Digital technologies have changed literacy as we know it, and design will change the way it is received. As teachers, we cannot avoid the change taking place much faster outside of our classrooms. Kids know what is available to them, and we should embrace our students' ability to do more. Transliteracy is inextricably linked to Web 3.0. While definitions for Web 3.0 vary, the Web is changing. Web 3.0 is often referred to as the semantic web, with personalization, intelligent searches, and a seamless diffusion across devices to deliver information.
Transliteracy is multidimensional and creates a level of communication that transcends the status quo. We have long advocated for teaching students to think like a designer to transform the way they learn. While expanding the curriculum can sometimes lead to bells and whistles taking over scholarship, it is important to place emphasis on content first, and savor the pretty for second.
From an educational standpoint, this means that learning to design information in different ways is necessary. Transliteracy changes the process of how we see, and it conveys facets of meaning for a digital age. It uses D-LIT, design, literacies, information, and technology, in a multifaceted way to build content. The better trained our students are in understanding what it means to be transliterate, the more they will be ready for Web 3.0.
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