Sunday, February 19, 2012

Multimodal Composition in Classrooms: Relation to the course?

The article for this week, Multimodal Composition in theClassroom, was very interesting for a number of reasons—

- pointed out the possibility of increasing student involvement using technology in the classroom.
            - introduced the term “circulating literacy”
            - challenged the “status quo” of reading/writing classrooms.

It read like a call-to-action as Lalitha Vasudevan, Katherine Schultz and Jennifer Bateman explained the benefits of introducing and allowing students to use multimodal composition.

However, I’m having trouble connecting this reading to our work on the magazine. How does this relate to producing an online magazine?


  1. Mattie, that's a totally on-point observation. I ask grads to come up with issues they are interested and teach us about them and so they are not always "immediately" tied to the DIN project. I think, however, this reading makes an important call beyond the classroom to open up our ideas of reading and writing. So often, maybe particularly with literary work, we think of writing as alphabetic. This piece calls us to write with and through many modes - audio, video, images, etc.

  2. Thanks for your question Mattie! I agree with Jen, that this article can be seen as elucidating a pedagogy for mulimodal composing in classrooms, as it provides and discusses successful examples of mutlimodal composing within a 5th grade class. I think articles like this may help us as editors and publishers of DIN to think about the potential employment of mutlimodal forms of composing that incorporate a diversity of sounds, images, videos, photographs, ect. as a way of making meaning and expressing our situated identities and differences in profound new ways. Ways that may create special meaning for us personally or for the communities we belong to.

  3. As someone who has spent a great deal of time thinking about incorporating technology into the classroom, I think that you make some excellent points. The best way to reach students is to get down on there level which happens to be an increasingly technological level.