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Digital Literacies : Research and Resources in Language Teaching - Nicola Hockly

Digital Literacies

Research and Resources in Language Teaching

Paperback Published: 11th April 2013
ISBN: 9781408296899
Number Of Pages: 400

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Dramatic shifts in our communication landscape have made it crucial for language teaching to go beyond print literacy and encompass the digital literacies which are increasingly central to learners' personal, social, educational and professional lives. By situating these digital literacies within a clear theoretical framework, this book provides educators and students alike with not just the background for a deeper understanding of these key 21st-century skills, but also the rationale for integrating these skills into classroom practice. This is the first methodology book to address not just why but also how to teach digital literacies in the English language classroom. This book provides:

  • A theoretical framework through which to categorise and prioritise digital literacies
  • Practical classroom activities to help learners and teachers develop digital literacies in tandem with key language skills
  • A thorough analysis of the pedagogical implications of developing digital literacies in teaching practice
  • A consideration of exactly how to integrate digital literacies into the English language syllabus
  • Suggestions for teachers on how to continue their own professional development through PLNs (Personal Learning Networks), and how to access teacher development opportunities online


This book is ideal for English language teachers and learners of all age groups and levels, academics and students researching digital literacies, and anyone looking to expand their understanding of digital literacies within a teaching framework.

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'This is such a great book- everyone who wants to incorporate digital literacies into their teaching should buy it because they will not want to share it or return it to their library. Mine is already covered in sticky notes.' - Glenda Inverarity, Modern English Teacher

Table of Contents Acknowledgements. 4 1 From Research to Implications. 6 A framework of digital literacies 7 Box 1.1 What hardware and software do I need? 9 First focus: Language. 13 Box 1.2 Am I teaching digital natives? 15 Box 1.3 Does Facebook belong in my classroom? 18 Box 1.4 Does the digital divide still matter? 21 Second focus: Information. 24 Box 1.5 What are the alternatives to Google? 1 Box 1.6 Can we trust Wikipedia? 27 Box 1.7 Is there too much or too little information? 30 Box 1.8 Does multitasking work? 32 Third focus: Connections 32 Box 1.9 How can we promote digital safety and privacy? 34 Box 1.10 When, where & why should my students build PLNs (and PLEs)? 36 Box 1.11 Do I need to worry about censorship & surveillance? 38 Fourth focus: (Re-)design. 42 Box 1.12 How do I deal with copyright & plagiarism? 44 Looking ahead. 46 Box 1.13 What do new technologies mean for people & the planet? 48 2. From Implications to Application. 50 Box 2.1 Will new technologies improve my students' learning? 50 The TPACK framework for integrating technology use. 51 Box 2.2 Should I be worried about teaching with new technologies? 52 The SAMR model for evaluating technology use. 54 The digital activities grid. 55 Digital activities 62 Activity 1 Technology past and present Activity 2 Being digitally literate Activity 3 Writing the news Activity 4 Extreme weather Activity 5 Cryptic messages Activity 6 Codeswitching Activity 7 Sports linking Activity 8 Building links Activity 9 Food boards Activity 10 Copycat Activity 11 Envisioning the facts Activity 12 Sales techniques Activity 13 Showcasing hobbies Activity 14 Selling English Activity 15 Transmedia stories Activity 16 Avatars Activity 17 Choose your own adventure Activity 18 History hunt Activity 19 A picture a day Activity 20 Mobile rules Activity 21 HTML basics Activity 22 HTML advanced Activity 23 Travel clouds Activity 24 Travel tags Activity 25 Search race Activity 26 Search me Activity 27 Tree octopus Activity 28 Fun facts Activity 29 News in my networks Activity 30 Connecting people Activity 31 My digital life Activity 32 Turn off, tune out Activity 33 Faking it Activity 34 Online me Activity 35 Personal blogging Activity 36 Setting the scene Activity 37 Footprints in the wires Activity 38 Going viral Activity 39 A class PLN Activity 40 Our city guide Activity 41 Our city on Wikipedia Activity 42 Flickr vocabulary book Activity 43 A good cause Activity 44 Vox pop Activity 45 Global dancing Activity 46 Travel tips Activity 47 LOLcats Activity 48 Texting Hillary Activity 49 I'mma let you finish Activity 50 Movie mashup Future learning. 331 3. From Application to Implementation. 333 Incorporating activities into the syllabus and timetable. 333 Choosing activities for different levels and contexts 346 Generating further activities 357 Building new learning spaces 358 Teaching in technology-limited environments 361 Assessing digital work. 363 4. From Implementation to Research. 371 Conducting & sharing action research. 371 Building & maintaining PLNs 373 Keeping a blog. 374 Tweeting and Facebooking. 377 Working with aggregators 378 Working across platforms 380 References. 382 Appendix Index

ISBN: 9781408296899
ISBN-10: 1408296896
Series: Research and Resources in Language Teaching
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 11th April 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.76  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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