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New Literacies Practices

Designing Literacy Learning


Margaret Carmody Hagood

New literacies have been researched with various age groups in a variety of settings, illustrating how text uses differ across contexts and highlighting stark divides between schooled and out-of-school literacies. Not surprisingly, schools have difficulty staying abreast of the technological and social aspects associated with new literacies. New Literacies Practices: Designing Literacy Learning takes into account these two concerns – the dichotomy of contextual uses of new literacies across spaces, and concerns that schooled instructional attempts with new literacies reify conventional literacy practices. Authors in this volume include classroom teachers and researchers who begin from a stance that in an interconnected, multimodal world, new literacies exist across spaces. It is no longer appropriate to consider if literacies between contexts, such as out-of-school and in-school, dovetail. Instead, we must shape examinations according to how they dovetail. The essays in this volume forge the amorphous divide between out-of-school and in-school literacies through a design of pedagogy and examine how teachers and researchers collaborate to design instruction that accounts for students’ new literacies. This book acknowledges that new literacies must be embedded into the curriculum, not just included as an add-on course or activity to the school day.
Contents: Margaret C. Hagood: Introduction: Designing Learning with New Literacies – Michael Bitz: The Tupac Effect: A Case for Socially Relevant Education – Amy Suzanne Johnson/Achariya Tanya Rezak: «We Want Some Pancakes!» Teaching for Critical Media Literacies with Pancake Mountain – Barbara J. Guzzetti: Adolescents’ Explorations with Do-It-Yourself Media: Authoring Identity in Out-of-School Settings – A. Jonathan Eakle: Crossing Spaces of In-School and Out-of-School Literacies Through Museum and Classroom Design, Production, and Consumption Practices – Melissa I. Venters: Day of Tears: Day of Desperation: Using Blogging to Make Social Studies Content Engaging and Comprehensible – Emily N. Skinner/Melanie J. Lichtenstein: Digital Storytelling Is Not the New PowerPoint: Adolescents’ Critical Constructions of Presidential Election Issues – Jennifer Rowsell: Artifactual English: Transitional Objects as a Way into English Teaching – Mary C. Provost/Andrea M. Babkie: New Literacies and Special Education: Current Practice and Future Promise – Paula E. Egelson: Vignettes of Successful Middle School Teachers Who Use New Literacies.