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Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies

by Rebecca Jean Luce-Kapler

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Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies

Grades 6 – 12
Type Journal
Published November 2007
Publisher International Literacy Association



By using Radical Change texts and wikis—online, open-source, Web-creation software—the researcher in this study anticipated that students would create "e-literature" that would have interesting hyperlinks, both with other students' texts and throughout the story. Instead, the students did very little connecting, wrote small fragments of text, and relied primarily on images to "tell" a story.

Nevertheless, during the interviews, the researcher found that the students had developed some visual literacy skills, and she identified four teaching practices that were important for engaging students in literacy processes:

  • focusing events
  • interacting in groups
  • enabling constraints
  • playing opportunities

Luce-Kapler, R. (2007, November). Radical Change and Wikis: Teaching New Literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(3), 214–223. doi: 10.1598/JAAL.51.3.2


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Collaborating, Writing, Linking: Using Wikis to Tell Stories Online

Students become online authors in this lesson in which they write and post a short story using wiki technology.