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Literacy in the Digital Age

Literacy in the Digital Age

Second Edition

Foreword by Donna Ogle

February 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
Literacy in the Digital Age shows teachers how to help students communicate clearly, accurately, purposefully, and tactfully using current electronic technology. With the main focus on literacy and critical thinking, this book explains how teachers can incorporate technology to advance students literacy skills and deepen their thinking about the content, perspective, and validity of information online. Specific case studies and teacher tips demonstrate how to strengthen students' skills as responsible online communicators, help them learn how to evaluate websites, and guide them in developing collaborative student projects.
In Tribute
Foreword by Donna Ogle
About the Author
Cyberwriter at Work: The Design of This Book  
How to Read This Book: A Linear Approach to Hypertext  
1. Media Literacy: Broadening the Definition of Computer Literacy
The Curricular Conundrum  
The Rhetorical Triangle: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos  
Media Literacy Challenge #1: The Rhetoric of Computer Advertising  
Is Everything an Argument?  
Media Literacy Challenge #2: Arguments "R" Us  
The Technology of Writing  
Media Literacy Challenge #3: Musical Chairs and Writing Technology  
Civil Literacy  
2. Civil Literacy: The Cyberpilot's License
The Cyberpilot's License  
Know Your Vehicle  
Rights and Responsibilities  
Who and What Rules the Airwaves?  
Piloting Skills & Netiquette  
Intellectual Property in Cyberspace: An Overview  
Civil Literacy Challenge #1: Borrowing Without Stealing  
Civil Literacy Challenge #2: Putting out the Flames  
3. Discourse Literacy: Beyond the Chat Room
Discourse Literacy Challenge #1: Hearing Voices  
Discourse Literacy Challenge #2: Imitating Voices  
Greater Expectations: Synchronous Online Discussions  
Case Study: Paul M.  
Establish the Rules, Play by the Rules  
Discourse Literacy Challenge #3: Role Playing Online  
Case Study: Online Role Playing  
Personal Literacy  
4. Personal Literacy: Discovering Oneself Online
Initiation Stories  
Fostering Personal Literacy  
Personal Literacy Challenge #1: The Why List  
Why Ask Why? Increasing Student Awareness  
Why Ask Why? Inviting Response  
Case Study: The Why List Online  
Personal Literacy Challenge #2: The Hypertext Why List  
Beyond Personal Inquiry: Community Literacy  
5. Community Literacy: Composing Ourselves in a Virtual Community
Community Literacy Challenge #1: The Sequential Story  
Case Study: A Telecollaborative, Sequential Story  
Community Literacy Challenge #2: Putting E-mail in the Right E-envelope  
Course Web Sites: A Community Work in Progress  
Visual Literacy  
6. Visual Literacy: Web Sites, Rhetorically Speaking
What Are You Looking At?  
Case Study: The State of The Onion  
Seeing Is Believing (and Other Satirical Lessons)  
Measuring the Sum of a Web Site's Parts  
Visual Literacy Challenge #1: The Rhetorical Analysis of Web Documents  
Visual Literacy Challenge #2: Web Sites and Evaluative Arguments  
Global Literacy  
7. Evaluative Literacy: Peer Reviews, Electronic Portfolios, and Online Learning Records
Evaluative Literacy Challenge #1: The Hypertext Writing Workshop  
Case Study: Electronic Portfolios  
Case Study: Online Learning Records  
Pedagogical Literacy  
8. Pedagogical Literacy: Plugging Into Electronic Pedagogy
Mr. Wynegar's Pastime: Tradition and the Individual Teacher  
Ms. Sabadilla and The Electronic Chalkboard  
Electronic Pedagogy: The Web Site  
Appendix: Index of Web Sites
Further Readings

"Burniske shows us how to expand our instruction so that electronic literacy becomes an essential component of our classrooms. He challenges us to realize our commitment to develop our students as critical and reflective language users. This is a book all serious literacy professionals need to read and discuss with colleagues."

From the Foreword by Donna Ogle

"An important, key exploration of how teachers can help students become good online communicators."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

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Foreword by Donna Ogle


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