Using Media Technologies in English

Jetnikoff, Anita (2009) Using Media Technologies in English. In Gannon, Susanne, Howie, Mark, & Sawyer, Wayne (Eds.) Charged with Meaning : Re-Viewing English (3rd Edition). Phoenix Education, Putney, NSW, pp. 314-320.

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English has long been the subject where print text has reigned supreme. Increasingly in our networked and electronically connected world, however, we can be using digital technologies to create and respond to texts studied in English classrooms. The current approach to English includes the concept of ‘multiliteracies,’ which suggests that print texts alone are necessary but not sufficient’ (E.Q, 2000) and that literacy includes the flexible and sustainable mastery of a repertoire of practices. This also includes the decoding and deployment of media technologies (E.Q, 2000). This has become more possible in Australia as secondary students have increasing access to computers and online platforms at home and at school. With the advent of web 2.0., with its interactive platforms and free media making software, teachers and students can use this software to access information and emerging online literature in English covering a range of text types and new forms for authentic audiences and contexts. This chapter is concerned with responding to literary and mediated texts through the use of technologies. If we remain open to trying out new textual forms and see our digital ‘native students’ (Prensky, 2007) as our best resource, we can move beyond technophobia, become digital travellers’ ourselves and embrace new digital forms in our classrooms.

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ID Code: 28962
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Technology in English, English Curriculum and new media, New media literacy, New literacies, Multiliteracies and technology in English
ISBN: 9781921586187
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Phoenix Education
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2009 05:09
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2013 04:13

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