Welcome to our professional development wiki on the topic of Transliteracy.

What is transliteracy?

"Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. As a behavior, it is not new — indeed it reaches back to the very beginning of culture — but it has only been identified as a working concept since the Internet allowed humans to communicate in ways which seem to be entirely novel" (Thomas et al, 2007, para 3-4). Not only can students use the information provided, they must be able to transfer skills from one platform to another. It is not only technology-based but also incorporates traditional ways of communicating.
Transliterate opportunities should be interesting, interactive with peers and supported through academics. Students should have the time and support to create/produce within an open environment and have the ability to share their knowledge. (Sarah J, 2012, para 8).

Why Transliteracy and Libraries?

"Libraries are uniquely situated to be at the forefront of appreciating how transliteracy manifests in the real world. They already have a developed understanding of the underlying concepts. Susie Andretta from London Metropolitan University observes:
  • libraries are already meeting the challenges of transliteracy by crossing the divide between printed, digital and virtual worlds to address the constantly changing needs of the learners they support.
Libraries have to keep in mind that transliteracy is not a library-centric concept; it has its origins outside of libraries and will continue to evolve independently" (Libraries and Transliteracy).

Dr.Gail Bush talks about what transliteracy is, why it is important for teachers and teacher-librarians, and how it is different than information literacy.

Questioning the Answer - Dr. Gail Bush from the National Louis University (February 2012)

Where to begin?

Transliteracy is not something that can be taught in a single lesson or even within a single year of instruction. It is a continued process in which students experience opportunities to use information from a variety of formats and sources to better understand the world around them. It is meant to be taught throughout the curriculum, not within a specific unit of study. Introducing transliteracy can seem like a daunting task; however, through a variety of classroom experiences, students will have several opportunities to explore the world of information and begin to learn about what it means to be transliterate and develop skills that transfer from one platform to another.

This wiki was created for you to be able to understand what transliteracy is, recognize the important role transliteracy plays in teaching and learning, and to consider ways to incorporate it into your current practice and role.

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Questions to Consider:

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What is one question or wonder that you have about transliteracy?

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