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Literacy in the Digital Age

Second Edition

December 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Burniske shows us how to expand our instruction so that electronic literacy becomes an essential component of our classrooms. He challenges us to realize our commitment to develop our students as critical and reflective language users. This is a book all serious literacy professionals need to read and discuss with colleagues."
—From the Foreword by Donna Ogle

Help students become ethical, well-informed online communicators!

Living in today's digital age provides a wealth of learning opportunities and a wide range of communication possibilities. Along with its many benefits, the World Wide Web poses real challenges to even the most informed user, from misinformation to unedited work to plagiarism. How can we teach students to use the Internet intelligently and responsibly?

In this insightful resource, internationally recognized professor and author R. W. Burniske takes an in-depth look at the Internet's advantages and risks and shows teachers how to incorporate technology to help students communicate clearly, accurately, and purposefully. Using specific case studies, teacher tips, and practical ideas, this valuable resource gives teachers guidelines to help students develop their ability to:

  • Use language critically and tactfully
  • Assess visual content on the Web
  • Critically evaluate Web sites for validity and reliability
  • Practice ethics and etiquette on the Internet
  • Analyze online information for credibility, logic, and embedded emotional content

Literacy in the Digital Age, Second Edition, provides everything educators need to make digital literacy a vital part of their classroom instruction.


 
In Tribute
 
Foreword by Donna Ogle
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Cyberwriter at Work: The Design of This Book

 
How to Read This Book: A Linear Approach to Hypertext

 
 
1. Media Literacy: Broadening the Definition of Computer Literacy
The Curricular Conundrum

 
The Rhetorical Triangle: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

 
Media Literacy Challenge #1: The Rhetoric of Computer Advertising

 
Is Everything an Argument?

 
Media Literacy Challenge #2: Arguments "R" Us

 
The Technology of Writing

 
Media Literacy Challenge #3: Musical Chairs and Writing Technology

 
Civil Literacy

 
 
2. Civil Literacy: The Cyberpilot's License
The Cyberpilot's License

 
Know Your Vehicle

 
Rights and Responsibilities

 
Who and What Rules the Airwaves?

 
Piloting Skills & Netiquette

 
Intellectual Property in Cyberspace: An Overview

 
Civil Literacy Challenge #1: Borrowing Without Stealing

 
Civil Literacy Challenge #2: Putting out the Flames

 
 
3. Discourse Literacy: Beyond the Chat Room
Discourse Literacy Challenge #1: Hearing Voices

 
Discourse Literacy Challenge #2: Imitating Voices

 
Greater Expectations: Synchronous Online Discussions

 
Case Study: Paul M.

 
Establish the Rules, Play by the Rules

 
Discourse Literacy Challenge #3: Role Playing Online

 
Case Study: Online Role Playing

 
Personal Literacy

 
 
4. Personal Literacy: Discovering Oneself Online
Initiation Stories

 
Fostering Personal Literacy

 
Personal Literacy Challenge #1: The Why List

 
Why Ask Why? Increasing Student Awareness

 
Why Ask Why? Inviting Response

 
Case Study: The Why List Online

 
Personal Literacy Challenge #2: The Hypertext Why List

 
Beyond Personal Inquiry: Community Literacy

 
 
5. Community Literacy: Composing Ourselves in a Virtual Community
Community Literacy Challenge #1: The Sequential Story

 
Case Study: A Telecollaborative, Sequential Story

 
Community Literacy Challenge #2: Putting E-mail in the Right E-envelope

 
Course Web Sites: A Community Work in Progress

 
Visual Literacy

 
 
6. Visual Literacy: Web Sites, Rhetorically Speaking
What Are You Looking At?

 
Case Study: The State of The Onion

 
Seeing Is Believing (and Other Satirical Lessons)

 
Measuring the Sum of a Web Site's Parts

 
Visual Literacy Challenge #1: The Rhetorical Analysis of Web Documents

 
Visual Literacy Challenge #2: Web Sites and Evaluative Arguments

 
Global Literacy

 
 
7. Evaluative Literacy: Peer Reviews, Electronic Portfolios, and Online Learning Records
Evaluative Literacy Challenge #1: The Hypertext Writing Workshop

 
Case Study: Electronic Portfolios

 
Case Study: Online Learning Records

 
Pedagogical Literacy

 
 
8. Pedagogical Literacy: Plugging Into Electronic Pedagogy
Mr. Wynegar's Pastime: Tradition and the Individual Teacher

 
Ms. Sabadilla and The Electronic Chalkboard

 
Electronic Pedagogy: The Web Site

 
 
Appendix: Index of Web Sites
 
References
 
Further Readings
 
Index

"Burniske shows us how to expand our instruction so that electronic literacy becomes an essential component of our classrooms. He challenges us to realize our commitment to develop our students as critical and reflective language users. This is a book all serious literacy professionals need to read and discuss with colleagues."

From the Foreword by Donna Ogle

"An important, key exploration of how teachers can help students become good online communicators."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features

This book includes:

  • Ready-to-use classroom technology for expanding student literacy and critical thinking
  • Teacher tips for introducing new ideas to students
  • Ways to help students critically evaluate websites
  • Guidelines for developing collaborative international student learning projects

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Donna Ogle

Introduction

Chapter 1: Media Literacy


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