Silicon Literacies: Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age

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Ilana Snyder
Psychology Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 190 pages
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Electronic communication is radically altering literacy practices. Silicon Literacies unravels the key features of the new communication order to explore the social, cultural and educational impact of silicon literacy practices.
Written by leading international scholars from a range of disciplines, the essays in this collection examine the implications of text produced on a keyboard, visible on a screen and transmitted through a global network of computers. The book covers topics as diverse as role-playing in computer games, the use of graphic symbols in on-screen texts and Internet degree programmes to reveal that being literate is to do with understanding how different modalities combine to create meaning.
Recognizing that reading and writing are only part of what people have to learn to be literate, the contributors enhance our understanding of the ways in which the use of new technologies influence, shape and sometimes transform literacy practices.
  

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Contents

SILICON LITERACIES
3
ONLINE LITERACY AND RHETORICAL PRACTICES
13
WHAT AM I BID? Reading writing and ratings at eBaycom
15
WRITING THE VISUAL The use of graphic symbols in onscreen texts
31
READING WRITING AND ROLEPLAYING COMPUTER GAMES
47
LANGUAGESCOM The Internet and linguistic pluralism
62
THE WEB AS A RHETORICAL PLACE
75
THEN AGAIN WHO ISNT? Posthypertextual rhetorics
85
EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION AND HYPERTEXT One universitys successes and failures in supporting new technology
101
HERE EVEN WHEN YOURE NOT Teaching in an Internet degree programme
116
DESIGN SENSIBILITIES SCHOOLS AND THE NEW COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
130
TECHNOLOGY LEARNING AND VISUAL CULTURE
141
TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION MULTIPLE LITERACIES AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF EDUCATION
154
CONCLUSION
171
COMMUNICATION IMAGINATION CRITIQUE LITERACY EDUCATION FOR THE ELECTRONIC AGE
173
INDEX
184

TEACHING LEARNING TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
99

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Ilana Snyder is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.

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