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What is Digital Spaces

Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media
The term ‘ digital spaces’ refers to what is displayed on the screen of a digital device (e.g. laptops, computers, tablets, or smartphones). What can be displayed in digital spaces is vast and diverse, and can take countless forms. The home screen of the device, applications (or apps), movies, photos, and website all occupy digital space.
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It Is Real Colouring?: Mapping Children's Im/Material Thinking in a Digital World
Dane Marco Di Cesare (University at Buffalo, USA), Debra Harwood (Brock University, Canada), and Jennifer Rowsell (Brock University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8310-5.ch004
Situated in the context of the role digital technology plays in the lives of young children in today's society, this chapter is comprised of four sections examining children's thinking involving digital spaces. First, a succinct overview of current research will be presented, focusing on emergent themes regarding young children navigating digital spaces and their im/material thinking. Following this is an examination of the issues raised from this research. This section highlights disparate access to technology and children's construction of identity in digital spaces. The next section presents the gaps in current research and the final section of this chapter focuses on implications for literacy practice, policy, and research.
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