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Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy: The Next Powerful Step in 21st-Century Learning


reviewed by Melanie Shoffner — August 15, 2007

coverTitle: Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy: The Next Powerful Step in 21st-Century Learning
Author(s): Diane Penrod
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865662, Pages: 175, Year: 2007
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In Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy: The Next Powerful Step in 21st-Century Learning, Diane Penrod asserts that weblogs – more commonly known as blogs – are an “important new approach for teaching and learning…[that can teach] students how to master language use, writing, critical thinking, and multimedia use” (p. 151). Penrod’s argument is twofold. With the ever-increasing importance of technology in all aspects of society today, schools must prepare technologically literate students.  Weblogs – a form of asynchronous communication similar to online journals – are a specific technology that support the development of students and should be incorporated into classrooms to that end. Penrod looks at the literacy required of technology as a new literacy, one that draws on specific skills to present written information for an audience in an electronic environment. This new literacy reconfigures writing as a visual enterprise, where the presentation is as important as the message. She... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 15, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14583, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 9:49:24 AM

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  • Melanie Shoffner
    Purdue University
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    MELANIE SHOFFNER is an Assistant Professor of English Education at Purdue University. Before completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she taught secondary English in North Carolina and Arizona. Her interests include the exploration of pre-service teacher reflective practice; the uses of educational technology in pre-service teacher reflection; and the development of the English teacher from societal and historical perspectives. Her current research focuses on pre-service teachers’ use of weblogs for informal reflection.
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