Monday, April 4, 2011

Gestures and Books

Gestures from João Machado on Vimeo.

Gestures meet the three tests for a semiotic domain (implicitly) laid down by Gee (2003:23):

They allow us to experience (see, feel and operate on) the world in new ways.
  1. Such gestures are shared with groups of people who carry them on as distinctive social practices.
  2. They allow us to gain resources that prepare us for future learning and problem-solving in the domain (and perhaps related domains).

Interesting the semiotic study about books and gestures!


Display the video in the classroom of Literature and invite your students to debate  the importance of gestures on reading a book and the different gesture reading an e-book.


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Credits: video JoaoMachado


Gee, J.P., What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2003

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