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English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy

Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives

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Len Unsworth and Angela Thomas

English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives is about the fusion of media and narrative, and explores theoretical and practical dimensions of young people’s engagement with contemporary forms of text. It showcases a range of critical interpretative approaches for integrating multimedia narratives into English teaching contexts, including animated films such as Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing, digital novels such as Inanimate Alice and 5 Haitis, and a virtual treatment of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. English teachers across grade levels will recognize the valuing of literature and will appreciate the practical pedagogy and fostering of creativity as students are encouraged to explore new forms of narrative. In the context of developing expertise in knowing how multimodal texts work, students can apply that knowledge in their own authoring of digital multimedia narratives.
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← 258 | 259 → Tom Apperley, PhD, is an ethnographer who researches digital media technologies. His previous writing has covered broadband policy, digital games, digital literacies and pedagogies, mobile media, and social inclusion. Tom is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the editor of the open-access peer-reviewed journal Digital Culture & Education, and his open-access print-on-demand book Gaming Rhythms: Play and Counterplay from the Situated to the Global was published by The Institute of Network Cultures in 2010. Tom’s more recent work has appeared in Digital Creativity, Literacy, and Westminster Papers in Culture and Communication.

Julie Bain is a secondary English teacher and librarian at O’Connor Catholic College in Armidale, NSW. She has a Master of Education from the University of New England and uses digital technologies to build teaching resources, while exploring the ways through which digital technologies can be used to demonstrate student learning and creativity. She has presented at state, national, and international English conferences on the subjects of diversity, transformation, multiplatform story telling and multimodal pedagogy and has been published in Screen Education about the affordances of film trailers in English education.

Catherine Beavis is Professor of Education at Griffith University, Australia. She teaches and researches in the areas of English and literacy curriculum, and around digital culture, young people, and new media. Her work has a particular focus on the changing nature of text and literacy, and the implications of ← 259 | 260 → young...

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