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Adolescents’ New Literacies with and through Mobile Phones


Julie Warner

This book provides a deeper understanding of the phone-based composing practices of youth and their implications for literacy learning. In the United States, smartphone use among teens is nearly universal, yet many youth who are avid digital composers still struggle with formal schooled literacy. The widespread and rapid embrace of smartphones by youth from all income levels has had a substantial impact on the way that young people approach the act of composing, yet to date, little to no work has explored digital photography and text curation through popular apps like Twitter and Instagram and their impact on literacy, including formal schooled literacy. As more schools are moving to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models and lifting classroom bans on cellphones, classroom teachers need information about the affordances of phones for formal literacy learning, which this book provides.

This book will also be of interest to those in courses in the fields of education, new literacies, cultural studies/youth culture, literacy studies, communication arts, and anthropology of education/social sciences. This book could be used in a course on online/Internet ethnography. It could also be used in a more general research methods course to illustrate the combination of online and offline data collection. Outside of research methods courses, it could be used in courses on literacies, digital literacies, youth culture, popular culture and media, or mobile learning.

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Julie Warner is an independent researcher who explores the intersection of technologies and literacies. She is also a Presidential Management Fellow and Education Research Analyst in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the United States Department of Education. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on Literacy from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Julie worked both on Capitol Hill as an education policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and in the Education Branch in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Prior to her appointment as a PMF, Julie was university faculty teaching courses in writing, linguistics, and Internet ethics. She also served as Technology Director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project, and has a decade of experience implementing educational technology-centered professional development for teachers across grade levels and subject areas. Julie began her career teaching at the high school level during which time she earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts. She was a 2013 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Conference on English Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship and was a 2016 International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Award Finalist for her dissertation research on youth and mobile phones.←191 | 192→ ←192 | 193→

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