Slate-Enabled Literacy Practices in a Futureschool@Singapore Classroom
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The chapter examines and analyzes literacy practices in a FutureSchool@Singapore English Language classroom where each student has a tablet personal computer, which the school termed the ‘slate’. The study adopted an ecological approach to understanding literacy and employed digitally enhanced classroom microethnographic methods in its data collection. Using Activity Theory to guide the analysis of slate-enabled literacy events in this classroom, the research found that such a 1:1 computing networked environment allowed student participants to be active agents in shaping classroom literacy practices. The study provides evidences of teachers and students negotiating knowledge transmission and knowledge building pedagogies, and how such a learning environment can potentially bridge the “digital divide” between in-school and out-of-school literacy practices.
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