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‘This an exciting publication that offers authentic approaches for educators to meet challenges of the literacy that students need in our evolving digital landscape.’ Maureen Walsh, Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University and Honorary Professor, The University of Sydney ‘In this significant new text, Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant foreground the affective, embodied and emergent nature of making meaning with new media.’ Teresa Cremin, The Open University The rise of new media technologies has changed the ways in which children engage with texts and this has implications for literacy provision in schools. Drawing on research exploring new media practices within and outside school, this book explains and encourages classroom activity that makes purposeful and appropriate use of these literacies and is underpinned by a set of ...

Use Playful Pedagogies
Use Playful Pedagogies

Schools have a role to play in providing risk-free environments in which children may follow passions, experiment, explore, gain feedback and consider alternatives. For teachers, this means adopting playful pedagogies and allowing work to take new or unexpected directions.

This chapter will:

  • examine the use of a ‘playful pedagogy’ which involves a willingness to be open to unexpected directions as children make meanings using digital and non-digital resources
  • provide examples of what can been achieved by encouraging children’s playfulness
  • explore how teachers can approach teaching playfully
  • consider why a playful pedagogy may be particularly well-suited to developing 21st century literacies.
Improvisation and schooling

The sort of free-flowing explorations that are associated with the use of digital media in everyday life do not sit easily with ideas ...

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