Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ICTs in English Update - it's a bumper edition!

In this update:
  • e-books
  • Upcoming conferences
  • Handy handouts
  • Moodle 2.0 news
  • Free PD opportunities
It has been a busy couple of weeks on the forum with a lot of discussion around e-books! There is clearly a divided camp out there - one still passionate about the tactile experience of paper books and those passionate about the pragmatic nature of the e-book. I for one am happy to have a foot firmly in both camps - I will always love the smell and romance of a second book shop and will continue to collect and fill book shelves around the house. That said, I also think I need (okay...want) an e-reader for Christmas - much easier to transport a virtual library to my seaside summer holiday! Or maybe I need an ipad (for the virtual magazine shop).
It would be interesting to see how we would view this forum discussion in 10 years time?! Would we be heartened or humoured. It sort of reminds me of the discussion that used happen when vinyl started to be CDs and now itunes...I guess it is just a matter of "only time will tell".

Karen Melhuish shared some interesting resources to support this discussion:
Electronic books in the just-released Horizon Report 2010 (from page 8)........sneak peek via Derek Wenmoth's blog

Upcoming Conferences

Learning @ School Conference

23-25th February 2011.

Much Ado About English

IFTE /NZATE Conference 2011

18-21st April 2011

Of particular interest to this forum is the strand 'New Technologies, New Practices'

This strand invites contributors to focus on, but not be limited by, one or more of
the following sub-themes:
• Impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning
• Challenges and tensions for teachers
• Changing parameters of the classroom
• Transformative possibilities for teaching
• Online learning
• Digitization of literature
• New conceptions of text
• Pedagogy of e-learning
• Co-construction and the digital classroom
• Assessment practices in new times
• Plagiarism, intertextuality and creativity
• The social networking classroom

Check out the details (and consider presenting a workshop as well!)

Finally, here are a few things I have been working on and looking at over the last couple of weeks. I thought they may well useful as you start to think about how you might integrate ICT into your planning for 2011

Handy Handouts

I have put together a series of handy one page handouts suitable for teachers or students, including:

  • Introduction to Facebook Groups
  • Introduction to Google Sites
  • Introduction to Google Forms
  • Introduction to Google Docs
Moodle 2.0

Many of you will have heard that Moodle 2.0 is coming. It was officially launched on 24th November. If you are intereted in finding out more about how Moodle 2.0 differs from the present version, you can check out the release notes here:

You can find out more about Moodle on Software for Learning

PD opportunity for teachers - a free online seminar for Google Apps for Education

With senior classes gone and the term winding up, you might like to take up this opportunity for some free PD!

Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level.
Skill level: Intermediate
Lead by Michael Wacker, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher

We will explore 5 "killer" features to be used in a K-12 setting in 5 Google tools. Take your Google
astuteness to the next level. Join us to learn tips and tricks on Search, Documents, Forms/Spreadsheets, Sites, and Calendar.

or you could simply check out a Google apps demo here.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Secondary English Teacher Blogs

It was great to hear about some of the ways that English teachers and departments are thinking about and are integrating ICT into their class and department practices.

After the Introduction to e-learning workshops at the SAATE (South Auckland Association of Teachers of English) PD day held on Friday, Chris from Aorere College shared their Dept website with me. Still developing content but you can see what they are doing here Aorere English Department.

Manurewa English teachers are experimenting with the new 'group' content of Facebook. After finding that the students were not that keen to use the school 'intranet' group pages were set up for some English classes. Students familiar with and already using Facebook were ready and willing to discuss there class texts there. Teachers also found that the their personal profiles were no longer of interest to the students!

What else is being done in Secondary English teachers out there.....

Monday, 8 November 2010

ICTs in English Weekly Update - Digistore, Software for Learning and Mix and Mash Month!

Last week Fiona Grant sent out some updates:

Wiki Updates
Digistore wiki: Teaching and learning with primary sources (original documents and digital objects) Practical support material for teaching and learning with primary sources. Includes archived materials from NZ and international museums and libraries. Includes some very handy teacher guides and analysis tools that can be downloaded and repurposed.

Software for Learning wiki: Focusing Inquiry
In this snapshot of learning see how a 'smart tool' can support teachers to learn about their students' learning. The snapshot includes easy to follow instructions that can be downloaded to accompany short screencasts demonstrating each step.

Mix and Mash Month
A chance to show the world what you can do with New Zealand digital content and data. Entries close Tuesday 30 November 2010

Categories include:

Best redesign of a teaching resource

Awarded to the best new teaching resource created by remixing existing educational materials for use in the NZ curriculum.

Best poem inspired by the New Zealand Poet Laureate Awarded to the most inspiring poem remixed from words and images chosen by NZ Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen.

I would still love to hear from you about anything you have trialled in 2010 or are planning for 2011!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Creative Commons, Cloud Computing, Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis and more...

Nothing to report from last week, but I would like to highlight some great free ICT PD opportunities again!

K12 online conference – a free online conference taking place now!
K12 Online invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2010 conference theme is "Cultivating the Future." This year’s conference began with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11, 2010. The following two weeks, October 18 and October 25, forty presentations will be posted online for participants to view, download, and discuss.

Here are a few more of the presentations that look particularly interesting for secondary (English) teachers.

Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know - discover how learners of all ages are gaining access to millions of free images, audio files, video elements, and written materials allowing the creation of unique multimedia products.

C^4: Leveraging The Power Of Blogs And Wikis In Student Learning – a great example of how a combination of wikis and blogs can be used in and beyond the secondary classroom (I also like that it is the students teaching us as presenters in this one!)

Don’t Fear the Cloud, Embrace and Leverage It! – a great introduction to the concept of ‘cloud computing’ and why we don’t need to fear Google Docs

The Classroom Social Network – It’s More than Fun, It’s Fundamental to Modern Learning! – great ideas for using social networking to support teaching and learning. Focuses on Weebly, Facebook and Twitter.

All of these presentations will be available indefinitely, make sure you check out the whole conference schedule!

I would love to hear from you about your reflections about how you used ICT in English in 2010 and/or your plans for 2011 – are you using a class wiki? A Google site? Setting up students with blogs? A Facebook group? Sharing on Google Docs? Using Wikieducator? Blogging about your teaching? Using Weebly or Ning? Trialling Prezi as a presentation tool? Creating Learning Paths on Digistore? Share your e-learning stories (or plans) here!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

K12 Online, Allanah King, Teaching and E-learning, Twitter and more...

Nothing to report from last week, but I would like to highlight some great free ICT PD opportunities!

K12 online conference – a free online conference taking place now!
K12 Online invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2010 conference theme is "Cultivating the Future." This year’s conference began with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11, 2010. The following two weeks, October 18 and October 25, forty presentations will be posted online for participants to view, download, and discuss.

Check out the link here to see the schedule for upcoming presentations and for links to presentations that have already taken place.

Of particular note, is the presentation by NZ’s own Allanah King which looks at ‘A Week in the Classroom 2010’. Check out the presentation above, or the full presentation and supporting info here.

Other interesting topics include: ‘Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know’ and ‘The Classroom Social Network’ – lots to check out!

If you prefer your PD to be more bite-sized, you are welcome to check out the Teaching and e-learning blog. This blog is designed to provide ICT PD support for all teachers, offering weekly updates and online tutorials. You feedback and ideas are welcome!

Twitter update
Also, Fiona Grant has been working at establishing a #tag for identifying posts relating to ICTs in English, simply add #ictinenglish to any posts relating to the use of ICT in the English clasroom, that way related posts can be easily searched! These posts will also be displayed on our ICTs in English blog

If you check out the K12 online conference, make sure you share you feedback and recommendations here!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Room 23 Waimataitai School

"We are a group of 5 year old children who love learning. Our teachers are Mrs Donaldson and Mrs Charteris. Visit our blog here..."

Room 23 Waimataitai School

PLNs, Twitter, e-learning resources and more.....

One of the benefits of moving from the classroom last year into School Support Services is that I have had the time to 'look' around and discover some of the FAB resources, ideas and links that I have been following on my own Twitter PLN. The down side is that while I can share them all with teachers that I work with, I need to be back in a classroom in order to be able to use them with students myself !!!

Thought I'd take this opportunity to share some of the tools/activities/resources that I have bookmarked to use with an English class (when I get back into one!!!!).

A great resource for poetry techniques is Patterns of Poetry .

Shakespeare plays in a Wordle .

A couple of great links for writing around comic books and superheroes are Real life superheroes and Superhero Squad .

Fun writing starters at Shortest Book Titles , UK TwitterLit , 100 best first lines and Weird things banned at school

Pairing poetry with photos at Poetry Pairing .

A fun way to differentiate tasks The Differentiator

Fun with language learning at 11 longest words ... and with photos of famous people (US Presidents) !!

Discussion around books at Banned Books

Some interesting conversations around literature Complicated relationships and Book Covers

Great editing/adapting of films 40 film speeches in 2 minutes and Film tattoos

For those of you thinking that I'm not going for any 'high brow educational theory' here's a study and thesis site for Plath and movies for Gifted Students.

The thing is of course, that by the time I have finished this there will have been approximately 60+ tweets from the 60+ (I can't keep up with too many more) tweeters that I follow on twitter :o The joy of time and a mobile internet connection!

Alison Cleary
@The Invisible Teacher

Monday, 18 October 2010

ICTs in English Weekly Update - Term 4 Week 1

Last Week on ICTs in English

There was a continuation of the discussion around the topic of ‘Using Twitter as a PLN’

There were several great recommendations:

From Simon Evans:

Software for Learning There is a full write up about twitter and some useful links on the Software for Learning website for teachers starting out.

From Tamara Yuill Proctor:

I have found Twitter a useful way to gather information/resources over the past couple of months. I did a collaborative paper where one of the tools I looked at was Twitter - a small section of this is posted on my blog if anyone wants to have a look.

From Fiona Grant:

A Twitteraholic's Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

by Sue Waters

And Allanah King:

This wiki of Twitter types may help you.

Other contributors also offered up their “Who I follow” lists for inspiration

Kelly Faulkner - @kiwispouse

Karen Melhuish - @virtuallykaren

And for those who can’t bring themselves to peruse twitter itself, I really like this software that allows you to read Twitter links of the people you follow as if it were a newspaper!

Here is my paper paper.li

You can even view twitter entries about a specific topic (posts identified with a specific keyword – referred to as a hash tag on Twitter). Here is one for #edtech

By using this, you could even follow topics from Twitter without even joining Twitter – but what fun would that be!?

This week I would love to hear from you about how you are integrating or combining software and websites for your students – do you combine Moodle and Google Docs, or wikis and blogs? What else?

Thursday, 14 October 2010

ICTs in English Weekly Update, Term 3 Week 10 (and Ulearn!)

During the holidays I was lucky enough to attend the Ulearn conference (where I even got to meet a few of you face to face!). Thanks to the Core team for yet another great Ulearn! Common themes dealt with at the conference were around how quickly the world is changing and how students are changing also - the term Digital Natives was mentioned often. When it came to workshops I attended several that dealt with Google Apps. I was particularly interested in the development of Google sites, particularly when these are intergrated with other Google apps such as embedded forms and calendars.

As any good conference does, I came away with many questions.

How are we meeting the challenge of faced paced change and meeting the needs of increasingly diverse learners (I refuse to believe they are indeed all digital natives). Also, how are we starting to integrate all of the great software out there? Are you embedding apps into your wikis? Embedding forms or calendars or videos into moodle?? It feels like it is no longer about one software, but more about the effective integration of a whole range of tools and strategies to meet specific teaching and learning needs. Your thoughts (and own questions) are invited!

The last week of last term was a quiet week on the ICTs in English forum.

The following is the post I sent out during that week (any other recommendations about who to follow is also invited!).

One idea that seems to be going down well is the idea of using Twitter as a PLN (Personal Learning Network). All this really means is that you create a Twitter account for yourself and simply "follow" people or companies that can keep you updated and deliver you relevant links and readings to your home page.

You don't even have to "tweet" yourself if you don't want to. I have only recently got back into Twitter, and have found that it is really effective as a kind of personal professional development tool that can be completely tailored to my own needs and interests. Below are some of the people and places I have been following:

Considering Twitter as a PLN!

Who you could follow on Twitter:

MinEducationNZ Ministry of Education NZ
Edscapes PPTA Professional
edconnectnz Edconnect
tedtalks TEDTalks Updates
TKINewZealand Te Kete Ipurangi
educationweek Education Week
TeachersTV Teachers TV
netsafeNZ NetSafe NZ
SirKenRobinson Sir Ken Robinson Los Angeles
eschoolnews eSchool News
DigistoreNZ Digistore
Interfacemag Interface Magazine Auckland, New Zealand
shiftingthinkng Shifting Thinking
CoreEducation Core Education
nzcurriculum NZC

Another good technique is to have looksy at who like-minded educators are following, and poach from their list! You could check out:

ClaireAmosNZ That's me!
virtuallykaren Karen Melhuish
fionagrant Fiona Grant

Let me know who you recommend from the Twittersphere (including yourself!) and how you use it.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 9, Term 3 2010

Google for Teachers -

Last week on ICTs in English:

Catherine Lee shared her e-learning story:
I've had success with a project using video inspired by Rattle ya dags.

The task was for my Y9 English students to create a short presentation (30 seconds or so) that would be inspirational for other teenagers -- either 'life lessons' or what they would tell students entering our school as new Y9s. We used wallwisher to create the success criteria, & I put a selection (mostly ones with young women in them) of the videos on Moodle. We looked at several of them together as a class too. A few technical hiccups, but fun, & some lovely videos.

Karen Melhuish shared an idea for using Google forms:
I've started using these instead of tools like Surveymonkey. They are easy to create and allow you to tailor a whole range of question types to find out what your students know/think. You can then share them, embed them in a class blog, or send to students/parents via email (and you can choose from a range of exciting themes and colours!;-))

The results are automatically collated in a spreadsheet - and you can share that too, to help groups plan next steps together. So, for example, you could use this to:
  • gather understanding to inform your planning prior to the start of a unit
  • check understanding/mood/engagement throughout a course to help you adjust your teaching as you go
  • ask for students' feedback on what you're all doing during a unit of work
  • ask students to self-assess against various questions
Suzie Vesper shared her passion for Google Tools:
I am a huge Google fan. I've started to amass resources for Google Tools on my wiki (not all completed yet but a lot there).

Tom Barrett has to be the best blogger out there that talks about using Google Tools. He has many examples of how to use Google Forms including how to collect reading responses from students. He had an example of using Google Earth to create an interactive story map where there are recordings of children embedded in the map speaking as if the main character moving around the location. He shows how he has used Google Docs for collaborative writing and a WHOLE lot more.

He is also the instigator of the collaborative series of presentations full of 'Interesting ways' to improve teaching and learning and a few of these focus on Google Tools. He actively seeks new ideas for these if you have something to add.

I know that Rachel Boyd set up a collaborative writing project between her junior Nelson class and a class in Auckland. The kids jumped onto a Google Doc at the same time each morning as their partners in the other school and then collaboratively wrote a story with them. You can read about it on her blog.

For an online ESOL school project I am working on, we have been creating activities for the students to use with the new Google Drawing tool option (part of Google Docs). You can see an example of a labeling activity I put together here.

Thank you for your contributions this term - hopefully I will get to meet some of you face to face at Ulearn, in the mean time here is some reading for your holidays!

I have also been investigating the potential for Google apps, here are a few handy links if you would like to learn more!
Google Apps for e-portfolios
100 ways Google can make you a better educator
Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tools Tutorials

Monday, 13 September 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 8, Term 3 2010

Last week on ICTs in English:

Jill Hammonds launched a Earthquake-Shakeup wiki

This is designed to be a truly interactive collaborative teaching and learning opportunity!

From the wiki creator Jill Hammonds: "Over the next weeks we hope this will be a place where schools, students, experts and other interested people from around the world will come and share their ideas and experiences around earthquakes. This is a collaborative project opportunity, and the collaboration extends out to helping me design the inquiry and the wiki site. Please click on Edit on any of the pages and contribute your thoughts and ideas. "

This is a great opportunity to participate in an exciting and and important project. It is entirely open and public which means anyone can edit the site - so feel free to add your ideas or use it with your students.

Karen Melhuish drew our attention to the ‘Computers in New Zealand Schools’ discussion series:

Over the next few weeks Computers in New Zealand schools is holding a series of online discussions with authors who contributed to the April July 2010 issue of the journal. The first of a series CINZS open discussions with authors is about to kick off with Marilyn Small. For those of you who have not yet caught up with Marilyn’s article she was an e-fellow in 2009 investigating the impact of an authentic audience on student engagement and motivation in literacy. The context was Manaia School’s involvement in Pukeko Echo, a children’s television show run by Channel North.

To be involved go to:

Integrating movie making into classroom programmes and inquiry learning - Marilyn Small, click here.

The current discussions are accessible from the contents page for each issue. You need to log in if you are to contribute to the discussions.

Deidre Senior, Keryn Pratt, Sue Bedford and Andrea Robertson will all be available for discussions over the coming weeks.

Over the next week I thought we might look at Google apps and docs.

If you are interested in finding out more about how Google can be used to support the teaching and learning of your students, you might like to check these links:
Google educator
Free tech for teachers - google tutorials

Or if you are already using them with your students, it would be great to hear from you!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 7, Term 3 2010

Last week on ICTs in English:

Barbara Reid shared their ICT PD cluster wiki:
In our clusters, we are encouraging teachers and students to create tutorials for others. The wiki has a mixture of tutorials off the net, as well as ones created by cluster members. .

Alison Cleary also shared another great resource "produced by teachers for teachers":
- 'At Learn it in 5, you'll learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies
for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom - all
in 5 minutes or less' - produced by teachers for teachers.

This week I would like to highlight the ICT strategies page on English Online.

And in particular the e-learning as Inquiry page on TKI

Considering that as part of NZC implementation we are all expected to teach using an evidence based inquiry cycle (see below), a resource like this one is very helpful!

"All schools need to do a couple of things - they need to design and implement a school curriculum and they need to teach using an evidence based inquiry cycle that informs what they do and monitors the impact of those decisions." - Chris Arcus (NZC Curriculum Manager) - Edgazette August 2009

Sign up for the ICTs in English listserve here.

Monday, 30 August 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 6, Term 3 2010

Last week on ICTs in English:

I shared an "unintentional English Resource" in the form of The Sartorialist blog


and in turn Craig Martin shared another favourite - Open Culture

and Barbara Reid drew our attention to a great blog and a blogging challenge:

Chris Betcher has written an informative article on Resigning Learning Tasks where he talks about using blogging for writing and encouraging students to write.

If teachers are interested in using blogging as a platform for writing, there is blogging challenge just about to start. One for students here, and one for class blogs here.

The blogging challenge has many suggestions for writing and encourages participants to visit other blogs and leave comments and so helps to gain an audience.
This week I thought we might focus on some handy tutorials available online:

Above is a link to a Glogster tutorial which was highlighted on the 'Free Technology for Teachers' Blog.

Software for Learning is another great source of support:

What online tutorials have you been viewing lately??

Sign up for the ICTs in English listserve here.

Monday, 23 August 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 5, Term 3 2010

Last week on ICTs in English: (It was a relatively quiet week last week)

Phil Coogan updated us on the new look English Online

This re-design and re-structure represents the third stage of the re-development of these communities.
  • Stage 1 involved provision of the mailing lists, at least one of which you belong to and which have been a real success with membership now approaching 3500.
  • Stage 2 involved provision of teacher resource exchanges which the community is now beginning to make greater use and for which we are seeking ongoing enhancements
  • Stage 3 involves the re-design and re- structure. Now that we have what we hope is an intuitive high level structure in place, our team will be working to rationalise sub sections and reduce repetition, making it easier for you to browse materials in intuitive categories.
  • Stage 4 will involve:
  • development of a secondary literacy section on Literacy Online
  • establishment of a literacy leadership section on Literacy Online
  • updating of the NCEA units and years 1-10 units migrated from the “old” English Online
  • provision of at least one student project.
  • http://englishonline.tki.org.nz/
Nancy Groh from Netsafe directed us to some of their cyberbullying resources

Teachers might also want to add the following NetSafe links to their classroom and PD resources.
Lower Primary:
Hector’s World interactive animated episode Cyberbullying -You’re Not Alone’
The episode is accompanied by lesson plans, activities and a music video
- all available online at Hector's World.

Upper Primary:
At a Distance’: A NZ short film created by NetSafe focusing on cyberbullying, mainly for years 5 & 6, The DVD has support material with lesson ideas and classroom discussion points.

Lets Fight it Together’: This short video comes with a teacher notes, classroom activities and lesson plans.

Schools can order a free copy of the DVDs ‘At a Distance’ or ‘Lets Fight it Together’ using the online order form.
This portal has more advice for students, teachers and parents.

And Ewan MacIntosh completed his NZ tour!
Check out one of Ewan’s presentations on Edtalks:

Monday, 16 August 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 3, Term 3 2010

Last week on ICTs in English:

The week before Paula made a request for an online environment suitable for listing resources.
Suggestions included:
Wikispaces Pbworks

Karen Melhuish alerted us to the opportunity to participate in a Book Publication Project

We're so excited to be publishing a book with Pearson Publishing teaching how to connect
classrooms on a global basis and we want your stories!
Please share your story of collaboration by emailing it to
story@flatclassroombook.com! If your story is selected, we will email
you with a permission form and confirmation of the text selected for
the book (if it has been edited!)
Has global collaboration changed your view of the world? Improved some area of your life?
Established friendships that you still maintain?
Was it a positive experience? Negative? What lesson did you learn from the project?
Please share -- we want to know!
Thank you everyone!
Julie Lindsay, China
Vicki Davis, USA
Visit grownupdigital

Fiona Grant told us about her blog post on EduCampNZ
A short post about the recent EduCampNZ held in Auckland on Saturday 25th July - includes links and resources from participants plus our EduCampNZ video submitted to YouTube for the 'Life in A Day Project'. Also if you are keen to hold a similar event in your area we have created a generic wiki open for everyone to use.

And Deidre drew our attention to CINZ online!
April/July 2010 issue of CINZS is now 'live'.

This week it would be great to focus on how you might using (or thinking of using) ICTs to support the teaching of close reading or creation of visual text.

Below is a strategy I have been working on, which is using Digistore Learning Paths to support students to do a "close viewing" of a "visual text".

Using a learning path to support the teaching and learning for close reading of a visual text
This learning path is designed to be used to prepare students for the new Level One NCEA English Achievement Standard 1.11 Show understanding of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, using supporting evidence. This learning path was created by using the "B" task that is available on TKI. For each new Achievement Standard and "A" task and a "B" has been created. The "A" task has been designed to be used as is, where as the "B" task is designed to be adapted to suit a teacher's own task.

Check out the tasks available here.
and then look at the learning path here.

Or check out Digistore here.

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 4, Term 3 2010

Last week on the ICTs in English Forum:

Core’s Top 10 Trends for 2010
The following themes have been identified by CORE as trends in education that we imagine will impact on the work of teachers and leaders in early childhood centres, schools, and tertiary institutions in NZ in the coming year. While our focus is on the bigger picture of education, there is a focus on trends associated with the use of ICTs in education, reflecting the fact that we are living in a world where nearly everything we do has a digital dimension.

Fiona Grant updated us about Digistore:
Thanks to Claire for developing and sharing her latest Learning Path - Using a learning path to support the teaching and learning for close reading of a visual text ( A Secondary English example)

You are invited to share your Learning Paths through the Digistore wiki. Support information and further examples of Learning Paths can also be viewed on the wiki

Please contact either Rocky or Fiona
National Digital Content and Software Coordinators
Fiona Grant, Team Solutions, University of Auckland, f.grant@auckland.ac.nz, tel 09 623 8880
Rochelle Jensen, School Support Services, University of Waikato, rjensen@waikato.ac.nz, tel 07 577 5314

And Karen Melhuish shared some great ideas for teaching close reading or creation of visual text:
I like the way you can capture single images/shots (e.g. using a screen capture tool like Jing from a visual text online and drop them into Voicethread. Then students can work together to contribute thoughts on the effect of the shot. In groups, students could each take a role to frame their contribution to the voicethread e.g. one student explains the context, one identifies the technique, another explains how it works, and so on. This is a nice way to provide multiple readings of text at the higher levels, too.

And, for creating visual text, capturing different types of shots (interpreting a written text) on mobile phones, then repeating the voicethread approach works well to make the link between making and creating meaning.

Other news

ICTs in English NZ blog
I will be posting all of the ICTs in English weekly updates (Including all past updates from 2010) on the ICTs in English NZ blog.
Feel free to join the conversation!

New look English Online
Make sure you check out the new look English Online!

ICTs in English Workshop wiki
Also, if you want to check out what went down at the ICTs in English Workshop at Kohia Teachers Centre that took place today, feel free to check out our wiki (feel free to join in with our Google doc, Answergarden or Wallwisher discussions).

Saturday, 27 February 2010

"I don’t think English is being dumbed down..."

“I don’t think English is being dumbed down, it’s evolving and changing to suit people today, ultimately it’s about communicating ideas, it’s quite cool I can text a friend and I can read some Shakespeare and exactly the same sorts of ideas can be communicated in an entirely different way but ultimately they can all be effective if they are done well” ( Maria English, Student).

This statement from student Maria English caught my attention when she was interviewed a few weeks ago on TV3 ( see full interview ). In conjunction with some other current conversations in education, I have been wondering about what it means to be literate in 2010 in the context of teaching and learning?

• What are our beliefs about the impact of emerging communication technologies?
• Do our actions acknowledge changing perceptions of literacy? How are these reflected in our practice?
• What are we doing that demonstrates pedagogy in a participatory culture?
• If we want our students to be able to read, write and do maths in order to access the New Zealand Curriculum, how are we acknowledging the value of the a fore mentioned? (NZC, p.36, 2007)

What would be our expectations of a literate student (at any level) if, as teachers, we recognise and acknowledge the impact of information and communication technologies? How might this influence the way you teach?

"What is important (and therefore worth spending time on), given where my students are at?" ( NZC, 2007).

Do we need to be asking the question, what does it mean to be multiliterate in 2010?

Just saw this video on a post from Rachel Boyd , "State of the Internet", difficult to ignore the implications!

Also see a related post on this blog by Rochelle Jensen Breathing E-Learning Into The Draft Literacy Progressions.

"Just as reading was made necessary by the printing press and arithmetic by the introduction of money so computer technologies are changing the very ways we think and make sense of the world" (Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, Collins and Richard, 2009).

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

ICT in English List Serv is back!

The ICT in English list serv, that gave rise to this blog back in June 2007, is back!

The community will be facilitated by Phil Coogan and you are invited to "introduce yourself, share what you are doing – or would like to be doing – with ICTs approaches to e-learning in your English/literacy programmes". I recommend that at the very minimum you subscribe to the list...lurking in these communities
is good! There are also lots of opportunities to contribute through the list and the blog when you are feeling inspired, need answers or want to make connections.

To join the list

1. Visit: http://englishonline.tki.org.nz/English-Online/Interact
2. Select which of the above 6 communities you wish to subscribe to (you can subscribe to as many as you like)
3. Enter your name and email address in the box
4. Press “Subscribe”
5.Check your email inbox for a welcome email
6. Start sharing ideas, requesting help and resources and establishing professional relationships with your English/ESOL/Literacy colleagues

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