Digital Literacies in Education: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms builds from the work of the UKLA ‘Digital Literacies in Education’ Special Interest Group and is written by researchers and teachers working together to enrich their literacy teaching. The aim of this practical and research-informed book is to support educators to integrate digital literacies within all aspects of their literacy provision – planning, teaching and assessment.
This recently published UKLA ‘Ideas in Practice’ resource is an invaluable tool for both teachers and researchers. A collection of case studies and reflections from the UKLA Digital Literacies Special Interest Group, Digital Literacies in Education: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms is a must-have resource for anyone interested in investigating ‘authentic ways of making meaning’ (pg. 7). The 12 principles for integrating digital literacies into a broad and balanced curriculum (pg. 10) provide opportunities for collective and challenging discussions around what the current curriculum offer provides for learners. Additionally, with case studies on topics such as engaging with digital books (pgs. 12-17), using film to support creative writing (pgs. 44-49) and more, there is something to both enhance existing knowledge and to extend understanding of this crucial topic. Finally, the keen eye on systems and structures for assessing the quality and impact of digital literacy approaches and ensuring high-quality teaching and learning make this guide a practical tool for busy teachers, full of ideas to enhance practice. Reviewed by Kelly Ashley