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“The More I Write…The More My Mind Evolves Into Something Outstanding”: Composing Identities with Social Media Tools

“The More I Write…The More My Mind Evolves Into Something Outstanding”: Composing Identities with Social Media Tools
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Author(s): Mary Beth Hines (Indiana University – Bloomington, USA), Jennifer M. Conner-Zachocki (Indiana University – Columbus, USA) and Becky Rupert (Graduation High School, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 15
Source title: Digital Multimedia: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3822-6.ch017

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Abstract

This chapter draws from a one-year qualitative investigation of a ninth-grade English classroom in a new technology-rich high school. The study explores the question, What identities did students compose as they alternately resisted and embraced the use of digital media in the writing classroom? Presenting a case study of one student, Shane, the chapter traces the ways in which he responded to the teacher's invitations to use digital media, thereby discursively crafting particular identity performances in on-site and online communities. Analysis identifies a number of tensions specific to the use of authentic audiences and purposes in the 21st century digital writing classroom and reveals three identity performance categories: Shane the comedian, Shane the subversive, and Shane the artist. In analyzing the ways in which social networking tools, literacy practices, and identity performances converge in the classroom, the chapter challenges dominant pedagogical assumptions about using new technologies in the schools to engage learners.

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