New Literacies in the Classroom: Digital Capital, Student Identity, and Third Space

By Brian Morgan.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Despite what students and teachers believe about their own engagement with New Literacies and their connection with print-based, school sanctioned literacies, New Literacies and print-based literacies are not unconnected (Alvermann, 2001; Alexander, 2006; Baird & Fisher, 2005-2006).Adolescents are able to navigate adeptly the old and New Literacies (Lankshear &Knobel, 2006). They move through and between paper-based and New Literacies for academic, economic, and social purposes at school, at work, and at home. Given the quantity of time students spend online, it seems foolish to ignore the role of the Internet in the lives of students and the effects of enabling the instantiation of that role in students’ academic lives.

This paper describes the experience of introducing a blog into an English literature classroom in an alternative education classroom over the course of two years and how the students there reconstructed the blog into a third space for identity construction. It also discusses the effects of student online literacies on pedagogy and students and to what use knowledge of that role can be put in the classroom.

Keywords: New Literacies, Identity, Adolescent Education, Third Space, Cultural Capital, Adolescent Literacy Practices

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.221-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.152MB).

Brian Morgan

Assistant Professor, Ella Cline Shear School of Education, Sate University of New York College at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, USA

Brian Morgan is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Ella Cline Shear School of Education at SUNY Geneseo. His interests include New Literacies, Adolescent Literacies, Adolescent Literature, information and communication technologies, and social practice.

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