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Different Mediums to Discover Different Perspectives

abeardall's picture

It's interesting being able to observe our classroom's dialogues from so many different perspectives. What we say in the classroom, what we post on Twitter, what people post in their Serendip blogs, and for those of us in the 360, what we discuss in our other classes and drawing connections between the three. Each medium brings out a different side to us. Those who may have difficulty speaking up in class may flourish through digital dialogue while others struggle with the barriers that technology presents. Through each form, we learn to process our thoughts and opinions in a new way, much like Lemke discusses when he talks about diverse literacies. Just how Riley's word came was French and didn't have quite the same meaning in English, using diverse mediums can create new understandings of concepts. Twitter forces us to make our thoughts concise and requires a very different type of language than the one we may use in class or even on Serendip. I was initially upset when I saw that Overbrook Elementary featured the Twitter as a means of encouraging the students to read but now I am beginning to realize that this generation has grown up with technology and that sites such as Twitter can serve as a gateway for students to encourage them to read and write, even if it only is in a 160 characters. The idea of using multiple mediums to gain new perspectives goes back to Adiche's The Danger of a Single Story, where she urges us to never make conclusions based on a single story. I think this is especially important to remember throughout our class, particularly in regards to what is "good reading and writing" and what is "bad." I look forward to seeing how the use of different technologies continues to influence the way we analyze material in class and discuss concepts amongst ourselves.


alesnick's picture

mediated dialogues

Ah -- so the medium of talk -- the stage as it were -- conditions what we [can] say, and how we gain access to our own and one another's thoughts?  This is interesting!  Thanks for connecting Adichie's call for more than a single story to the notion of more than a single medium or platform for dialogue . . and for connection this, in turn, to the need for more than a single story of good and bad writing/reading.  A discourse (according to Gee) includes a scale of value, yes?  so we will be more effective literacy workers as we gain flexibility to perceive these?