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Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies
by Rebecca Jean Luce-Kapler
|Grades||6 – 12|
By using Radical Change texts and wikis—online, open-source, Web-creation software—the researcher in this study anticipated that students would create "e-literature" that would have interesting hyperlinks, both with other students' texts and throughout the story. Instead, the students did very little connecting, wrote small fragments of text, and relied primarily on images to "tell" a story.
Nevertheless, during the interviews, the researcher found that the students had developed some visual literacy skills, and she identified four teaching practices that were important for engaging students in literacy processes:
- focusing events
- interacting in groups
- enabling constraints
- playing opportunities
Luce-Kapler, R. (2007, November). Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(3), 214–223. doi: 10.1598/JAAL.51.3.2
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students become online authors in this lesson in which they write and post a short story using wiki technology.