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ERIC Number: EJ896454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Remixing Old and New Literacies = Motivated Students
Gainer, Jesse S.; Lapp, Diane
English Journal, v100 n1 p58-64 Sep 2010
Although not a new concept, remix has recently gained popularity in mainstream sources ranging from video games to newspaper columns and television commercials for airline tickets, fried chicken, and soft drinks. All these examples draw on a concept that originates from hip-hop culture and refers to the creative blending of materials from different sources. As in "DJ Hero," remixing originally referred to the practice when DJs pulled from various audio sources and mixed the different tracks together to make a new song. Remixing is seen as a creative process that draws on prior knowledge and textual understandings. In the field of literacy research, remix has been conceptualized as a form of writing and comprehending: writing and comprehending is remix. In this article, the authors examine the concept of remix and then discuss classroom practices that connect this concept from popular culture to school-based literacy objectives. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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