Blog 2-Multiliteracies and Multimodality

As stated in my previous post, literacy is most commonly described as the ability to read and write. In 1996, the New London Group created the term ‘multiliteracies‘ in order to broaden the definition of literacy. The New London Group saw a need for change in literacy practices to accompany the changes that were occurring in the world. Multiliteracies create a space for students to become creative and innovative when it comes to literacy. Students are able to express their thoughts and ideas in ways that make sense to them. Multiliteracies recognize the benefits of the digital world, as well as the diverse backgrounds that students come from.

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Technology is vital in our day to day lives.

Multimodalities create a way for students to express their ideas. Expression can be done through a variety of ways including through visual or audible representation. Technology plays a key part in helping students accomplish these means of expression.

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Without technology, many students would lack the opportunitiy to communicate and participate effectively in our society.

In chapter one of Seeing All Kids as Readers, we are introduced to a young boy named Isaac who has been diagnosed with Trisonomy 21. Isaac’s parents recently removed their son from his previous school to a new, fully inclusive school. In his previous school, he was placed in a room of disabled peers who were non-verbal, and there was no emphasis on literature what so ever. When he enters his new inclusive school he is fully involved in the process of choosing what book they will be reading, and even started a class dance party in the middle of the book. Isacc’s literate identity was able to shine through in his new classroom. Through his interest in books by Maurice Sendak, the teacher was able to include him fully into their circle time by creating the focus around his favorite book, Where the Wild Things Are. Isaac brought joy to his class as he got his classmates to join him in dancing like the characters in the book.

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One of my favorite resources this week is the interactive stories website. Each story is filled with informative texts and audio that really draw the readers in. These sites take a creative twist to story telling and literature as a whole. Various pictures and facts accompany many of these stories. Throughout my time checking out some of these stories, I came across the story of, “Killing Kennedy“. I was brought to a quote by JFK that resonated with me when thinking about inclusive education, and children like Isaac.

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As future teachers, we should constantly be striving to properly and effectively educate all of our students so that they do not become lost in our society, and cast aside as invaluable. Students like Isaac deserve to be active participants in classrooms. They deserve to be literate beings, and they deserve to have a chance to create their own literate identity.

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2 thoughts on “Blog 2-Multiliteracies and Multimodality

  1. I agree with the statement you made in the last paragraph about constantly striving to properly and effectively educate all of our students so they do not become lost in our society. After our students’ finish their schooling years, they will enter society hopefully with the tools, resources, and skills that they learned in school. As society is changing, the school system needs to change as well. Nowadays, technology is apart of society’s daily life and a lot of jobs in today’s society require the applicant to be technologically savvy. Therefore schools need to incorporate technology into the classroom, so it makes since that interactive stories are becoming a popular resource for teachers to use in teaching subjects. Interactive stories combines written words with audio as well as visuals, which hits three different types of learning styles all in one. I loved the natural flow of the interactive stories as well. I can easily see these videos being incorporated into lessons and seeing the students positively react to them. When we expose student’s to technology and the different ways we can interact with it, we open their brains to a different way of learning, creating, and growing. We help students enter the society that is today and the future.

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  2. Your quote from John F. Kennedy is extremely powerful and it leaves your viewers with a strong message. It is extremely important for teachers to individualized their teaching methods in order to reach every student in their classroom. No child should be left behind because once they are extremely behind, then it is difficult to get back on track. Leading to many students being misunderstood and labeled for reasons that they couldn’t even avoid.
    I felt as though the interactive stories were a great resource for students because they were also powerful and engaging for students. The stories provide us with a primary source of the person’s story and what they went through in their life. It allows us to visually see what they were seeing as well as put ourselves in their shoes. These stories were very personal and created a connection between the person telling the story and the person reading the story.
    Overall, the New London Group made the right choice to create the term “multiliteracies.” Without this term, most students would be lost in the classroom due to the high amounts of diversity that is present in today’s classrooms.

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