CFP: Currents in Social Networking (1/15/07; journal issue)

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Doug Freeman
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We are excited to announce that Currents in Electronic Literacy is
moving in a new direction. The Spring 2007 issue of Currents will
focus on reviews. We believe a journal based on reviews can be of much
greater relevance to the field than our past models, which consisted
of a few long articles supplemented by short book reviews. However, in
this new model we will conceive of "reviews" more broadly. In addition
to reviewing books, we are soliciting reviews of software, websites,
blogs, conferences, parallel academic programs, and pedagogical
practices. We hope that the new version of Currents will point out
emerging trends in the field of electronic literacy.

Spring 2007 Call for Reviews:

The upcoming issue will consider electronically mediated social
networking from two angles. On the one hand, how might such varied
tools as podcasts, blogs, and even Facebook effectively communicate
information both inside and beyond the classroom? On the other hand,
how can these and other social networking tools help create an
environment that encourages students to participate more actively in
the process of knowledge creation? For example, how might using wikis
in the classroom help develop students' sense of ownership over their

Possible items for review within the theme of social networking:
Software and Webtools such as:

    * Writely
    * Writeboard
    * flickr
    * technorati
    * citeulike
    * connotea
    * facebook
    * myspace
    * Cyworld
    * Podcasting
    * SimTeach

Literature such as:

    * The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of
Information by Richard Lanham
    * Code V.2 by Lawrence Lessig
    * JPod by Douglas Coupland
    * The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets
and Freedom by Yochai Benkler
    * The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Websites such as:

    * Kairosnews
    * Wikipedia
    * Blogging Pedagogy
    * The Blogora
    * Academic Commons

Submissions should be approximately 1500 words for individual reviews
and 2500 for omnibus reviews of multiple texts or applications.
Submission deadline is January 15, 2007. Web-based multimedia reviews
are welcome. For questions or to submit reviews email

Currents in Electronic Literacy is an online publication of the
Computer Writing and Research Laboratory at the University of Texas,
Austin. Currents strives to provide a forum for the scholarly
discussion of issues pertaining to electronic literacy, widely
construed. In general, Currents publishes work addressing the use of
electronic texts and technologies for reading, writing, teaching, and
learning in fields including but not restricted to the following:
literature (in English and in other languages), rhetoric and
composition, languages (English, foreign, and ESL), communications,
media studies, and education.

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