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Multiple Literacies & Web 2.0

ShaZam! Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century School Library

What is Transliteracy?

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.

Transliteracy.com

What is Storytelling?

 What is storytelling?

  • Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for. Russell Banks
  • The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. -Harold Goddard
  • Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
  • Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.-Salman Rushdie
  • There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.-Ursula K. LeGuin



What is digital storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitally.

Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association

Intellectual Property

Fair Use Clause

107: Limitatons on exclusive rights: Fair Use

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phone records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, the factors to be considered shall include:

1.The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; 
2.the nature of the copyrighted work; 
3.the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and 
4.the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. (added pub. l 94-553,

Title I, 101, Oct 19, 1976, 90 Stat 2546)

Thanks to Joyce Valenza

Digital Storytelling

View more presentations from David Jakes

How to Tell Digital Stories

Storytelling Tools

Select a story prompt or use one of your lesson/unit ideas:

    • I'll never forget the time I .......
    • There’s no place like home 
    • My mother/father never . . .
    • If I had a time machine . . .
    • My life as a movie
    • My biggest regret
    • My dream
    • My last lecture
    • My greatest love
    • My journey
    • I shouldn’t have . . .
    • My favorite pet
    • A memorable vacation
    • My super power
    • Me as a vegetable, car, flower . . .
    • My favorite “teacher”
    • Your favorite prompt . . 
  • Storyboard, script, collect images and other media across our digital story types
  • Produce!
  • Embed

Joe Lambert on Digital Storytelling

Audio Recording Tools

6 Apps Students Can Use to Create Quick Audio Recordings

Whether it is to record an interview or to send a quick note to yourself,
having a voice recording app on your phone or tablet can prove to be
helpful. Here are some of the apps that I have had success using on my
iPad and on my Android phone.

SoundCloud is an online service for recording, hosting,
and sharing audio tracks. You can use SoundCloud to
upload and share audio recordings that you have
stored on your computer. SoundCloud can also be
used for directly recording a spoken track. One of
the really neat features of SoundCloud is the option to comment on
tracks as they are playing. To make a comment just play the track, click
on it, then type your comment in the comment box. Your comment(s)
will be attached to the spot in the track that you clicked on while
listening. SoundCloud has apps for Android and iOS devices.

Audio Memos is an iOS app for creating and
sharing audio messages. The app is available
in three versions. The free version is limited
to 3MB recordings, the $0.99 version is limited
to 15MB recordings, and the "pro" $9.99 version
has a nice selection of audio editing tools built-in.
Some of the features that are available in all three
versions of the app are automatic pause if a call
comes in while you're recording, recording volume controls, and recording even when your iPhone or iPad goes to sleep.

Audioboo is a free tool for creating audio messages
to share on the web. Using Audioboo you can record messages on your mobile device using Audioboo's free Android or iPhone apps. You can also record messages directly on the Audioboo website. Messages that you create can be shared by embedding your recording into a blog or website. You can also share messages
by posting them to Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, and Tumblr. 

Tape a Talk is a recording app for Android. The feature of Tape a Talk that
is most appealing to me is that recordings can continue even if your phone
has turned off the display (something that some other apps don't do). You
can also record to an existing audio file on your phone. Recordings are
saved on your phone. The free version of Tape a Talk is ad-supported
while the pro version costs about $6 USD.

iRecord might be the simplest of the apps I've tried. It has a very
straight-forward interface. Simply launch the app, press record,
press it again to stop the recording, then save to your phone. The
length of your recordings is only limited by the space you have on
your phone's SD card.


Hi-Q MP3 Recorder, as the name implies,
records your audio as an MP3 that you can
export from your phone's SD card, email to
yourself, or send via Bluetooth to storage off
of your phone. The app will continue to record
even if your phone has changed screens or gone
to black for battery preservation. The free version
of this app allows you to record for up to ten minutes.

NCTE 21st Century Literacies

The Definition of 21st Century Literacies

Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee
February 15, 2008

Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities and social trajectories of individuals and groups. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to

  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

Assessment Tools

  • Storytelling Rubric (Jason Ohler)

Thanks to Springfield Township High School

Examples of Digital Storytelling & Links

The Center for Digital Storytelling is a non-profit project development dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Their focus is on developing large-scale projects for community, educational and business institutions.


Capture Wales is a BBC project to share the richness of life in Wales through stories made by the people of Wales. Ongoing monthly public workshops are held around Wales to help citizens create their own digital stories.

DigiTales StoryKeepers Gallery features stories from classrooms, camps, and communities from across the country and overseas. Take a bit of time to view the docudramas - using storytelling for making facts, events, and people through time come alive AS IF the author were really there - a great classroom connection for storytelling.


Next Exit is an interactive theatrical performance created and presented by Dana Atchley, the co-inspirer of the personal storytelling movement that has touched many countries and many ordinary people's lives. In the performance, Atchley sits on a log next to a digital campfire and, drawing from a virtual suitcase of seventy stories, creates a unique selection for each audience. Next Exit is an excellent example of the positive impact of new technology on the ancient art of storytelling.

Telling LIVES is a non-profit project with the BBC inviting teenagers, World War II veterans, and ordinary people from England to tell their stories.

Photobus This is Daniel Meadow's website.

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