Toward a More Visual Literacy: Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature (Hardback)
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Toward a More Visual Literacy: Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 146 Pages / Published: 07/05/2018
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Technology and multimodal texts must be included as part of the literacies we teach in 21st century schools. Implementing multiple modes of literacy requires that teachers shift their focus toward multiple genres and modes of text. This shift to the visual requires that teachers consider how students read images in the classroom, address visual literacy, and engage students in constructing visual texts. Students already live and communicate in a virtual world connected by expansive networks, and many also read young adult literature. Given this, researchers and practitioners in the field examine ways texts written for students can be combined with digital tools to craft more critical conversations around literary response and digital media consumption and production. This book explores ways adolescents read, engage, and construct meaning within the world around them and examines how teachers can leverage the use of young adult literature with digital practices within their classrooms.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475835663
Number of pages: 146
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 232 x 162 x 14 mm

The editors of Toward a More Visual Literacy: Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature have curated a collection of essays by teachers and teacher educators that examine the possibilities of exploring young adult literature through the lens of digital literacies. The chapters are written with teachers in mind and offer aspirational models of lessons that could be adapted and, to use a term from the collection, "remixed" for learners at any grade level. -- Toby Emert, professor, Department of Education, Agnes Scott College
Though many teachers strive to "integrate" technology, there are very few who innovate with it. Framed with thoughtful attention to curricular guidelines offered by ISTE and NCTE - and rooted in the scholarship of participatory culture - Dail, Witte, and Bickmore's collection brings together over twenty voices from middle and high school classrooms. Exploring classic and contemporary texts from The Great Gatsby to Monster, from Feed to All American Boys, the authors in this collection share strategies for digital reading, flipping the classroom, rethinking the socratic seminar, and moving students into virtual worlds with tools like Minecraft and social media. Beyond typical school assignments that only aim to layer technology in as an afterthought, Toward a More Visual Literacydemonstrates practical ways for teachers to engage students in YA literature, both in their classrooms and throughout our digital world. -- Troy Hicks, professor of English & Education, Central Michigan University, author, Crafting Digital Writing (2013) & Because Digital Writing Matters (2010)
While ELA teachers are constantly being told to integrate technology into their instruction, Toward a More Visual Literacy answers the crucial questions of how and why we should do so - namely, to support young people as not only consumers, but also producers of digital texts that connect them to the world outside the classroom and help them forge transformative futures for themselves and our society. The contributors share innovative classroom literacy practices that foster digital social imagination and offer all educators inspiration for merging literary response, multimodal composing, and civic engagement. -- Nicole Mirra, assistant professor of Urban Teacher Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University
While sharing a wealth of stories from and suggestions for the classroom, Dail, Witte, and Bickmore's Toward a More Visual Literacy: Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature will ignite teachers' creativity for enhancing young adult literature with visual literacy practices. Chapters written by an array of impressive authors--classroom teachers and pre-service teacher educators--include new ideas for teaching based on remix, gamification, socratic circles, collaborative writing, physical construction, and other new and traditional technologies. Reluctant readers may be transformed and gifted readers will be challenged by the creative approaches described here. -- Ken Lindblom, professor of English, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Youth deserve the right to not just read books that speak to them, but to create, produce, and perform alongside the very texts that they are reading. Toward a More Visual Literacy: Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature provides teachers insight into those very literacies that youth uptake in their interest-driven spaces, while providing practical ideas for teaching texts in innovative ways alongside their students rather than at their students. This book is a must read for any teacher looking for innovative ways to inspire their English language arts classroom in the digital era. -- Dr. Hannah R. Gerber, associate professor of Literacy, Sam Houston State University, president, International Council of Educational Media
We may now be certain that the rise of the Internet did not, as feared, implode the teaching of English. But it has changed things, things that require confident and critical attention. That is precisely what this book offers. Dail, Witte, and Bickmore have assembled a digitally dextrous team of scholars whose chapters will leave readers with a newfound confidence in the creative power of young people's visual literacies. -- Tom Liam Lynch, professor, Education Technology, Pace University, creator, Gradgrind's Education Blog

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