Two fingers for the Digital Age

Here’s a list of sessions at this year’s AATE/ALEA conference that included the word ‘digital’ in their heading:

  • New Frontiers in writing: opening the Digital Doorway
  • New Literacies for the Digital Age
  • Literacy Education in the Digital Age
  • Digital Storytelling in a Community Context
  • Literacy and computer games in the Digital World of the 21st Century
  • Transforming Literacy Curricula and Pedagogy in a Digital Age
  • The power of the Digital Story
  • Differentiating the teaching of English using technology as a tool: how to reach the Digital Natives in your classroom
  • Digital spaces and young people’s online authoring
  • Re-negotiating Digital Literacy Practices in and Around the Curriculum

And then there’s that other scary word – ‘multimodal’ – (ie. teaching literacy with anything but a book)

  • Wiki, webs, what: models of multimodality or textual terrorism? Teaching and learning in multi-modal textual practice
  • Analysing multimodal classroom narratives
  • Multimodality and reading comprehension
  • Producing multimodal texts in the literacy classroom
  • Macbeth, ICT and the OC: A teacher’s journey through the multimodal minefield

This is not to mention the numerous sessions that explored technology, gaming and visual literacy. You could count the number of sessions that referenced the word ‘book’ or ‘writing’ on one hand. Whoops, I mean on your digits.

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