Video of Keynote Lecture at 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career

I've been sent videos of 3 lectures at the 3Ts conference at SUNY Empire State College on 15 March 2013. My talk is embedded below and features introductions by the college provost, Deborah Amery, and the Dean, Tom Mackey.  I really enjoyed all of our conversations that day.

OER 101

Presentation by Mark McBride and Beth Burns about SUNY Buffalo State's OER 101 course
Metaliteracy: Dean Thomas Mackey

Sue Thomas Lecture

A lecture on Transliteracy delivered by Sue Thomas on March 15, 2013

Transliterate Spaces at 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career

Here are my slides from 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career, held at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs on 15 March 2013. Thanks to Tom Mackey and Michele Forte and their colleagues for a very stimulating and enjoyable event. We talked about many things in the course of the day and I tried to keep a note of all the links I needed to pass on. Here, in no particular order, are the items I think I promised to share. Do contact me if I missed anything.
And here are a couple of photos of you all from the start of the day. 

Videos from Sorbonne Colloque « Translittératies : enjeux de citoyenneté et de créativité » 7-9 novembre 2012

There is an excellent series of videos recording this event organised by Prof Divina Meigs and her colleagues in Paris in November 2012. Here are two of the videos introducing transliteracy – Professor Alan Liu, of the University of California Santa Barbara, and myself, Professor Sue Thomas, of De Montfort University, Leicester. Follow this link for the whole set.


Trailer for the 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career Conference

CFP – 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career Conference – Deadline 26 November


I'm delighted to have been asked to keynote at this conference at SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning, March 15, 2013. The full CFP is here and the deadline is 26 Nov.

Conference Proposals should address one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the 21st century literacies that learners need from K-12 to higher education? 
  • How do we transition transliterate learners from cradle to career? 
  • Will transliteracy bridge literacy education from cradle to career? 
  • How do we engage K-12 teachers and college educators in transliteracy conversations and collaborations? 
  • How does technology inform and support our transliteracy teaching practices? 
  • In a world of new literacies, how do we integrate transliteracy, metaliteracy, and/or media and information literacy in our teaching?

There's a lot to discuss! I'm very much looking forward to meeting my American colleagues.

Transliteracy en Francais #translitteratie #translitteraties #tranlitteratie

20121108_170751Last week in Paris I learned there are several French Twitter hashtags for transliteracy including #translitteratie #translitteraties and #tranlitteratie (I've skipped the accents, apologies) but the one which seemed to win out was #translitteratie which was heavily used by @AnneCordier a Lecturer in Information Sciences and Communication at the University of Rouen, who provided an excellent running commentary to the proceedings.

It was a great opportunity to learn about French approaches to transliteracy and my first time wearing headphones for simultaneous translation, which was produced from a portable translation unit parked at the back of the room. See the picture. Ingenious!

The presentations are all available here, in a wonderful mishmash of french and english. 


#AASL12 Fall Forum: Transliteracy and the School Library Program

AASLTransliteracy is the topic of this year's Association of American School Librarians Fall Forum in Greenville, South Carolina, taking place this week 12/13 October 2012. Transliteracy and the School Library Program  is "designed to help school librarians develop strategies for integrating transliteracy skills into subject areas across the curriculum. Discussions will articulate the range of skills known as transliteracy skills and highlight current research on how young people learn and play in the contemporary online environment." Definitely worth a follow #aasl12

Tropical Storm Irene and Social Media

Image from CBC News.

Recently Tropical Storm Irene has ripped it’s way through several areas causing massive destruction. It “began as a hurricane and was later reduced to a tropical storm and then downgraded again to a post-tropical cyclone, delivered enough rain to cause flooding in Lower Manhattan on Sunday.” Irene then moved on to Canada, leaving thousands without power in Quebec and the Atlantic Canada. During the raging storm, people kept abreast of news using Twitter and other social media tools. Some interesting examples include:


Twitter Reaction to Tropical Storm Irene: Relief by  on Mashable

The Live Time Square Webcam via EarthCam

Search Twitter for #Irene

A Crowdsourced Damage Map via Sarah Kessler on Versions.



Here’s a YouTube video by catdoodle documenting the storm in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. 

New Media Writing Prize 2011

New Media Writing Prize 2011

Bournemouth University’s Media School is delighted to announce the second annual prize for new media writing.

The prize encourages writers working with new media to showcase their skills, provoke discussion and raise awareness of new media writing, the future of the 'written' word and storytelling. The prize is split into two categories: student and professional. The winners in each category will receive a valuable bundle of new media hardware and software. The judging panel are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction.

Anyone can apply! Whether you’re a student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a Flash designer or an enthusiast, the competition is open to all. It's an international competition, open to all outside the UK. The deadline is midday on Monday 31 October 2011 and each entry should be submitted by email to Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony on the 23 November where the winner will be announced. There will be substantial media coverage for the Awards, and winners will be given full acknowledgement in all press releases and related material.

For further information please visit the New Media Writing Prize website.

A high profile Awards Ceremony will be staged at Bournemouth University on Wednesday 23 November. An esteemed panel of judges will select winning entries that will be published on high profile new media web-hub, The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University website and will be showcased at the Awards Ceremony.

Swap, by Roman Ondak



I was recently lucky enough to get to go to the Manchester International Festival, which is a cross-art form biannual festival, with theatre, music, performance, and the visual arts at its heart.  One morning I took my kids to see 11 Rooms at the Manchester Art Gallery, which is a series of eleven commissioned works of live time-based art – eleven artists, given a room each.  This was a remarkable exhibition, not the least for the way in which almost all of the artists' rooms engaged both me and my kids.

The room that engaged us most completely was 'Swap' by the artist Roman Ondak.  This room had a small table in the centre, with a man sitting behind it.  On the table was a single item.  When we arrived, it was a pen.  The man sitting behind the table was encouraging the other people in the room – there was about ten in total – to swap something of their own for the pen.  Everyone held back, of course, but then, slowly, the swapping began.  The pen was replaced with a used post-it note.  The post-it note was exchanged for a single, wrapped, stick of gum.  My kids insisted I rummage through my handbag.  The eldest swapped a nearly full package of tissues for the stick of gum.  A young man on the other side of the room swapped the package of tissues – 'Ooh, Balsam!' he said - for a 50 pence coin.  My son got the 50 pence coin by handing back that stick of gum.  And on it went. 

It was a fascinating experience to watch the people in the room react to the swaps.  It made my kids and I think about not only the value of the things in our pockets, but also the nature of the swap as a transaction, mediated by the 'performer' sitting at his table.  For my kids the process was akin to a game, and they found watching the swaps take place exciting, in particular when new people entered the room and entered into the process.  It was tempting to do something outrageous – I thought briefly about putting my smartphone on the table, just to see what would happen.  I managedto resist that urge, but we were all beguiled by this highly evocative, very simple, work of art. In a digital age it was refreshing to focus on a work like this that relies completely upon bodies-in-the-room and lived experience to exist.     

The photo at the top is my son's hand and the things he came away with after his swap session.