Saturday, October 27, 2012
New book in our series! "Critical Digital Literacies as Social Practice"
examine the simultaneous implementation of critical and digital literacies and explore ramifications for the development and assessment of critical digital literacies (CDL) curricula across educational contexts. [Authors] ask: How has the increasing ubiquity of digital literacies in and out of school affected our definitions of critical literacies? And how have our ever-changing perceptions of critical literacies affected how we define, teach, and engage in digital literacies? We believe that there is crucial work to be done at these intersections, work that builds upon the extensive bodies of critical and digital literacies research. Some issues and questions that chapters address are:
- What is negotiated, gained, or lost in the process of combining the critical and the digital?
- Where is the power located and who is silenced, and how in CDL approaches?
- Can CDL practices disrupt classroom routines in constructive and engaging ways?
- How has the divide between audience and participant, and the notion of collective intelligence, been challenged and redefined by CDL?
- How do CDL practices impact youths identity constructions? The essays in this volume present a balance between current issues and promising future opportunities and directions. (from the back cover blurb).
And now for the Contents:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Seeking adjuncts to teach action research online
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Nuevos Alfabetismos: A Gray Bartlett moment
I filed that away as an example of a nice thing that could happen to someone, and have never forgotten it. For me it's up there with Jimmy Buffett's concept that it's 5 o'clock somewhere.
Michele's and my personal history will record that in this second week of October, 2012, we enjoyed a small scale Gray Bartlett moment -- or, as Jimmy might have it, it was 5 o'clock in Spain.
For three days this week, doubtless peaking today, the Spanish translation of New Literacies -- Nuevos Alfabetismos, published by Ediciones Morata -- has been in the Amazon.es top 100 books. It reached #67 today.
Even allowing for the fact that relatively small numbers of sales can make for impressive numbers on Amazon lists, the fact is that on those occasions when we have checked the site the book is usually around 45,000. Still way better than the 6 figures it usually languishes in on Amazon.com
We have always had a particular liking for the Spanish language edition -- which our Spanish native speaking friends tell us has been beautifully translated by Pablo Manzano Bernadez, and may account for its fortunes in Spanish!! -- and treasure our association with Ediciones Morales. But this is a special moment for us in the life of this book.
We recorded the moment for our records and include it here:
It was nice while it lasted!!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Kim Dotcom exposes New Zealand Mickey Mousery
The farce surrounding the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom has established a new depth of Mickey Mousery in New Zealand politics and civil life. Just when one thinks "surely it can't get any worse", lo and behold it does. As Matt McArten, one of the brave people who has stayed behind to continue trying to make a difference, observed in a recent Op Ed in the New Zealand Herald, things have slipped a very long way since Helen Clark escaped to the United National Development Program. The Prime Minister, John Key, is increasingly appropriately referred to as DonKey, and he has earned the right to be regarded as the arch Mickey Mouse in the whole sorry set up.
Apart, that is, from the 49% who recently polled as saying they would return the same government. We seem to be looking at an entire country rushing full tilt boogie to embrace the ethos of Dumb and Dumber. It doesn't matter how implausible Key and his mob appear, a joke or two, a one liner or two, remains the default response. And -- surprise, surprise -- it generally works.
Notwithstanding the mass response, the current fiascos inspire some excellent critical journalism. It would be near impossible to up the ante on Chris Barton's lovely Herald piece of today, "Kim pulls off greatest dotcomedy of his career"
Enjoy. As a job lot the comments are pretty good too.