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New Literacies in Action: Teaching and Learning in Multiple Media


reviewed by Héctor J. Vila — 2005

coverTitle: New Literacies in Action: Teaching and Learning in Multiple Media
Author(s): William Kist
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745405, Pages: 160, Year: 2005
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It is safe to say that we are at the birth of the information age. And we have quite fluidly become cyber citizens, that is, organisms that combine the natural and the artificial together in one system. Education, though, is conflicted, mired in a static model that prevents a systematic inquiry into new literacies, sophisticated uses of multimedia and technologies that challenge notions of linearity, interconnectedness, and collaboration. As we might expect, creative uses of new literacies in the classroom happen infrequently. In 2001, Larry Cuban asked a series of valuable questions: “How do these monies (spent on technology) help us achieve our larger social and civic goals? In what ways can teachers use technology to create better communities and build strong citizens?” (Cuban, 2001, p. 197, emphasis added). Cuban argues that we need to pay closer attention to the teacher’s workplace, that we need to develop a larger social... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2537-2542
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11806, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 10:36:23 AM

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  • Héctor Vila
    Middlebury College
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    HECTOR J. VILA, Assistant Professor in Writing and Teacher Education at Middlebury College. His most recent book is Life-Affirming Acts: Education as Transformation (Heinemann, 2001). His current projects include the Community Digital Story Collaborative, a K-16 initiative, and The Future Communities First Year Seminar.
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