In studying multimodality this semester, I've already found many connections with areas from my own classroom and leadership experiences that are near and dear to my heart. Seeing learning as not only as an act of the mind but also an act that has an important grounding in emotion that drives it forward. This is something that language alone can not always evoke. Elliot Eisner (2002), making some connections to the ideas of multimodality, especially as they relate to the arts, said, "work in the arts cultivates the modes of thinking and feeling...one cannot succeed in the arts without such cognitive abilities" (9). The interplay of different modes to create and how we as interpreters construct meaning is quite fascinating, especially when we begin to think about how these important literacies play out in tools such as these (blogs) and social media!
Eisner, E. W. (2002). What can education learn from the arts about the practice of education? Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, 17(2), 4.
Hull, G. A., & Nelson, M. E. (2005). Locating the semiotic power of multimodality. Written Communication, 22(2), 224-261. doi:10.1177/0741088304274170