Chapter 6

Digital literacies as school practices

Leena Rantala

Education policies today aim at fostering digital literacies, which are essential for participating in contemporary society and culture.1 Recently a variety of experiments have been implemented in order to improve the way that new technologies are used in schools. However, it appears that digital media are not integrated into everyday teaching and learning practices. Children seem to learn digital literacies mostly through their everyday activities.

The aim of this chapter is to describe what actually happens in schools, in terms of digital literacies, from the perspective of students. Digital literacies are approached as social practices embedded in school context, such as teaching ...

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