Monday, November 23, 2009

New book in our series!

Enormous congrats to Margaret Hagood for her new edited collection, New Literacies Practices: Designing Literacy Learning. According to the back blurb:
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 being 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.

Chapters include:

Introduction: Designing Learning with New Literacies
Margaret C. Hagood

Chapter 1: The Tupac Effect: A Case for Socially Relevant Education
Michael Bitz

Chapter 2: “We Want Some Pancakes!” Teaching for critical media literacies with Pancake Mountain
Amy Suzanne Johnson & Achariya Tanya Rezak

Chapter 3: Adolescents’ Explorations with Do-It-Yourself Media: Authoring Identity in
Out-of-School Settings
Barbara J. Guzzetti

Chapter 4: Crossing Spaces of In and Out-of-School Literacies through
Museum and Classroom Design, Production, and Consumption Practices
A. Jonathan Eakle

Chapter 5: Day of Tears: Day of Desperation: Using Blogging to Make Social Studies Content Engaging and Comprehensible
Melissa I. Venters

Chapter 6: Digital Storytelling Is Not the New Power Point:
Adolescents’ Critical Constructions of Presidential Election Issues Photo Stories
Emily N. Skinner & Melanie J. Lichtenstein

Chapter 7: Artifactual English: Transitional Objects As A Way Into English Teaching
Jennifer Rowsell

Chapter 8: New Literacies and Special Education: Current Practice and Future Promise
Mary C. Provost & Andrea M. Babkie

Chapter 9: Vignettes of Successful Middle School Teachers Who Use New Literacies
Paula E. Egelson

I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Michele and Colin - ever since you introduced me to Blogger at the MSVU Summer Institute a couple of years ago, my teaching hasn't been the same. Now that I'm in a new role at my school board where I provided PD for teachers, I've got them blogging too. Congrats on the new book!
Excellent book! I have a copy on my bookshelf and refer to it frequently!
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