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Facebook, blogs, texts, computer games, instant messages… The ways in which we make meanings and engage with each other are changing. Are you a student teacher trying to get to grips with these new digital technologies? Would you like to find ways to make use of them in your classroom?

Digital technologies are an everyday part of life for students and this book explores the ways in which they can be used in schools. The authors provide insight into the research on digital technologies, stressing its relevance for schools, and suggest ways to develop new, more relevant pedagogies, particularly for social learning, literacy, and literate practices. With a practical focus, the examples and issues explored in this book will help you to analyze your own practice and to carry out your own small-scale research projects.

Explaining the theoretical issues and demonstrating their practical implementation, this topical book will be an essential resource to new student teachers in undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to graduate study.

Introduction: Contentious Technologies
Introduction: Contentious technologies
VictoriaCarrington and MurielRobinson

Hong Kong, June 2008. This is an interesting place and moment to be writing the introduction to this particular text. We are surrounded by texts. As we walk the streets of Hong Kong the reality of Eric Sadin's (2007) Times of the Signs is visceral. Some texts are printed, some are digital, some are permanent, while others are ephemeral. Many texts, particularly the official signage that guides outsiders around the city, have English translations of various depth that draw on both British and American spelling conventions. In one large department store, words like attention and information are in English translation while the actual information on the sign remains in Cantonese. Laminated food menus throughout the city mix and ...

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