By Julia Gillen
To Be Published January 15th 2014 by Routledge – 224 pages
With our increasing use of digital and online media, the way we interact with these modes has a great impact on our learning and literacy.
In Digital Literacies, Julia Gillen presents a new approach to the study and research of the area. Drawing on the author's many research projects, and incorporating a range of global examples from a variety of contexts, the book shows how linguistic theory can be combined with a dialogic approach in order to propose new definitions of 'speech' and 'writing'.
Assuming no existing knowledge, Digital Literacies explains the key ideas needed to understand the area, then works through examples which include using digital classroom technologies to enhance learning in schools, online teenage communities and adult literacy through the use of Twitter. Within each chapter the relevant research methods used are explored and then tied to the theory underpinning them.
This book is an innovative and essential read for all those studying and researching applied linguistics, particularly in the areas of literacy and multimodality, at an upper undergraduate and postgraduate level.
1. What are Digital Literacies? 2. Orchestration with digital Classroom Technologies 3. Digital Literacies, Learning and Bursting Through Classroom Walls 4. Learning and Living with Teenagers in a Virtual World 5. Professional, Personal and Political Expertise: Twitter and the Media 6. Overcoming Challenges
Julia Gillen is Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies at Lancaster University.