Thursday, November 21, 2013

Literacy Online Update - 30 October 2013

Kia ora tātou,
How fabulous to see the richness of conversation around collaborative writing.  Check out the thread here and please add your voice to the conversation.
You can also follow and add to the very rich discussion around e-asTTle writing here.
It really is invaluable to have the breadth and depth of educative thought freely shared on here for everyone to benefit from. What burning literacy questions do you have for the forum?  We would love to hear from you!
Here are some wonderful resources to support your programme for Tokelau Language week!
Have you caught up on the latest School Journal Teacher Support Materials?  Or the latest audio files for Junior Journal 47?
You are probably aware of this site, the Balanced Literacy Diet, but I have decided to a highlight a couple of recipes each week to show you the depth of snapshots in here and to encourage further exploration and discussion.  Today I am sharing Promoting the Enjoyment of Writing and Writing Wizards Portfolio Wall.
How could you use these ideas to support your learners?
I am linking the Curriculum Update from July 2012 - Literacy across the Curriculum.  I think these updates are well worth reviewing, discussing and reflecting on as a team or a staff.  What does literacy across the curriculum actually mean? And what is Critical literacy?
Critical literacy
Understanding the languages, texts, and literacy practices of each learning area is related to understanding how knowledge is constructed and used in each learning area. There is a clear link between subject- specific literacy and critical literacy. Critical literacy involves learners and information users in:
·       questioning how knowledge is constructed and used
·       investigating whether the writer has the authority to speak for a group or position or to tell particular stories
·       considering how power relationships are established and whether a text includes or excludes particular readers or perspectives
·       examining the ways in which texts can position a reader.
Following on from last week’s Small Byte series I add sharing Small Byte #4 – Padlet. “Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher) is a unique web-based “paper” platform for creating collage-style shareable multimedia projects.”
And Small Byte #3 – Prezi.   “Prezi is an online tool for creating stunning and dynamic visual presentations. It’s one of the top online tools available for organizing, brainstorming, and sharing ideas online.”
I am including links to a selection of video clips to support your literacy journey:
David Perrin, CEO of the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, provides a background to the Foundation and outlines some of the programme elements, and successes. The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation aims to transform the lives of Indigenous children by focusing on literacy and numeracy education.
Can we replicate some of the successes shared in this clip?
Jo Fothergill, a 2011 CORE Education eFellow, researched how ICT could help her students find their voice and explored what 'writing' actually is. She challenges us to consider 'If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."
Are we doing everything in our power to help our students find their voice?
Have a great week.
Ngā mihi nui

Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education

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