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Title: e-literature, multimedia authoring and metalanguage: new literacies and literacy engagement in the middle school years
Contributor(s): Unsworth, Len  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Far from threatening the role of literature in the English curriculum, new digital multimedia technologies enhance our opportunities for engaging 'net-age' children with established and new literary forms. It is now commonplace to observe the ease with which children are able to acquire facility with ever-emerging new communication software and hardware. However, although many children have more experience than many of their teachers with procedural, operational aspects of software, fewer children have experience and understanding of the strategic use of the meaning-making resources of language, image and sound that the software gives them access to. Teachers can help children to develop explicit awareness of this kind of meta-communicative knowledge, The mutual attraction of teachers and students to the powerful stories of established and contemporary literature can bridge the generational divide. It is not necessary for teachers' knowledge of digital multimodal technologies to be in advance of that of their students, What is necessary is for teachers to understand that there is no necessary dichotomy between new forms of digital storying frequently accessed via the World Wide Web and traditional literary experience of books with which many teachers are more familiar.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Synergy, 6(1), p. 20-27
Publisher: School Library Association of Victoria
Place of Publication: Carlton, Victoria
ISSN: 1448-5176
Field of Research (FOR): 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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