Faculty Publications

Title

Composing Film: Multimodality and Production in Elementary Classrooms

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Theory into Practice

Volume

54

Issue

2

First Page

109

Last Page

116

Abstract

Despite the proliferation of technology in contemporary lives, many elementary schools often do not account for other technologically-mediated ways of constructing meaning in their daily curriculum, including film. This article presents insights from 2 filmmaking projects with elementary-aged students illustrating how film allowed students to engage in collaborative, as well as multimodal, literacy practices. Greater instructional flexibility and possibility for nonlinear production are identified as positive benefits in approaching text production situated in filmmaking. Our investigation highlights how technology integration can bolster existing writing practices in the elementary classroom and can benefit students in ways that maximize flexible thinking and include diverse student perspectives.

Original Publication Date

4-3-2015

DOI of published version

10.1080/00405841.2015.1010840

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