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Storytelling with Web 2.0 Tools: A New Genre?

The Beginning “Web 2.0 storytelling: the emergence of a new genre” by Alexander and Levine begins provocatively. In the past, according to the authors, stories had “a beginning, a middle, and a cleanly wrapped up ending” (p. 40) and were … Continue reading

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A new landscape.

In his attempt to examine the changing landscape of representation and communication, Gunther Kress’s (2005) article titled, “Gains and losses: New forms of texts, knowledge and Learning” raises many discussion points that are helpful for analyzing this field.  His primary … Continue reading

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Print versus Image: The Development of Multimodal Communication

In “Gains and losses: New forms of texts, knowledge, and learning,” Gunter Kress (2005) differentiates between the words ‘mode’ and ‘medium’ to describe the emergence multimodality in the 21st century. Kress (2005) believes that current semiotic transformations in the modes … Continue reading

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Hypertext, a Hostile Takeover?

In his chapter “Hypertext and the Remediation of Print” Bolter (2001) contends that remediation is about redefining cultural perspectives (p.43).  The big question between hypertext and print becomes whether one is more real, authentic, and natural than the other (Bolter, … Continue reading

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Technological vs Digital Literacy

Ubiquitous access to learning material and information has changed how students learn in today’s schools. This access to new material and information has created a need for students and educators to adapt their literacy skills to accommodate not only the … Continue reading

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Diversity and Education: The TCF Story

The article, “A Pedagogy of Mutiliteracies: Designing Social Futures” by The New London Group begins with an analysis of the spheres of our working, public and private lives and how these changing realities are redefining the concept of literacy pedagogy. … Continue reading

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As We May Think

With the end of the war, many scientists were losing their jobs in war-time efforts. As We May Think is a call for the enhancement of knowledge delivery systems, a peace-time ideal; something to enhance humanity as opposed to destroying … Continue reading

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Multimodal Modes of Representation in Education: Supporting the Diversity of Learning Styles

            In today’s century, as we discuss digital literacy, internet literacy, media literacy, and even television literacy (Rosen, 2009); it is clear that literacy is developing new accents that have become difficult to define in a few words.  Rosen (2009) … Continue reading

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Hypertext: A Natural Shift

The online world is structured in a much different way than how a traditional printed book is structured. This results in a changed perception and interpretation of information. In “Chapter 3: Hypertext and the Remediation of Print” from Bolter’s Writing … Continue reading

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Visual to Textual to Visual: Modes of Representation

Tara Avenia Visuals Remediating Text      Bolter (2001) begins the fourth chapter in Writing Space “The Break out of the Visual” with an assertion: “Hypertext” Bolter claims, “seldom exists as pure text without any graphics” (p.47). With this statement … Continue reading

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