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.

Today I am excited to finally introduce Evernote to my 10th grade students who are part of the Media 21 project.  I feel this social bookmarking and notetaking tool will be a powerful tool for supporting their multigenre research into veterans’ issues. In this new project, students are engaging in multiple ways of discovering, creating, and sharing information and knowledge:

  • Creating a traditional text narrative in the I-Search format
  • Creating individual Netvibes information portals that reflect the information sources and learning tools they are using to support their research of their selected veterans’ issues
  • Creating four multigenre artifacts that tap into many formats of knowledge representation, including art, music, digital creations
  • Blogging their lit circle reading journals (see below)
  • Blogging their research reflections
  • Maintaining a learning portfolio using Google Sites (5th period and 7th period)
  • Students will once again engage in our presentation zen style presentations on their topics
  • Creating videos to tell the story of their overall research experience (late April/early May), including how they have used their learning tools to create and cultivate a meaningful personal learning environment.

Information sources we are using in our research and learning how to better evaluate as authoritative sources include:

  • Interviews With Veterans or Experts On a Veterans’ Issue: this may be done face to face, via Skype, or via email with guided assistance from Ms. Lester and/or me.
  • Database Resources: may include journal articles, news articles, magazine articles, reference articles, podcasts, images, and/or videos.
  • Video Resources:  from established news outlet video channels or YouTube
  • Social  Media Resources: Twitter feeds or blogs
  • Books: print, ebooks, or digital (Google Books)

In addition to the research, students are working in small literature circles reading fiction or nonfiction texts related to specific wars or books that share the experiences of veterans.  Students are blogging their reading journals as well as commenting their lit circle teammates’ blog posts.

As you can see, students are indeed using a range of platforms for accessing information as well as recreating and interpreting it and the knowledge they are gleaning from their learning experiences.

Please check out my slidedeck below that outlines just a few of the ways Evernote can support transliteracy in your library and instruction:

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