Blog #2 Multiliteracies & Multimodality

MultiLiteracies in Various Formats and Expectations


[The image above intrigued the blogger, especially in the prominent mention of StreetArt being a prevalent form of Literacy. This is an imaginative form of literacy that not all educators will consider as a literate form of expression, but one that is important to remember if it peaks students’ interests.]

Multiliteracies refer to the varying aspects of literate presentations. As Tonia Dousay explains in her first introduction and chapter of ‘Reinforcing Multiliteracies through Design Activities’, literacy has always been presented visually and through auditory messages. However, technology has taken a strong hold on literacy. Dousey explores the idea that literacy and technology now go hand-in-hand in the upcoming generations. It is important to show students how technology and literacy directly connect to one another. It seems that technology now goes hand in hand with literacy. In current and future generations, it will be extremely important for citizens to understand the connection between these multiliteracies. Despite the assumed norm of teaching in the classroom setting, it is important for educators to always be willing to adapt their lesson plans into new and fresh ideas that best fit their students interests and environments. As Dousay touches on, young individuals in the current generation use sharing, producing, and discovering media as apart of their everyday lives. Being that students are so comfortable with this form of discovery and expression, why not enhance these discoveries and build on these interests to fit into the classroom setting?

Being that it may not always be easy for educators for understand their students’ diverse learning needs, ‘The Multiliteracies Project’ provides educational opportunities that teachers can use within their classroom. These provided project ideas reach various forms of multiliteracies for teachers possibly struggling to relate to their students.

You should check it out here!  One of my favorites is the stuffed animal direction project! 🙂


[We all learn in different ways: oral, visual, auditory, hands on, etc. Not one person recalls in the exact same way as their peers.]

What is a Multimodal Text?


The interactive stories on the ‘10 Mind-blowing Interactive Stories..‘ were truly mind-blowing. These were amazing displays of multimodal technological displays of literacy. They required interaction and movement, has visual representation connecting the physical text and the reader to the stories, and visual descriptions of what the characters may be hearing during the story. ‘The Boat’ was one of the best online stories I had every seen/read. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys the visual and auditory representation styles of online technology. I couldn’t believe the connection I felt to the story just by scrolling down the website. These were truly prime examples of multimodal texts and literacies.




2 thoughts on “Blog #2 Multiliteracies & Multimodality

  1. Nikki, I loved this blog post—it was very clear, concise, and multimodal!

    I totally agree with everything you were saying about multiliteracies in your opening paragraph. With your discussion of and connection to the Dousay article, you were definitely able to get your point across about the power of technology in the classroom now, and in future generations. Technology and literacy really do go hand-in-hand and it is important for educators to stay up to date with the times and the interests of students, which you also discussed! There is an importance of media and technology in our society today, which definitely needs to be acknowledged in the classroom. I like how with this idea in mind you went on to connect ‘The Multiliteracies Project’ and ’10 Mind-blowing Interactive Stories’, which helped to show some examples of the connection between multiliteracies, other subject areas and technology.

    This was a great post and I look forward to reading your third one this week!

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  2. Nikki, I loved this blog post! It was incredibly sharable and specific.

    I really liked how you were able to describe multiliteracies without going on and on about it. I know I struggle to concisely explain things in my own blog post, so I really appreciate how you did it here. You were able to describe multiliteracies really well by mentioning how times have changed and therefore our definition of literacy should change as well in order to include technology. I really enjoyed your connection to learners as citizens, and how these literacies are important to keep in mind when functioning in society. I liked the way you related these topics to the readings, as well. I also really appreciated that you took the time to look through The Multiliteracies Project’s website and choose your favorite activity.

    All in all, you did a lot of great things in this post that I will definitely keep in mind as inspiration when writing my next post! I look forward to reading your next post this week.


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