Critical Digital Literacies: Boundary-Crossing Practices


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How would you implement Critical Digital Literacies in your own classrooms and educational programs?

You will find a valuable resource to answer that question in this volume, with a pronounced focus on social justice. Seventeen contributors advance the theories and praxis of Critical Digital Literacies. Aimed at literacy, teacher education, and English Education practitioners, this volume explores critical practices with digital tools. The chapters highlight activities and approaches which cross the boundaries of: genre; critical data literacy; materiality; critical self-reflection; preservice teacher education; gender; young adult literature; multimodal composition; assessment; gaming; podcasting; and second-language teacher education. Authors also explore the challenges of carrying out both the critical and the digital within the context and confines of traditional schooling.

Contributors are: Claire Ahn, JuliAnna Ávila, Alexander Bacalja, Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso, Edison Castrillón Angel, Elena Galdeano, Matthew Hall, Amber Jensen, Elisabeth Johnson, Raúl Alberto Mora, Luci Pangrazio, Ernesto Peña, Amy Piotrowski, Amanda Miller Plaizier, Holger Pötzsch, Mary Rice and Anna Smith.

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Introduction Glimpsing the Kaleidoscope of Praxis
Conclusion From Mimeographs to New Learning Ecologies
JuliAnna Ávila, Ph.D. (2007), UC Berkeley, is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was co-editor, with Jessica Zacher Pandya, of Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis: Intersections and Challenges (Peter Lang, 2012).
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Introduction: Glimpsing the Kaleidoscope of Praxis
JuliAnna Ávila

PART 1: Extending and Reimagining the Original Definition of Critical Digital Literacies

1 Reality as Genre
Claire Ahn and Ernesto Peña
2 “Your Data Can Go to Anyone”: The Challenges of Developing Critical Data Literacies in Children
Luci Pangrazio and Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso
3 Bringing Materiality into Thinking about Digital Literacy: Theories and Practices of Critical Education in a Digital Age
Holger Pötzsch

PART 2: Critical Digital Literacies in Teacher Education

4 Critical Self-Reflection and Teaching Tensions: Activating Critical Approaches to Digital Literacies Pedagogy among Preservice English Teachers
Amber Jensen
5 Anticipating Genders: Critical Digital Assignments as Sites of Engagement
Elisabeth Johnson and Elena Galdeano
6 Utilizing Young Adult Literature to Develop Preservice English Teachers’ CDL-Based Pedagogical Practices
Amy Piotrowski and Amanda Miller Plaizier

PART 3: CDL Activities in the Classroom

7 Mobilities of Youth Print Practices in Cosmopolitan Conversation Video Composition
Anna Smith and Matthew Hall
8 Assessing Critical Digital Literacies: Challenging Theory/Illustrating Practice
Mary Frances Rice
9 “There’s More Going On”: Critical Digital Game Literacies and the Imperative of Praxis
Alexander Bacalja
10 Rethinking CDL Practices in Second-Language Teacher Education: Podcasting as CDL Narratives
Edison F. Castrillón-Ángel and Raúl Alberto Mora

Conclusion: From Mimeographs to New Learning Ecologies
Anna Smith

Literacy, critical literacies, and digital literacies scholars and graduate students will be interested in this volume. Also, teacher educators and English Education professors and graduate students will find it relevant.
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