Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices

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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 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, literate 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 for new student teachers on undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to postgraduate study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847870384
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Series: Published in association with the UKLA Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Series published in association with UKLA x

Introduction: contentious technologies Victoria Carrington Muriel Robinson 1

Part A Digital Texts in And Out of School 11

1 Young people's video productions as new sites of learning Rebekah Willett 13

2 A space for play: crossing boundaries and learning online Julia Davies 27

3 Masters and critics: children as producers of online digital texts Clare Dowdall 43

Part B Changing Literacies 63

4 From Wikipedia to the humble classroom Wiki: why we should pay attention to Wikis Victoria Carrington 65

5 Negotiating the blogosphere: Educational possibilities Julia Davies Guy Merchant 81

6 Virtual Worlds in real-life classrooms Guy Merchant 95

Part C Changing Literacies, Changing Pedagogies 113

7 Personal digital literacies versus classroom literacies: investigating pre-service teachers' digital lives in and beyond the classroom Cathy Burnett 115

8 Digital portraits: teacher education and multiliteracies pedagogy Rosie Kerin 131

9 Composing with old and new media: toward a parallel pedagogy Kevin Leander 147

Part D Interconnectivity 165

Conclusion: leaving Hong Kong Muriel Robinson Victoria Carrington 165

Index 171

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