Building on the groundbreaking research of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media & Learning initiative, this book crosses the divide between digital literacies and traditional print culture to engage a generation of students who can read with a book in one hand and a mouse in the other.
Reading in a Participatory Culture tells the story of an innovative experiment that brought together playwright and director Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Melville scholar Wyn Kelley, and new media scholar Henry Jenkins to develop an exciting new curriculum to reshape the middle and high school English language arts classroom.
This book offers highlights from the resources developed for teaching Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and outlines basic principles of design, implementation, and assessment that can be applied to any text.
“In Reading in a Participatory Culture, Media Studies meets the Great White Whale in the English Classroom. This book is one of the most exciting and breathtaking works on English education ever written. At the same time it is must reading for anyone interested in digital media, digital culture, and learning in the 21st Century.”
— James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Arizona State University, and author of The Anti-Education Era
About the Editors
Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of communications, journalism, cinematic arts, and education at the University of Southern California.
Wyn Kelley is senior lecturer in literature and comparative media studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.