I just presented at the University of Pennsylvania 33rd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum with colleagues Tracie Wallace at UC Berkeley, and John Scott and Dee Anne Anderson at NYU who each teach/research at sites on Space2Cre8.com. From our experiences at each of our sites we asked: How might we imagine the possibilities of social networking sites as learning spaces in which youth not … Continue reading #ethnog12 Presentation Slide: Silent & Silenced Identity Work
Do youth need thoughtful, guided practice composing for potentially global audiences?
Recently, a friend on Facebook posted a question asking what age it is appropriate for a child to have an email account. About 29 comments later, it had became apparent that in the 3rd and 4th grades in this school district, teachers were setting up email accounts with students. Many of these comments were ones of frustration over the lack of parental notification and participation in this activity, but one in particular stood out for me. One person asked: “What possible reasons could there be for a 4th grade child to have an email account?” I don’t typically engage in Facebook conversations, especially emotionally-charged ones, but I felt that I could contribute a few “possible reasons why” youth should be participating in digital communication in thoughtful, guided ways.
Even with the digital divide present and growing, the nature of composition has changed in the digital and networked age in such a way that the capability to be producers and critical consumers of knowledge is now more widely available. Take social media outlets: More people of all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic positions produce news, comment on social issues, and even stage revolutions. These possibilities disrupt our existing societal power dynamics, and in turn, necessitate a new ethic of exchange with distant, unknown, imagined others. Critical reader-writers must take into consideration not just the interpretations they have intended as authors, but also the possible interpretations of audiences previously unimagined and out of reach.
I take the idea of “conversation” seriously. [tweet https://twitter.com/writerswriting/status/168087606372990976 align=’left’ width=’350′] In fact, I just tweeted about it this week. For a whole week I was stuck trying to figure out how to frame a very small passage of my dissertation. It wasn’t until I was talking to a friend about his dissertation —> that led me to read something —> that got me thinking … Continue reading Poll: Up for Conversation?