1 July 2012

Transliteracy - For Those Who Dare

"The words of the language as they are originally spoken don’t seem to play any role at all in my mechanism of thought. The elements of my thought are certain signs, or more or less clear images, which in my case are of a visual and sometimes of a muscular type. The combination of these different images in productive thought is what enables me to make progress before there is any connection with logical construction in words or any other sign that could be communicated to others." - Einstein

 Creativity often seems to be elusive, the privilege of a few individuals, a chimera sought after yet intangible.  Rightly or wrongly, it is my belief that imagination plays a significant role in learning - consider how young children learn as they role-play and are swept away by their fertile imagination. The world is theirs, open, fluid, unfettered by "no, that is not possible". 

I sometime wonder where one loses that gift - is it at school? Or does one learn how to keep quiet, to keep one's imagination to oneself in order of self-preservation and to avoid public mockery?

Rememori is a different kind of game. Created by  Christine Wilks , players need to first select a character and then match the questions and answers which appear on their screen. 

In the words of the Christine Wilks, "Rememori is a degenerative memory game and playable poem that grapples with the effects of dementia on an intimate circle of characters.""

Games too hold elements of poetry, teaching one the fragilities of life. 

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein begins by asking viewers to play with their left hand. There are constellations to connect, constellations to listen to. Definitely one of the most creative sites I have recently come across. 

These sites may not suit all learners. Like everything else in life, all depends on context and how far one wishes to expand one's mind. 

Our world has become transliteral, mixing images, thoughts, sounds, emotions, language, all mutating into creative hybridization.  Many of the tools and platforms you find here, are in fact teaching students to mix media, to use language, images and sound to create their own digital stories, their own digital traces of transliteracy. 

Take Image Spike , Foto Mix, and even Picle  (an App) as three example of playing with images to transform what was there.

Transliteracy is often defined as "the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks."



Features of our life today and part of our learners' world.

How do you encourage learners to be transliteral?

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo.

Further references:

crissxross - inspirational and where you can find more digital stories and digitally creative work

Libraries and Transliteracy - excellent source to begin understanding transliteracy

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