Transliteracy: Exploring New Dimensions in Digital Literacy

From always-on connectivity to binge-watching, from deepfakes to virtual reality, and from social media to the powerful smartphones that connect us, there is no question that technology has reframed how people communicate and interact. How these shifts influence how we consume and produce media challenges us to reshape how we think about the concept of literacy and what it means to be literate in 2020 and beyond.

Traditionally, and in its purest form, literacy has focused on reading, writing, and communicating. Others will define literacy as the ability to know and interact with your world. For schools, promoting the development of contemporary literacy in students means creating and implementing learning environments and strategies that address the ubiquitous use and impacts of technology, while considering how future technologies will continue to reshape how we access and process information, create and communicate.

In this session, we’ll explore the concept of transliteracy as a way to broaden how we think about what it means to be literate in 2020 and beyond. Transliteracy – defined as the ability to read, write and interact across a range of mediums from simple orality to the most sophisticated communication through digital networks – provides a useful organizing construct for a new model of literacy, intimately influenced by digital technologies. We’ll discuss what this means for schools, and consider strategies for the application of transliteracy to teaching and learning and how these strategies can reshape what students experience at school.

In 1967, John Culkin stated that “we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” If it was true, then, it is even more real today. Join the session for an informative and stimulating conversation on how schools can address the impact of the digital technologies that are redefining the concept of literacy while reshaping us.

Learning Objectives

By attending this session, attendees will be able to:

Explain traditional views of literacy and how they have influenced education and schools.

Explain Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message” as a way to understand the impact of media on the lives of people.

Define the concept of transliteracy and apply the concept to the development of a new worldview associated with what it means to be literate.

Identify and prioritize the impacts of digital technology on the teaching and learning ecosystem and explain how these impacts influence what it means to be transliterate.

Discuss instructional methodologies that promote transliteracy.

Identify and explore the role of emergent technologies and how they can be positioned within school learning environments.

Identify a “next-step challenge” that each participant can focus on to continue their learning.

June 4 @ 10:00
10:00 am — 10:50 am (50′)

David Jakes