Two University at Buffalo education professors known for their pioneering work in teacher education and the integration of digital media into public school classrooms, have edited a book celebrating what they call “an essential new literacy” in American schools.
“Multimodal Composing in Classrooms: Learning and Teaching for the Digital World” (April, 2012, Routledge) is co-edited by Suzanne M. Miller and Mary B. McVee of the UB Graduate School of Education. It features case studies from classrooms of all grade levels that serve as exemplary illustrations of how to reach and teach students in a digital world.
“In the digital world we rarely read and write print text alone,” says Miller, “so allowing students to learn by writing with video, for instance, opens classrooms up to compelling social, cultural, political and civic digital practices”. Miller, associate professor of learning and instruction at UB, is the founding director of the City Voices, City Visions (CVCV) project, which sponsors an annual student film festival screening digital videos.
Contributors to the book include current UB colleagues and former doctoral students now teaching in other institutions. Some of the case studies of successful integration of digital technologies in schools come from CVCV high school classrooms, and others from elementary and teacher education classrooms.
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