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Rich Library: Multimodal


Providing access to a variety of multimodal texts that align with the interests of learners allows them to practice digital, information, and Critical Literacy. Because adolescents are exposed to increasingly complex print and digital texts in and out of school, offering these texts that include audio, images, music, and video content can provide opportunities for students to apply their strategies to engage with these texts. Allowing students to use multimodal texts collaboratively can also make them more meaningful, but it is also important to provide adequate scaffolding for students to be deeply engaged.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this eighth grade teacher uses a variety of digital tools -- PBS Kids, Nearpod, Padlet, Tellagami, Google Drive, and Kahoot -- to support student learning and collaboration on a lesson about Vocabulary and mood. She explains her thinking and reasoning behind why she chose certain resources for different aspects of the lesson. Towards the end, the students reflect on the lessons and how the different tools and modalities supported their learning experience.

  • Having multiple resources available for students exposes them to relevant genres that they encounter in the 21st century, like blogs, lyrics, videos, web pages, online discussions, fanfiction, and other digital spaces, which can develop their Disciplinary Literacy. Providing students with choice around various topics can increase their interest and Motivation, providing a deeper foundation of Background Knowledge that can also help with their Composition. For students who may not have access to technology or connectivity outside of school, it is even more pressing that teachers provide access to these multimodal resources at school.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learning Management Systems like Canvas can help teachers and students create multimodal resources for a variety of topics. Starting at 4:49, watch how a page can include text, videos, and a variety of other online resources to support digital literacy.

  • Products that include multimodal resources in their online libraries can deepen engagement and relevance for learners. Products can also publish and showcase multimodal compositions that are created by learners in their libraries. Including multiple topics for learners to choose from can further create a positive Literacy Environment.
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