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.
Chapter 3: Masters and Critics: Children as Producers of Online Digital Texts
Masters and Critics: Children as Producers of Online Digital Texts
With the introduction and phenomenal growth of popular social network sites such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook,i increasing numbers of school-age children are regularly producing digital texts as by-products of online social networking (Childnet International, 2007a; Ofcom, 2008). The digital texts that children create can exist across widely and locally distributed networks of friends and acquaintances. They are often designed to showcase the owner of the text and share information with a selected audience. Digital texts can vary tremendously from the print- and paper-based texts that school-age children are required to produce as part of the English curriculum (Department for Education and Employment/Qualifications and Curriculum Authority ...