Thursday, August 29, 2013

Our new book: "A New Literacies Reader"

Colin and I have a new book out, as well. It's compilation of research cases from across our "New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies" series with Peter Lang. The collection is titled, "A New Literacies Reader: Educational Perspectives". 

From the back cover:

A New Literacies Reader is an introduction to social and cultural studies of new literacies from the perspectives of educators, education researchers and learners. It focuses on how participating in social practices of new literacies can be seen and understood in terms of people becoming insiders to ways of «doing» and «being» that are today considered desirable or worthwhile, and how this can usefully inform how we think about formal schooling and learning. The book’s 18 chapters cover a variety of topics, including:  studies of new literacies within classroom contexts semi-formal learning spaces beyond the classroom  teacher learning and professional development  spaces of popular cultural affinities practices viewed from different research perspective.

The diverse topics addressed range from multimodal pedagogies, remix, performance poetry, and digital storytelling to issues associated with wireless environments, assessment, identity, and teachers’ ways of taking up new technologies. Chapters explore how young people participate and collaborate within the spaces of popular cultural interests and the various approaches to researching gaming. The book speaks to teachers and teacher educators, education administrators, curriculum developers, education policy makers, professional development specialists, postgraduate research students, and other literacy and new media researchers. A New Literacies Reader is an essential volume for undergraduates, grad students, and faculty interested in refining their knowledge of the vast new horizons created by the world of new literacies.

You can download a copy of the introduction to this book from here.

Contents include:

Introduction: Social and cultural studies of new literacies from an educational perspective
Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel

Part 1: New literacies in classroom settings

1. Multimodal pedagogies: Playing, teaching and learning with adolescents’ digital literacies
Lalitha Vasudevan, Tiffany DeJaynes and Stephanie Schmier

2. Trajectories of remixing: Digital literacies, media production and schooling
Ola Erstad

3. You won’t be needing your laptops today: Wired bodies in the wireless classroom
Kevin Leander

4. Slammin’ School: Performance Poetry and the Urban School
Bronwen E. Low

Part 2: New literacies and semi-formal learning beyond the classroom

5. Influencing pedagogy through the creative practices of youth
Leif Gustavson

6. Engaging urban youth in meaningful dialogue through digital storytelling
Althea Nixon

7. Learning about circuitry with e-textiles
Kylie Peppler and Diane Glosson

Part 3: New literacies and teachers’ personal and professional learning

8. Machinima, Second Life and the pedagogy of animation
Andrew Burn

9. New wine in old bottles?: Remediation, teacher as bricoleur, and the story of Antaerus
Teresa Strong-Wilson and Dawn Rouse

10. Supporting pre-service teachers’ development: The place of blogging in the Get Real! Science teacher preparation program
April Luehmann, Joe Henderson and Liz Tinelli

11. New literacies and assessments in middle school Social Studies content area instruction: Issues for classroom practices
Margaret C. Hagood, Emily N. Skinner, Melissa Venters & Benjamin Yelm

Part 4: New literacies and popular culture affinities

12. Language, culture and identity in fan fiction
Rebecca Black

13. Communication, coordination and camaraderie: A player group in “World of Warcraft”
Mark Chen

14. Youth participation: Learning and growth in the forum
Angela Thomas

15. Which South Park character are you?: Popular culture and online performance of identity
Bronwyn Williams

Part 5: Researcher perspectives on new literacies and learning

16. Learning about learning from a video game
James Paul Gee

17. Situated play: Instruction and learning in fighter games
Aaron Hung

18. Kongregating online: Developing design literacies in play-based affinity space
Sean Duncan

New book in our series: "Children's Virtual Play Worlds"

Loads of congratulations to Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh on the publication of their new edited collection, Children's Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning and Participation!  

From the back cover:

As children’s digital lives become more relevant to schools and educators, the question of play and learning is being revisited in new and interesting ways. Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning, and Participation provides a more reasoned account of children’s play engagements in virtual worlds through a number of scholarly perspectives, exploring key concerns and issues which have come to the forefront. The global nature of the research in this edited volume embraces many different areas of study from school based research, sociology, cultural studies, psychology, to contract law showing how children’s play and learning in virtual spaces has great potential and possibilities.

Contents include:

Chapter 1: Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh: Introduction: The changing landscapes of children’s play worlds

Chapter 2: Susan Edwards: Post-industrial play: Understanding the relationship between traditional and converged forms of play in the early years

Chapter 3: Kaveri Subrahmanyam: Developmental implications for children’s virtual worlds

Chapter 4: Anne Burke: Stardolls and the virtual playground: How identity construction works in the new digital frontier

Chapter 5: Jackie Marsh: Breaking the ice: Play, friendships and online identities in young children’s use of virtual worlds

Chapter 6:Karen E. Wohlwend and Tolga Kargin: «Cause I know how to get friends - plus they like my dancing»: (L)earning the Nexus of Practice in Club Penguin

Chapter 7: Jan Connelly: Virtual clay or virtual play: Identity shaping, consumer building and corporate affiliation versus literacies affordance inside

Chapter 8: Isabel Pederson and Jennifer Rowsell: May the force be with you: Harnessing the power of brain-computer games

Chapter 9: Stephanie M. Reich, Ksenia A. Korobkova, Rebecca W. Black and Mariya Sumaroka: «Hey! Can you show me how to do this?» Digital games as a mediator of family time

Chapter 10: Sara M. Grimes: Digital play structures: Examining the terms of use (and play) found in children’s commercial virtual worlds

Chapter 12: Eric Meyers and Robert Bittner: Green pixels to green behaviours: Sustainability literacy in virtual worlds for children

Chapter 13: Victoria Carrington: An argument for assemblage theory: Integrated spaces, mobility, and polycentricity.

Afterword: Jackie Marsh and Anne Burke

New book in our series: "Arts, Media and Justice"

Loads of congratulations to Lalitha Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes on their edited collection, Arts, Media and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth

Lalitha has just let me know that all author-related proceeds from the book go to support creative work going on at a local alternative to detention program (ATD) in NYC. So buy a copy early early and often! :D

From the back cover:

In Arts, Media, and Justice, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program—represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes—including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.

Contents include:

Foreword: Glynda Hull

Chapter 1: Lalitha Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes: Becoming «Not Yet»: Adolescents Making and Remaking Themselves in Art-Full Spaces

Chapter 2: Kristine Rodriguez Kerr: Writing with Court-Involved Youth: Exploring the Cultivation of Self in an Alternative to Detention Program

Chapter 3: Melanie Hibbert: Video Production and Multimodal Play – 

Chapter 4: Ahram Park: A Memorable Walk: The Negotiation of Identities and Participation through Evolving Space

Chapter 5: Eric Fernandez: Fear, Innocence, Community, and Traditions

Chapter 6: Mark Dzula: An Art Inquiry into a Young Photographer’s Artworks

Chapter 7: E. Gabriel Dattatreyan and Daniel Stageman: Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture of the Arts and Justice

Chapter 8: Todd Pate: The Path from the Fear-Based World to the Plain of Creation - A Theatrical Journey of Labor and Identification

Chapter 9: Olga Hubard: New Windows into «Museum Art»: Youth as Contributors to Collective Understanding

Chapter 9: Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: Afterword - The Art (and Play) of Alternative-to-

Incarceration Programming.

Afterword: Yolanda Sealy Ruiz.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New book in our series

Get set, folks. Colin and I have been away and have arrived home to find a lovely stack of new books in our series are now out. We'll post about each one separately. 

Congratulations go out to Mira-Lisa Katz on her edited collection, Moving Ideas: Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools

From the back cover:

What does it look and feel like to communicate, create, compose, comprehend, teach, and learn with our bodies? Reaching beyond existing scholarship on multimodality and literacies, Moving Ideas expands our capacity to understand the embodied dimensions of learning and stretches our repertoires for more artfully describing them. Wresting language away from its historically privileged place at the center of social science research and practice, this collection examines the strategic layering across semiotic modes, challenging educators and researchers to revisit many of our most elemental assumptions about communication, learning, and development. The corporeal pedagogies these authors describe illuminate a powerful kind of learning that we know far too little about; in this age of accountability and high-stakes testing, failing to pay adequate attention to the promise of multimodality means forfeiting significant resources that could be used to innovatively engage people of all ages in education broadly conceived.

Contents include:

Foreword: Ideas Do Move
James Paul Gee

Poem: The Body is the Text
            Elizabeth Carothers Herron

            Mira-Lisa Katz

1. Growth in Motion: Supporting Young Women’s Embodied Identity and Cognitive Development through Dance After School
            Mira-Lisa Katz

2. Chroma Harmonia: Multimodal Pedagogy through Universal Design for Learning
            Catherine Kroll

 3. ‘All the World’s a Stage’: Musings on Teaching Dance to People with Parkinson’s
            David Leventhal

4. The Communicative Body in Women’s Self-Defense Courses
Keli Yerian

5. Pasture Pedagogy: Field and Classroom Reflections on Embodied Teaching        
Erica Tom (with Mira-Lisa Katz)

6. 36 Jewish Gestures
            Nina Haft

7. Thinking with Your Skin: Paradoxical Concepts in Physical Theater
            Eliot Fintushel

9. Visceral Literature: Multimodal Theater Activities for Middle and High School English Language Arts
            Tori Truss (with Mira-Lisa Katz)

10. The Paramparic Body: Gestural Transmission in Indian Music
            Matt Rabaim

11. Literacies of Touch: Massage Therapy and the Body Composed
            Cory Holding and Hannah Bellwoar

12. The Embodiment of Real and Digital Signs: From the Sociocultural to the Intersemiotic
            Julie Cheville

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


One of the disadvantages of long holidays away from home is that you aren't there to collect and put into action the nice new gadgets when they arrive asap after the release date.

We were appropriately stunned when we read about the availability of the Google Chromecast dongle and pre-ordered on Amazon as soon as we had heard about it. It eventually shipped, and must have arrived here a few weeks back.

After driving the 2000 kilometres and sleeping through the overnight ferry trip to get us back to New Jersey from Newfoundland, we still had the will and energy to throw the Chomecaster into the TV and set it up on the computer inside the Chrome browser. Not much energy was needed, because only a couple of clicks were involved, and in no time at all we had whatever we wanted to run on the browser casting through the TV, for the ridiculously low price of $35 -- the price tag on the Chromecast dongle.

The quality is great, and with Netflix running at $7.99 a month it is tempting to simply drop the cable 'service' and merely retain the internet service.

The Chromecast device has the intuitive simplicity, elegance, and efficiency one normally associates with Apple products. It is simply fantastic. Of course, there are things you can't do with it that you can do with a full blown device like a Roku or an Apple TV or similar. On the other hand, these don't come at $35.

'Piracy' becomes a non issue under sensible conditions like Chromecasting Netflix.

And working becomes an endangered activity, one suspects .....

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