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Silicon Literacies Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age by Ilana Snyder

Silicon Literacies Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age

Part of the Literacies Series


Silicon Literacies Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age by Ilana Snyder

Electronic communication is radically altering literacy practices. Silicon Literacies unravels the key features of the new communication order to explore the social, cultural and educational impact of silicon literacy practices. Written by leading international scholars from a range of disciplines, the essays in this collection examine the implications of text produced on a keyboard, visible on a screen and transmitted through a global network of computers. The book covers topics as diverse as role-playing in computer games, the use of graphic symbols in on-screen texts and Internet degree programmes to reveal that being literate is to do with understanding how different modalities combine to create meaning. Recognizing that reading and writing are only part of what people have to learn to be literate, the contributors enhance our understanding of the ways in which the use of new technologies influence, shape and sometimes transform literacy practices.


'Make[s] important and challenging contributions to the field of literacy-technology studies...If literacy education is to enter a new era in response to changing literacies associated with digital technologies, the field needs more books like [this].' - Helen Nixon, Discourse'

About the Author

Ilana Snyder is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.

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Publication date

28th March 2002


Ilana Snyder

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


208 pages


Teaching of a specific subject
Applied linguistics for ELT



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