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.
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! 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,, tel 09 623 8880
Rochelle Jensen, School Support Services, University of Waikato,, 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).