Where did the term transliteracy come from? The Transliteracies Research Project, directed by Alan Liu from the Department of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara, first introdu...
Sue Thomas from the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University writes:
"Transliteracy calls for a change of perspective away from the battles over print versus digital, and a move instead towards a unifying ecology not just of media, but of all literacies relevant to reading, writing, interaction and culture, both past and present. It is, we hope, an opportunity to cross some very obstructive divides."
Transliteracy is important to today's students because they are bombarded with images, video, audio, text, face-to-face interactions, primary sources, interviews, public speaking opportunities, and social media, and they need to be able to make sense of it and understand when and how to use different media to express themselves.
Transliteracy is also important from the educator's point of view: the information world of today has so many wonderful tools to make use of as we try to help students understand standards and targets: we need to be able to find and use these media and understand which would be best to help us reach particular students whose needs are not met in whatever the traditional format happens to be.
Our content targets are available in multiple media formats; can we access them and match them with our students' needs?