Sometimes I am in awe of blog posts. Today I read Redefining the Writing Process on iPads by Beth Holland on the edutopia blog. So much about this post is pure GOLD!
My favourite quote in it is:
"Providing written feedback at the culmination of a writing project is like doing an autopsy -- it's deconstructing a dead document!" -- Samantha Morra (@sammorra)
As a learning writer, (many years ago now) my feedback from teachers was nothing more that a deconstruction of a dead document. One of my lecturers for one of my Master of Educational Leadership papers also performed an autopsy on my assignment. I remember the feelings of frustration that I had no conversation, interaction, or right to redress and learn from the deconstruction.
Throughout the year I have had the incredible privilege of working with writers who are collaborating, co-constructing, giving and receiving feedback and acting on it. All of this can happening in a timely fashion, modelling, scaffolding, challenging and provoking learners to success.
The use of technology, mobile technology, in this way truly has the power to be transformative.
Another absolute gem of a quote from this blog post is
"With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible."
There is just so much potential for enabling writing success on a device that simply isn't available with pen and paper. However, we must keep foremost in our mind, fundamentally robust teaching of the writing process.
I am so grateful for reading this post... I hope you read it through too!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Kia ora tātou,
Week seven, the last week of November, and it appears summer has gone into hiding. Just as we embrace the ever-changing seasons, so we embrace the ever-changing learning landscape. What is it that really stands out in your year? What moment is etched clearly in your memory? How do you share this and make sure there are more of these moments?
Thank you for the feedback on last week’s guest post by Justine Hughes. This will become a feature of newsletters occasionally and you will be able to revisit guest blog posts in the vln literacy online site.
What have you got planned for the last few weeks of learning? How about sharing Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often then encouraging your learners to make their own! Maybe even make one yourself!
Survey – please help us to help you!
One way you can help us to help you is by taking 5-10 minutes to complete our Literacy Online Survey. We really value your feedback; in fact we NEED it, to improve your experience with Literacy Online and the community forums.
New Science Online resources
Check out the Science online site for new resources to support science education. The five science capabilities each link out to resources. I am hyperlinking to the page for Gather and Interpret data, and each of the capabilities is resourced for you to explore. How might you explore these new resources? What specific science literacy do our learners need?
Video clips to inspire
As we approach the end of the year, I wonder how you could use these two video clips to inspire, motivate and create some oral language. How creative! What might your learners come up with?
If your learners get hooked there is plenty more to check out on Danny MacAskill’s own video collection site.
What do you know about Universal Design for learning?
I credit Universal Design for Learning with affecting one of the greatest shifts in my thinking this year. Universal Design for Learning is about creating learning options that cater for everyone at the beginning.
You could join the Universal Design for Learning Group in the vln or follow Chrissie Butler’s blog Passonable. A recent post, Maximising the effective use o technology in the UDL classroom, is a wonderful read. I want to make UDL a regular slot in my updates and would love to hear your stories please.
Blog posts to check out:
How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter – “technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel.”
Langwitches blog for a wonderfully rich language learning resource.
How Visual Thinking Improves Writing on the Mind/Shift How we will learn blog.
e-Learning Round-Up 27 November 2013 At this very busy time of the year this is a great summary of recent e-learning gems for you to check out!
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
- Start with basic words for younger students, e.g dog
- Fact or fiction;
- Brainstorm story ideas, key words;
- Vocabulary - building meaning;
- Kick starting writing;
- Speed Writing;
- Increase volume;
- Phrasing… deep and surface features;
- Write a simile using this word;
- Collate to create a calligram/shape poem;
- Synonyms, antonyms;
- Topic words;
- Word processing speed with purpose…
- Done regularly - should increase time to action!
- Break down fear of getting into writing...