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This Transliterate Life

keynote, All Tech Considered: Navigating through multiliteracies, Houston Community College Faculty Conference, February 2, 2013

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This Transliterate Life

  1. 1. This Transliterate LifeAll Tech Considered: Navigating throughmultiliteraciesHouston Community College FacultyConferenceFebruary 2, 2013Bobbi L.
  2. 2. Exploring Transliteracy:- What is transliteracy?- Why does it matter?- How do we get there?
  3. 3. Transliteracy -a roseby anyother name
  4. 4. Transliteracy is the ability toread, write and interact across arange of platforms, tools and mediafrom signing and orality throughhandwriting, print, TV, radio andfilm, to digital social networks.-Thomas, et al
  5. 5. change of perspective away fromthe battles over print versus digital-Thomas et al.
  6. 6. Skills that transfer
  7. 7. …what it means to be literate in the21st century. It analyzes therelationship between people andtechnology…. It focuses more on thesocial uses of technology, whateverthat technologymay be.– Ipri, 2010
  8. 8. The most fundamental notion oftransliteracy is the ability to adapt.It’s creating a literacy and fluiditybetween mediums that’s not tied tospace ormodality.- Karp, 2010
  9. 9. Why does it matter?
  10. 10. The 21st century iswhen everythingchanges.And we have to beready.-Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood
  11. 11. Acceleration ofCommunication Technologies
  12. 12. The future is here it is justnot evenly distributed-William Gibson
  13. 13. Myth of the Digital Native
  14. 14. It is about far more than access to technology, it is about using technology well.
  15. 15. We are floating (orsinking) in a sea of technology.
  16. 16. We are exposed to more mediated messages in one day than our great-grandparents were exposed to in a year. -Center for Media Literacy
  17. 17. …much of whatgets posted on anygiven day is inpublic but not forthe public.- Shirky, 2009
  18. 18. You already have zero privacy. Get over it. McNealy ,1999
  19. 19. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler
  20. 20. If anyone can claim to be an Expert, What is an expert?
  21. 21. How?
  22. 22. … all communication typesacross time and culture. Itdoes not privilege one abovethe other but treats all as ofequal value and movesbetween and across them.-Thomas, et al
  23. 23. Remember technology is only a tool
  24. 24. Transliteracy happens in the placeswhere different things meet, mix, andrub together.-Thomas, et al
  25. 25. Own your weaknesses
  26. 26. Play
  27. 27. Takerisks
  28. 28. Fail
  29. 29. QuestionsBobbi L.
  30. 30. Photo Credits1. 16. 33/3. 17. 18. 19. 20. 046/7. Wordle 21. 22. 77/angel/120509366/ 23. 24. 25. Captain Jack Harkness 26. Endlessorigami.com12. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. /
  31. 31. References• Andretta, S. (2009). Transliteracy: Take a walk on the wild side. In World Library and Information Congress: 75 th IFLA Genreal Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy: 23-27.• Ipri, T. (2010) Introducing Transliteracy. College & Research Libraries News, 71(10), 532-567.• Karp, J. (2010, Oct 25). What is this buzz word “transliteracy”? (Blog) Retrieved from• Newman, B., et al. (2011). Beginner’s guide to transliteracy. Available online at’s-guide-to-transliteracy/• Saveri, A., Rheingold, H., & Vian, K. (2005). Technologies of cooperation. Palo Alto CA. Retrieved from• Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations. New York: Penguin Press.• Thomas, S., et al. (2007). Transliteracy: crossing divides. First Monday, 12(12). Online.