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
Conclusion: Leaving Hong Kong
Our use of texts and the emergence of literacy is intimately entwined with the development of major cities. Print-based literacy grew out of the demands and needs of urban life and the availability of particular technologies, and it seems fitting that Hong Kong and cities like it – diverse, overcrowded, 24 hour – are laboratories for observing the emergence of new textual practices.
We believe that the divide often understood to exist between the material and the virtual is being remapped in places like Hong Kong and, in particular, in the lives and practices of young people in these sites. While heaving metropolises like Hong Kong, New York or Tokyo may be characterized as extreme or early adopters ...