New literacies and new media

The changing face of early literacy

Authored by: Natalia Kucirkova

The Routledge International Handbook of early Literacy Education

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138787889
eBook ISBN: 9781315766027
Adobe ISBN: 9781317659204


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This chapter addresses the possibility of connecting children’s print-based literacy experiences with technology-mediated interactions. The concept of new literacies is introduced in light of the implications for young children’s consumption and creation of digital texts. Four key features brought to the fore with new media – personalization, creativity, haptic feedback and interactivity – are discussed in detail, to prompt a broader outlook on the enduring key issues in early years literacy education.

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