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Transliteracy- QR Codes and Art

Transliteracy is defined on Wikipedia as

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. The modern meaning of the term combines literacy with the prefix trans-, which means “across; through”, so a transliterate person is one who is literate across multiple media.

Ryan Nadel, in an interview on Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, defines transliteracy even further:

“The most fundamental notion of transliteracy is the ability to adapt. It’s creating a literacy and fluidity between mediums that’s not tied to space or modality.”

I agree with Ryan: Transliteracy is closely related to “fluency“:

  • the ability to know when to use one media over another
  • the ability to move effortlessly between media
  • the ability to comprehend, build upon, and remix different kind of media
  • the ability to relate, communicate and connect via multiple forms of media
  • moving between media feels: intuitive, unconscious and smooth

Let me share a transliterate learning opportunity with you that I created (Art, iPads, QR codes, Language Arts and Digital Storytelling)  in collaboration with our Art teacher, Mrs. Gutterman and the 4th grade classroom teacher, Mrs. Teitelbaum?

During Art class, fourth graders adapted Vincent van Gogh’s chairs and placed things on and  around them that were important to them.

In Language Arts, students wrote a script, explaining their choices of what they drew and why it was important to them.

We all gathered in the library to record their script as an audio file on the iPad. We used the AudioMemos app (free) to record. Students then emailed the wav file to me.

  1. I then converted the .wav files to mp3 files with Garageband, since I did not know if all mobile devices would play .wav files easily.
  2. These files were then uploaded via FTP to our school’s server
  3. I inserted the URL of each mp3 file into http://goo.gl
  4. Clicked on “Details” to get to the generated QR code
  5. Saved the QR codes as an image file

 

I inserted the images into a page and then printed the QR codes out for the Art teacher to attach them to the original art work.

Now anyone with a QR scanner on their Smartphone, iTouch or iPad walking by the art work, can scan and listen to the student artist’s audio reflection. The next step was to create a poster to catch the attention of the visitors and parents walking by and give a short explanation of what to do with the QR code

 

 

 

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  1. [...] Via Scoop.it – QR Code Art Transliteracy is defined on Wikipedia as 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.Via langwitches.org [...]

  2. [...] She created a poster to catch the attention of the visitors and parents walking by and gives a short explanation of what to do with the QR code; fantastic idea! Check out her excellent blog. [...]

  3. Jon Sumner says:

    That is a seriously clever idea! Love the way you had the QR codes on the drawings.

  4. [...] very exciting idea that has come from Silvia at the Langwitches blog is teaching students to integrate interactivity into their static pieces of artwork. They were asked in an artwork class to draw their [...]

  5. Dale says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea!

    Its great that the children are able to share what they were thinking when they were painting, even better to use so many different technologies to make it happen! The QR codes were a touch of genius!

    Thanks again,

    - Dale

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  8. dark says:

    The kids are very cute while they are using iPad for art lessons. Actually, their teachers could actually teach them how to write using their iPad through the Ghostwriter Notes app. It’s easy to use that toddlers can use the app.

  9. [...] her article titled “Transliteracy-QR Codes and Art,” Silvia presents a great cross-content-area lesson to do with your students. They created [...]

  10. Jim Dhaem says:

    Found the video; added another post about your project to my blog http://www.qrcartist.com

    http://www.qrcartist.com/2011/qr-codes-at-mlds/

  11. [...] on a project by Sylvia Tolisano we will be working on an art, ELA, and technology project over then next few [...]

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