Over the past year, you and your students have had extensive experience navigating digital platforms and modalities, e.g., podcasts, videos, articles, historic photographs, newsreels, etc. In this blog post from Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes, authors of the new book, Text Sets in Action, consider connections between what you’ve learned and the potential of using multimodal texts in an even more strategic way in the future.
This has been a school year like no other. Throughout the year, you’ve likely gone from being fully remote, to hybrid, back to remote, back to hybrid, and now, perhaps, mostly in-person teaching. You may be finishing out the school year in “room and Zoom” mode. You may now be teaching only the learners in your physical classroom. Or, you may remain one of your team’s fully remote teachers, supporting the children and families who did not return to in-person school this spring by choice, necessity, or some combination of the two. Your classes have likely been disrupted due to close contacts with COVID. You’ve learned to “pivot.” You are amazingly resilient. You are also exhausted.