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Digital Literacies

Digital Literacies
Social Learning and Classroom Practices

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June 2009 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Facebook, blogs, texts, computer games, instant messages… The ways in which we make meanings and engage with each other are changing. Are you a student teacher trying to get to grips with these new digital technologies? Would you like to find ways to make use of them in your classroom?

Digital technologies are an everyday part of life for students and Understanding Digital Literacies explores the ways in which they can be used in schools. Carrington and Robinson provide an insight into the research on digital technologies, stressing its relevance for schools, and suggest ways to develop new, more relevant pedagogies, particularly for social learning, literacy and literate practices. With a practical focus, the examples and issues explored in this book will help you to analyse your own practice and to carry out your own small-scale research projects.

Explaining the theoretical issues and demonstrating their practical implementation, this topical book will be an essential resource to new student teachers on undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to postgraduate study.

Victoria Carrington and Muriel Robinson
Introduction: Contentious Technologies
Rebekah Willet
Young people's video productions as new sites of learning
Julia Davies
A space for play: crossing boundaries and learning online
Clare Dowdall
Masters and critics: children as producers of online digital texts
Victoria Carrington
From Wikipedia to the humble classroom Wiki: why we should pay attention to Wikis
Julia Davies and Guy Merchant
Negotiating the blogosphere: educational possibilities
Guy Merchant
Virtual worlds in real life classrooms
Cathy Burnett
Personal digital literacies versus classroom literacies: investigating pre-service teachers' digital lives in and beyond the classroom
Rosie Kerin
Digital portraits: teacher education and multiliteracies pedagogy
Kevin Leander
Composing with Old and New Media: Toward a Parallel Pedagogy
Muriel Robinson and Victoria Carrington
Conclusion: leaving Hong Kong

'Aimed squarely at new teachers or practitioners engaging in postgraduate research, [this book] is written with relevance and accessibility in mind, and has a practical focus throughout that will be welcomed by newcomers to the field'
- Learning, Media and Technology

'This immensely readable book injects a note of passion and urgency into the ongoing discourse on the place of digital literacies in the school curriculum' - British Journal of Educational Technology

'[This] book has been skilfully edited. Different chapters explore issues on developing digital literacy in depth but avoid overlap and quote totally different sources….this detailed, thought provoking, quality academic text will be of value to all teacher educators - no matter their subject expertise' - ESCalate

'This is a remarkable book that traverses the landscape of digital literacies and maps out what children and youth are doing with texts in contemporary times. No stone is left unturned in the quest for an understanding of their multimodal, multimedia practices and the result is a highly informative and engaging book that alerts us to the significance of these activities for schooling. There are numerous examples throughout of how digital literacies can be developed in classrooms in exciting ways and the authors, all internationally renowned in the field, expertly align theory and practice in their analyses. This is a book that needs to be read by all those concerned to ensure that literacy curricula and pedagogy are appropriate for twenty-first century classrooms and it will be of interest to classroom teachers, students and researchers alike' - Professor Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield, UK

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Chapter One

Chapter Two

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