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Today's society is marked by the effects of globalization and an ever-increasing diversity of culture and language. Adding to the pace of change are the proliferating multimedia and information technologies. These phenomena are shaping the way in which meaning is created and exchanged, and they are generating a dynamic plurality of texts. The "multiliteracies" idea addresses some of the major dimensions of these changes in the contemporary communications environment. But what is meant by multiliteracies and how is it taught? This PEN digest provides a straightforward explanation of the term and the teaching practices that go with it, supported by two unit outlines from intermediate grade classrooms--one unit is on multimedia communication, and the other unit is on popular music. (NKA)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Mass Media, Middle Schools, Outcomes of Education, Popular Music, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Units of Study

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Autor: Kalantzis, Mary; Cope, Bill; Fehring, Heather


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