New Literacies: Changing Knowledge in the Classroom

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McGraw-Hill International, Oct 1, 2006 - Education - 278 pages
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"The reader friendly and exhaustive approach to the subject matter yields a discerning and pleasurable reading on new forms of literacy...This up-to-date revision is relevant and useful."
Pragmatics and Cognition

"The important contribution that this book makes is the way in which it urges us to rethink literacy and the influential forces that are shaping new practices. So, if you already own a copy of the first edition, you need to buy the second edition; if you own neither, buy both – and if that’s not possible, buy the second edition and borrow the first! Because New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning is essential reading."
Literacy Journal, Volume 41 Number 3 November 2007

The first edition of this popular book explored new literacies, new kinds of knowledge and classroom practices in the context of the massive growth of electronic information and communication technologies. This timely new edition discusses a fresh range of practices like blogging, fanfiction, mobile/wireless communications, and fan practices that remix audio and visual texts. Revised and updated throughout, the book examines:

  • Popular practices and social networks associated with contemporary phenomena, Flickr and Wikipedia
  • Blogging, podcasting and mobile/wireless communication practices
  • Writing practices within online fanfiction and manga-anime communities
  • The production of Anime-Music-Video artifacts and online multimodal ‘memes’
The authors look at how digital technologies and new forms of mobile communications have been embraced by young people and integrated into their everyday lives. They argue that schools ignore some of these trends at their peril, and discuss how wireless mobility might be integrated effectively into school-based pedagogies and due attention paid to new literacies in teaching and learning.

This new edition is essential reading for undergraduates and academics within literacy studies and for policy writers working within the area of digital literacy, new technologies or ICT development within education.


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This book is dense reading. If you can make it through the excruciating opening, you can get to some interesting sections. There is a lot of repetition in this lengthy book. Read full review

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okay, of all the books i read this semester, i actually ENJOYED this one! Read full review


Introduction to the Second Edition
Part 1 Whats New?
Part 2 New Literacies in Everyday Practice
Part 3 Classroom Learning Meets New Literacies

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About the author (2006)

Colin Lankshear is Professor of Literacy and New Technologies at James Cook University, Australia, Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Canada, and an Adjunct Teacher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Michele Knobel is Professor of Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Colin and Michele are the authors of A Handbook for Teacher Research (Open University Press, 2004), and Boys, Literacies and Schooling (with Leonie Rowan and Chris Bigum, 2001) as well as numerous other books and articles.

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