I am currently working on my MEd at Nipissing University and loving my current course “New Literacies: Making Multiple Meanings“. We have spent 10 weeks inquiring into traditional literacies, new literacies, multiliteracies, digital literacies, multi-modalities and beyond!
And now, for our penultimate assignment, we have been asked to share our vision for the future of literacy. I have chosen to focus my vision on the future of literacy instruction in schools. I have chosen to share my vision here, publicly with all of you, in hopes of stimulating a conversation about the future of literacy instruction beyond the four (virtual) walls of my online classroom. I have chosen to share my vision through words, images, screenshots, inforgraphics, memes and videos.
So here it goes….
I hope, in the future, students are encouraged to express their ideas and communicate through multi-modalities, using words, images, movement, sounds, videos, emojis, gifs, symbols, memes, hashtags and more…
(Screenshot from course participant)
I hope, in the future, that educators realize the very meaning of the word “literacy” is deictic.
(Screenshot from this published article)
I hope, in the future, educators realize that literacies are situated in time and place – not a frozen constant that have always existed and will always exist.
I hope, in the future, educators are discerning and fair in their criticism of new literacies and the technologies that make them possible.
(Labelled for non-commercial reuse here)
I hope, in the future, educators realize the volume of information being created and consumed without the use of pencils and paper.
I hope, in the future, the power of youth literacies are understood and harnessed in the classroom.
(Original image created by compilation of screenshots of classmates posts)
I hope, in the future, students are not confined by limitations of past literacies, but encouraged and supported to be readers, writers and communicators in the time period they were born in.
(Original image photographed by me)
I hope, in the future, narrative inquiries move beyond books to include the exploration of films and video games.
I hope, in the future, students are not only allowed, but also supported in learning how to share their ideas through blogs, tweets, snaps, instagram posts, podcasts, videos, vlogs, thinglinks, powtoons and more.
(Screenshot of classmate’s post)
I hope, in the future, the school system sees creativity and literacy as inextricably linked… unable to survive without each other.
I hope, in the future, that vernacular, situated, authentic and artifactual literacies play more of a central role.
(Original image compiled from screenshots)
I hope, in the future, a hyperlink is perceived no differently than a MLA citation.
I hope, in the future, students have their own Personal Learning Networks where they can connect globally with like minded learners, not confined by geographic location or age groupings.
I hope, in the future, the use of screenshots, memes and mashups are not seen as infringements on copyright.
I hope, in the future, classrooms show just as much (if not more) evidence of the 6 Cs than the 3 Rs.
(Screenshot taken from course material in summary of this publication)
I hope, in the future, to witness the death of the 5 paragraph essay, the weekly spelling test, the hamburger paragraph, the reading log, the story plot chart, the reverence of the paper dictionary, and the overinflated sense of importance placed on penmanship.
(Original meme created by me at memegenerator.com)
I hope, in the future, education will prepare students for the world that is and will be… not the world that once was.
Finally, I hope that this future I have envisioned is not a distant future, but a near future – mere years away… months away… days away… or, perhaps hopefully, already happening.