Digital literacy in theory, policy and practice: Old concerns, new opportunities

Bulfin, Scott & McGraw, Kelli (2015) Digital literacy in theory, policy and practice: Old concerns, new opportunities. In Henderson, Michael & Romeo, Geoff (Eds.) Teaching and Digital Technologies : Big Issues and Critical Questions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; Port Melbourne, Vic, pp. 266-281.

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Abstract

The increasing ubiquity and use of digital technologies across social and cultural life is a key challenge for educators engaged in helping students develop a range of literacies useful for school and beyond. Many young people's experience of communication and participation is now shaped by almost constant engagements with digital technologies and media, as well as with global digital cultures. This increasing access and use has given many young people the opportunity to engage deeply with global media cultures via popular music, television and film franchises, the worldwide computer games industry, or countless other subcultures that connect fans and interested others from around the world via the internet. 'Digital literacy' is often the term associated with the ability to traverse these, and other, online and offline worlds; the notion has long been synonymous with the idea that digital technologies now mediate perhaps a majority of our social interactions. These forms of engagement with the world have important implications for educators and school systems which have historically recognised only a very narrow set of legitimate literacies.

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ID Code: 89098
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: digital literacy, new technologies, Australian Curriculum
ISBN: 9781107451971
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2015 03:49
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 00:44

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