The Importance Of Multimodality And Digital Literacy

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1. Multimodality is the idea that text is not just print. For example, these text include; visuals and audio. Multimodality shows that paper and pencil are not the only things to express words. (New London Group, 1996). Print represents only one mode of communication, and it is not always the most important focus”. Color, line, shape, or texture can also be thought of as modes because each design element allows students to use their own interpretation (Curwood & Hassett, 2009). When I think of multimodality I think of jumping from one form of text to another. That could be in a literal way, jumping from bold text to red text. Another example is jumping from reading text and watching it, along with listening to it.
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The use of these skills is evident within all literacy practices, and they are readily recognizable as being necessary or useful components of literacy. (Hutchinson, Woodward, & Colwell, 2016). Conventional literacy is the foundation of all literacies out there. Without it, there would be no literacy. It is what students are taking part it in with the help of digital literacies. Digital literacies enhance conventional for students who know how to use and navigate using different technologies. Anything a student does on a digital device involves digital and conventional literacy, they are connected. Digital literacy is different in comparison to conventional literacy because students have to be able to understand conventional literacy before being able to take part in digital literacy. Digital literacy also includes students being knowledgeable of the technology device being used and it’s roll in their education. Along with that, teachers have to be educated on the digital devices as well. Like stated before, without conventional literacy students nor teachers would have the necessary knowledge to learn how to use different digital …show more content…
When discussing digital literacy in the 1st grade classroom, it becomes difficult because students need the foundation or at least some conventional literacy to use digital devices at their fullest potential. Though some students may have more exposure to different technologies or digital literacies at home, that doesn’t mean all students have this capability. First grade is the main grade students starting learning conventional literacy, therefore I believe it will be somewhat difficult to incorporate digital literacy in the classroom. In the 7th grade classroom, it will be much easier. Students in this grade more than likely are on their phones and digital devices at home. They have more opportunities of exposure and have most likely gained knowledge on conventional literacy and if not, digital literacy can enhance their conventional literacy. Students this age and in this generation are far more capable of figuring out digital literacy in comparison to a first

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