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Adolescents’ Online Literacies

Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture – Revised edition

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Edited By Donna E. Alvermann

This revised edition of Adolescents’ Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture features a variety of digital tools for humanizing pedagogy. For example, the book examines numerous artistic representations of young people’s self-selected graphic novels and fan fiction as part of an in-class multi-genre unit on fandom. This edition makes concrete connections between what the research portrays and what teachers, school librarians, and school media specialists know to be the case in their interactions with young people at the middle and high school level. The contributors of these chapters – educators, consultants, and researchers who span two continents – focus on ways to incorporate and use the digital literacies that young people bring to school.
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Chapter 1: Connect(ed) Learning: Fostering Digital Social Imagination Within a Humanizing Educational Framework

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CONNECT(ED) LEARNING

Fostering Digital Social Imagination Within a Humanizing Educational Framework

Danielle Filipiak

It was midafternoon on December 1, 2014, when the g-chat window on my MacBook Air popped up on the lower right-hand corner of my screen: “PEACE MY SISTER!!”

This was a signature greeting from Mike Hawkins, a beautiful Chicago soul who went by the name “Brother Mike” in most circles, including the digital media and education worlds where our interests and passions had collided only two years earlier. Brother Mike’s energy, even through the screen in this case, was magnetic. The delivery of something as small as hello offered a blessing and you felt it. Though I was busy with e-mails, transcribing interview data, and prepping for a course I had to teach an hour later, I dropped everything at Mike’s initiation. That’s just how it was. You knew that he cared about what you had to say, and he addressed you in a way that reciprocated that sentiment. I cherished the moments we shared.

Mike and I checked in on one another often over the course of our friendship, offering suggestions for readings (Baldwin was a favorite), articulating our visions for education, and toiling over what revolution might require of us. “We are kindred minds, sister,” Brother Mike would remind me, and succeeded in directing nearly every g-chat, phone call, and text message exchange we had toward discussions of...

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