There is an immensely important conjunction between literacy and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This book considers the application of ICT in raising and widening literacy achievements within the classroom, and explores ways that ICT can be harnessed to help students develop their literacy skills.
Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT supports educators in this aim by offering creative examples of good practice. It provides commentary and research into what adolescent students are doing, both in formal education and socially, with regard to ICT and literacy, including:
* Computer mediated communication
* Literacy implications of computer games and chatrooms
* Parents and children using the internet at home, and the implicit literacy skills involved
Several contributors provide useful insights into the debate around teenage literacy cultures and literacy in schools. For example, in schools, word processing and keyboard skills are valued; yet thumb-controlled technologies (games con- soles, texting) are denigrated. This book argues that if we are to encourage pupils to develop the literacy skills they need for the 21st century, we need a more positive and creative response to these popular forms of literacy.
This inspiring book is key reading for trainee and practising teachers, literacy advisers and policy makers.
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