Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media Into the Classroom, Grades 5-12

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Students are plugged in, powered up, and connected. Are you?

The author gives teachers a deeper understanding of the dynamic potential for increasing student learning through digital media. Based on a three-year study of youth and their use of new media, this teacher-friendly resource includes:

  • Descriptions of digital tools such as social networking platforms, YouTube, Wikipedia, virtual worlds, digital music, and more
  • Vignettes about how young people use digital media
  • Sidebars debunking common myths about technology
  • Advice about navigating digital media for both novice and expert teachers
  • Pedagogical implications and practices, including sample activities

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Editorial Reviews

Laura Maslin Bradley
"Until we understand the powerful learning, collaborating, and producing that teenagers do with their cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, and the Internet, we won’t understand how we can best utilize those technologies in our classrooms. Whether you’re a digital native new to the classroom or a veteran teacher struggling to learn your students’ Internet lingo, this book is your guide to 21st-century teenagers, literacy, and learning. After 17 years teaching middle school English, I know that I can’t teach literacy today without this book."
Karen Scott
"A concise, well-written book, perfect for teachers who are unfamiliar with the technology their students use and how toapply it in their classrooms in a meaningful way."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412971508
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 1,458,276
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica K. Parker is currently an assistant professor at Sonoma State University, and she studies how high schools integrate multimedia literacy into academic literacy learning. She has taught middle school, high school and college students for over a decade and has also created and taught professional development courses for teachers. She has published teacher-researcher articles in English Journal, and has presented at national conventions such as AERA, National Media Education Conference, NCTE Assembly for Research, and many others. Jessica completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley; she has a B.A. in Media Studies and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Education.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Glynda Hull vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xvii

About the Contributors xix

1 Understanding Youth and Digital Media Jessica K. Parker 1

2 Hanging Out With Friends: MySpace, Facebook, and Other Networked Publics danah boyd Jessica K. Parker 15

3 YouTube: Creating, Connecting, and Learning Through Video Patricia G. Lange Jessica K. Parker 37

4 Wikipedia: The Online Encyclopedia Based on Collaborative Knowledge Jessica K. Parker 65

5 Role-Playing: Writing and Performing Beyond the Classroom Becky Herr-Stephenson Jessica K. Parker 83

6 Virtual Worlds: Designing, Playing, and Learning Jessica K. Parker Maryanne Berry 113

7 Remix Culture: Digital Music and Video Remix, Opportunities for Creative Production Erin B. Reilly 143

8 Conclusion Jessica K. Parker 167

Glossary 175

Index 181

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