Teaching Ideas for Teachers and Literacy Leaders

As stated many times throughout readings on transliteracy, "transliteracy is the ability to read, write, and interact across a variety of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio, and film to digital social networks."  The diagram to the left is a great visual to demonstrate how many platforms other than pen and paper are available for reading, writing, and interacting.  The possibilities for integration of these platforms into the classroom are endless.   
Included on this page:
1) A video we created that demonstrates a collection of transliteracy activities across multiple grade levels;
2) Links to an assortment of transliteracy activities that can be used in classrooms; 
3) An interactive bulletin board at the bottom for you to add your ideas for  
                                                                                 using transliteracy in the classroom.
Transliteracy In Action: K-12 (Video)

Google Docs Video

Transliteracy Activities for the Classroom 

Other than the ideas presented in the video above, here are some suggestions for incorporating transliteracy into a classroom:
QR Codes and Art - An activity that integrates art (vanGogh style paintings), iPads, QR codes, language arts and digitalstorytelling. On this same site, the Langwitches Blog, there is a related tutorial: How-To-Guide: Recording Audio Files and Generating QR Codes. In addition, this award-winning teacher provides numerous ideas on implementing the use of iPads in the elementary school classroom, as well as many other examples of students using transliterate practices to further their learning. Tolisano provides many tutorials and guides for teachers.
Transliteracy in Practice - A blog post that outlines in detail how transliteracy can be incorporated into a summer reading program.  The ideas could easily be incorporated into any English/Language Arts classroom.
Student Oral Reports with School Hallway Dioramas via AudioBoo - Audio narrations linked via QR codes for independent study projects.
Mapping the Museum: Teens Use Technology to Make Their Mark on The Art Institute - Explores a social mapping project where students use digital media to design their own annotated maps, in this case of their experiences in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Supporting Transliteracy in a High School Library - Documents how a high school teacher librarian supports transliteracy.

Storytelling - Elementary students used the wordless picture book Chalk to write a story and then create a narrated video.

Reading and Writing Transmedia - A collection of resources for transmedia storytelling.

Titanic Reinactment - Here is a link to a newspaper article on an activity that was completed last year to mark the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.  This is the CBC story that was aired on the project.
YouTube Video - This is a demonstration of a transmedia play experience.
YouTube Video - International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield and the Canadian band, Bare Naked Ladies collaborate across mulitple platforms to create this performance.  The idea could be adapted to a classroom. 

YouTube Video -This powerful piece of work about bullying uses a poem, spoken word, and art to create its message.

A Primer on Interactive Books - written by Laura Fleming, discusses the use of interactive books in the classroom to potentially engage reluctant readers.

iRead is a project in the US that demonstrates the ways in which digital audio can be a powerful learning tool in the elementary/middle school classroom to improve reading skills. Be sure to watch the video of students at work using their iPods. They demonstrate a wide range of literacies.

***A follow-up to the Transliteracy in Action video - In the video, you see a student working on a Social Studies assignment using Google Earth. Here is one of the completed assignments:

Western Cordillera


Interactive Bulletin Board

Please add your ideas below.