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New Media in the Classroom: Rethinking Primary Literacy

New Media in the Classroom


Professor Cathy Burnett, Professor Guy Merchant

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New book by SIoE Professors Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant presents authentic approaches for educators to meet challenges of the literacy that students need in our evolving digital landscape

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. New Media in the Classroom (SAGE) draws on research exploring new media practices within and outside school. It explains and encourages classroom activity that makes purposeful and appropriate use of these literacies and is underpinned by a set of guiding principles for teaching literacy in contemporary times.

Key topics include:

  • Building on children’s experiences in and out of school
  • Supporting children to draw on multiple modes and media to develop and convey meaning
  • Developing a responsive approach to literacy provision
  • Investigating ways of encouraging collaboration through and around digital media
  • Encouraging children to use digital media safely and advantageously.

The book is essential reading for primary English or elementary language arts modules on initial teacher education courses including university-based and schools-based routes into teaching, and also for current teachers wishing to enhance their own literacy teaching.

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