Projects & Publications

Some of my research has been published in various articles and book chapters, primarily focused on social media in education. I have other research data which I plan on writing up over the coming months.


The Student Voice Handbook
Bridging the Academic/Practitioner Divide

‘Everyone in the world can see it’ – Developing pupil voice through online social networks in the primary classroom.

In this chapter I explore the ways in which social media can be used in a positive way to promote student voice within an online community of practice. This includes an exploration of the use of Twitter in the primary classroom as a way of engaging children in real-world meaning making while learning safe practices within an online social network.


English 4-11

‘It’s very fun and exsiting’ – using Twitter in the Primary classroom

As part of focussing on the development of traditional writing and new literacies, I described how I have used the social networking system Twitter with my Year 2 class as a means of engaging children in evaluating and reflecting on their own learning. Its use has created a greater understanding of real world literacy and helped develop digital literary skills within this online community of practice.
Available to view here.


Virtual LiteraciesVirtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People
Edited by G. Merchant, J. Gillen, J. Marsh & J. Davies, Routledge

More than Tweets: Developing the ‘new’ and ‘old’ through online social networks

This chapter focuses on work presented at the ESRC seminar series Children’s and young people’s digital literacies in virtual online spaces and focuses on the ways in which social networking sites have fundamentally changed the areas of social participation and communication for many people in today’s society. However, as with any new technology a dissonance has grown between home and school practices of such networks. ‘Schooled’ use of such systems confines communication and networking to tightly controlled virtual learning environments (VLEs), while out-of-school use is characterised by global networks where identity is affirmed within an online community of practice. This chapter explores how the use of a real social networking site (Twitter) can be used in a safe way to support the development of both traditional and digital writing.


Upcoming Publications

English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy
Interpreting and authoring digital multimedia narratives
Edited by Len Unsworth and Angela Thomas

Subject to Change: Social Media, Education and Contentious Literacies

This chapter draws upon work I presented during my keynote presentation at the University of Tasmania in September 2011. In addition it also reports new data from my MA thesis which explores the use of blogging as a new literacy practice in the primary classroom.