Using Blogs To Enhance Literacy / Edition 1

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Adolescents spend nearly six hours a day online, with most of those hours focused on blogging. Whether they are writing on MySpace, Xanga, Bebo, LiveJournal, or some other site, these youngsters invest time and energy creating new or different social identities. Beyond the mainstream media hype about the dangers of adolescents and blogs, we find that these young people are developing 21st century literacies_especially in information and visual literacy. Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy examines this phenomenon and how it affects adolescents from offering easy avenues for bullying to bridging the digital divide. In this book, Diane Penrod addresses the social, developmental, and pedagogical issues surrounding the use of blogs and the implications that blogging has for current and future students.

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Editorial Reviews

Teachers College Record
Penrod clearly supports the use of blogs in education, linking much of her discussion throughout the book to the presence of blogs in the classroom. She explains that weblogs support cooperative learning, critical thinking, cross-curricular learning initiatives, student centered classrooms and multiple intelligences. Penrod’s premise is a solid one: Technology is changing the way we understand literacy, and educational practices must respond to that change.
This book's thesis is positive and timely: blogs can engage K-12 students, empowering them as writers and members of society. Particularly beneficial are the sections on how blogs can encourage at-risk students to express themselves, bridging the gap between academics and home life.
Karen McComas
Beginning with the preface, Diane Penrod takes on the notion of change as the constant in being literate for today's world. In her examination of the blog phenomenon, she asks important questions about the role of blogs in changing what we know, how we know it, what we do, and how we do those things.
This book's thesis is positive and timely: blogs can engage K-12 students, empowering them as writers and members of society. Particularly beneficial are the sections on how blogs can encourage at-risk students to express themselves, bridging the gap between academics and home life.
Adrian-Michael Blumenthal
Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy is the future of teaching composition in the classroom for all different levels. As a teacher in both the high school and college levels, I've found this text insightful for building a curriculum one year at a time. Diane Penrod doesn't just introduce a series of new ideas, she allows the reader to understand how to apply new concepts and actually make them work in both curriculum planning and the classroom. This text forces the reader to prioritize what actually happens in student writing environments and how to make the students think more actively. Whether you're looking for more ways of incorporating technology into the classroom, or just interested in finding new ways to engage students, this text is an important read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578865666
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.43 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Penrod is professor of writing arts at Rowan University in Glassboro NJ. She directs the masters program in writing and is the site director for the National Writing Project at Rowan. Dr. Penrod was named a 2000 Outstanding Young Scholar in Postmodern Theory by IBC London.

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Table of Contents

1 Why Blog? 2 Blogging and New Literacies 3 Blogs as a New Writing Genre 4 Gender and Blogging 5 Ethnicity and Blogging 6 Blogs and Bullying 7 Encouraging Safe Blogging Practices 8 Integrating Multiple Intelligences and Blogging 9 Creating a Classroom Ethics for Blogging 10 Blogging Matters

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