Multimodal Strategies for Creative Literacy
Explore and create : BYOD
Wednesday, June 26, 1:00–2:00 pm
Rebecca Goddard Jennifer Hall Wanda Hanley
How do you define "text"? The emerging definition of text is "anything that students can read, write, view, listen to or explore, including books, photographs, films, articles, music, art and more." Learn how to implement multimodal media as text in any classroom for instruction and assessment.
|Audience:||Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||None at this time.|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Subject area:||Language arts|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
The purpose of this presentation is to share the idea that text is no longer defined as a words on a page or screen. Today, text is around us in many forms of media. Therefore, using many of the same ideas that we use to develop literacy of traditional text can be enhanced to develop literacy skills in multimodal media.
Using many forms of media beyond video such as podcasts, images, sound effects, and closed captioning, we will share how literacy strategies engage learners to think deeper. For example, we will share how we use sketchnoting strategies with podcasts to analyze presidential speeches or Shakespeare. We will also share how we use audio clips like a marching army to build suspense and rise while teaching the fall of the Roman Empire. Additionally, we will share multiple strategies for citing evidence and making claims, identifying main ideas and supporting details, sequencing of events, and many more.
Most of all, when attendees leave our session, we want them to use multimodal media as tools to enhance content area instruction with a focus on literacy. Changing the pattern of the examination of traditional text to a deep understanding of text using digital media will mean a shift in mindset but it is a path that will lead to student success.
The presentation will be divided into 4 main parts:
1) What is literacy and text?
2) Video (with sound, without sound, closed captioning, etc.)
3) Audio (podcasts, speeches, sound effects, etc.)
We will begin with a 10 minute share session on the changing ideas of text and literacy. We will use a digital tool to collect ideas of what literacy looks like today and then discuss as a group the need to incorporate multimodal literacy to our students. We will also share strategies for reluctant teachers.
Next we will spend approximately 10 minutes on each of the forms of media represented above sharing strategies for incorporating meaningful digital text in the classroom. Attendees will participate in learning 4-6 new strategies each for using video, audio, and images in their classroom.
We will close the session by sharing our resource library of lessons and student examples that go beyond the 12-18 strategies already shared. Attendees will have the opportunity to add their own strategies to the list via a digital collection tool. (We have used Padlet in the past but are eager to try a new tool.)
Walsh, M. (2010). Multimodal Literacy: What does it mean for classroom practice? Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 33.
Bowen, T., & Whithaus, C. (2013). Multimodal literacies and emerging genres. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Troy, H. (2013). Crafting digital writing: Composing texts across media and genres. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Jennifer Hall has been an educator for more than twenty-one years and currently serves as an Educational Technology Specialist (ETS) for Atlanta Public Schools. As a National Board Certified Teacher, Jen has seventeen years of middle school classroom experience. Jen’s expertise includes technology integration, gifted education, project-based learning, curriculum writing, digital resources, Web 2.0 tools, video production, and professional development. As an ETS, Jen collaborates with teachers, works with students and provides school-based trainings, as well as district-wide professional development. Jen is passionate about all things #edtech and loves working with teachers to enhance instruction and engage students.