Looking at Transliteracy Through the TPACK Lens Will Technology Change Reading?
In his introduction to the TPACK model (https://youtu.be/eXLdqO0fY3w) Punya Mishra makes a provocative statement. He says that technology has not only changed how we teach (pedagogy), but also what we teach (content). He points out that information no longer comes in a drip, it comes in a deluge. We don’t teach knowledge, per se, of a content area anymore, we teach how to access and filter information. I would add that information and knowledge are not synonymous. Knowledge is constructed and becomes part of a person’s mind. It is usable. It is information put to action by a whole host of other skills, character qualities, and choices.
So I asked myself this about reading - is it information? Is reading in danger of becoming obsolete through that lens? Reading certainly provides information. It is the skill and process by which we access information. Certainly reading will change with the times. Already the physically bound book is making its way into the annals of the past. Reading, writing, publishing, storing information - all of it will be digital. Those of us who love the smell and heft of a book will need to visit a museum or make our bookshelves our own museums. Probably reading will become more reliant on what we used to call textual clues - pictures, charts, photos. Now infographics and videos will BE text. It’s a matter of semantics. But I’ll maintain... Should I maintain ...that reading itself will not disappear?
September 2017; semester 3 After our first 703 class discussion, the theories of Marshall McLuhan are much on my mind. Literacy...Mediacy… Transliteracy… is it just semantics? Will reading from a page in a linear fashion become obsolete? Reading as an act done by an individual with linear text did not always exist. It evolved to this due to advances in technology : phonemic language, printed language, the printing press, etc. Humans communicated and thrived without reading for centuries. Will technology advances possibly change reading drastically again? Do I need to adjust my driving question to reflect the predictions about how the digital media will actually change the human brain and our way of thinking, learning, communicating, organizing society, and reading?
"How do we use digital transliteracy to support literacy?"