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The digital world is at times too fast-paced for me. Reading…I am actually a close and careful reader. When reading print text I tend to read and savor every word and rarely skim. I am afraid of missing something. I read everything in grad school two or three times. Digital text is more meant to be skimmed and I wonder what we are losing–though, oddly, I prefer digital text over print. When I read a print book, I feel compelled to read everything–the text itself, the back cover, the author’s note, the preface…. I love words. I study them.

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I am recreating and reinvigorating this blog. It’s purpose and content will be manifold:

1) Links to cutting-edge news items relating to literacy theory and practice.  The comment features allows a forum for online dialogue, either anonymously or with a link to your blog. This will include embedded multimedia like video, podcasts, audio, and other hyperlinks. 

2) Book reviews on current high quality children’s literature and practitioner books. 

3) Commentary on research articles from research books and literacy and education journals. E.g., I will post on my thoughts on this important topic Miseducating Teachers about the Poor: A Critical Analysis of Ruby Payne’s Claims about Poverty in Teachers College Record (2008). This article (of which I am a co-author) inspired my dissertation topic, where I researched the perspectives, voices, and participation of low-income families in their children’s literacy learning. Click here for the abstract of this article. 

4) Online community. Feel free to post your comments on this page, read other’s comments, or, better yet, email me to be a collaborative writer on the blog. I believe in the power of asynchronous online chat around common professional topics as a virtual “professional learning community”. It’s all about keeping it dialogic!

If you’re interested in the interface of technology and literacy….

Lawrence Lessig: This is Lessig’s famous lecture on intellectual property law and its impact on multimodal literacies. This video is important for several reasons. Lessig argues for the “read-write” culture where copyright law is redesigned so that people have more access to text and media; great access means great facility to design and redesign media. He also terms this “free culture” and “Creative Commons”. 

 

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