Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.
The website for the journal is at http://www.jstor.org/stable/40173204 . The official name is English Education. The publisher is the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The audience for this journal is teachers. The focus is on secondary schools. The academic area is English Language Arts. The journal publication is quarterly (four times per year). It is published on January, April, July, and October. The content is articles.
The article I read is Multiliteracies Meet Methods: The Case for Digital Writing in English Education. It talks about technology and literacies. Grabill & Hicks wrote about a virtual world called MOO (Multi User Dungeon) to help students read Brave New World engaging students with the text. The article also gives ideas to use e-mails. Example: a ninth grader e-mailing a student in a university.
One purpose I see in the article is to promote the way educators look at technology. Technology is not just a tool but should be used for social communications in more than one way. It is true that technology has modernized the writing process making publication and distribution easier. Even better, the writer can receive feedback from people. Students would write for the teacher to read but now the audience is vast.
Writers using technology may use someone else ideas and add sound, pictures, video and text but need to be careful about plagiarism by giving credit for intellectual property. Technology is also changing the way we see classrooms because networks are also considered classrooms like when we use Blackboard.
Michigan State University has two types of courses for teachers that are required. One course is basic and consists of composing an e-mail. The Professional course consists of a thoughtful and a new way to use the e-mail in an instructional plan. This seems like lowering standards to Grabill and Hicks.
The article was very informative and the language was pretty dense. I had to reread various passages several times to understand it. What I have learned through reading this article is that I need a lot more vocabulary related to multiple literacies because the vocabulary was somewhat high for me. I think that the audience for this journal is not just teachers but college professors as well. I think this article could be used in a workshop to explain about all the different literacies, in middle school for teachers to read, and college.
Grabill, J. T. & Hicks. T. (2005). Multiliteracies Meet Methods: The Case for Digital Writing in English Education. National Council of Teachers of English. Vol. 37, No. 4 (Jul., 2005), pp. 301-31. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40173204