6 January 2011


Digital literacy is often understood to be the ability to locate, organise, evaluate and understand information using digital technology. That is something the majority of us do on a regular basis, to varying degrees. 

So, what is transliteracy? Transliteracy, again, is something that many of us engage in, at different levels. 

On the one hand, if some people claim that young people don't read as much as they should, there are also others who understand that never have the young generations read and written as much as today. Today young people communicate with a range of interactive platforms - from digital social networks, to creating movies and other forms of digital communication with a wealth of tools available online. 

Ryan Nadel explains transliteracy as "the ability to adapt" and that transliteracy is creating a "literacy and fluidity between mediums that's not tied to space or modality". 

This does not mean that books will no longer have a place in our lives. Ryan Nadel continues by explaining that " We are tearing away from its original association with the medium of written text and applying it as a term that can refer to any kind of medium. There will be a unifying ecology of not just media, but all literacies relevant to reading, writing, interaction and culture, both past and present". 

Just as candles did not disappear with electricity, so too books and stories won't end, even if their forms are different. 

Inanimate Alice is an example of transliterate story telling -  the story of Alice and her imaginary digital friend, Brad. The story develops through text, sound, images, music and games, becoming at times, almost a game itself.

 Inanimate Alice has won many awards and is one of the most interesting interactive stories for both adults and children. 

Dreaming Methods is another of interesting site developing transliteracies. Dreaming Methods is a fusion of writing and new media, with stories exploring imaginary memories and dream-inspired states. The stories catch you by surprise but are never dull. Explore Hypnagogia, where the fusion of writing and new media are reflected on and where you can join the discussion of today's new forms of story telling.

Canadian Shakespeare is a site which offers readers an interactive reading experience with an interactive portfolio of Romeo and Juliet as well as a wealth of information on Shakespeare's plays. If you are interested in knowing more about Shakespeare's plays, this is definitely a site worth spending time on. 

How can you too create digital stories and share your transliteracy skills?

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