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.

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