Friday, April 24, 2009

21st century Literacy Programme

Regular readers of this blog will recognise the theme of this workshop from the 'blurb' below.
As with the morning session, this presentation is scheduled to post when the workshop starts and is intended to be the handout for the links mentioned throughout....

Workshop Outline:
"Dorothy will introduce the literacy cycles teachers are developing in the Manaiakalani cluster which are designed to give students an engaging and exciting 21st century eLearning experience but ensure that the foundations of literacy achievement are strongly developed. This is an evidence-based approach that allows students to experience technologies such as podcasting, movie making, animation, voicethread, animoto, blogging etc but still measures their literacy progress with asTTle, PROBE, NCEA etc. This workshop will provide you with a range of examples to analyse and offer you the opportunity to develop an eLearning Literacy Cycle to use with your own students. Your students will love it!"

Here are some of the links used during this session:
Background to the concept of Literacy Cycles
The Cluster website
A page of links to the projects' student blogs
Schools involved
Year One projects here and here
Year Two project
Year Three project
Year Four project
Year Six projects here and here
Intermediate projects here and here
College projects
A short term project " A Matou Mihi"

Steps to designing a literacy cycle:
  1. Bullet point the generic process you usually go through with students in your literacy session (eg the writing process)
  2. Identify the digital 'Hook' that spins YOUR wheels, and you know your students will be delighted with
  3. Simplify the process for students to create their outcomes.
  4. Publish this in a Web 2 environment eg a Blog
Further thoughts:
The easy part for you should be the literacy - after all you have been teaching in this way for years haven't you?
The challenge for you or your students may be around the technology. The keep it simple policy works best when starting out.
Publishing online will require you setting up a blog (or some other space) if you don't already have this.
Establish routines for your literacy sessions eg include reading blog posts and writing comments in your group rotations/tumbles
Confirm school and class policies about use of the internet, publishing students online before you get started. It's better to know what you are working with from the outset.
Bring the parents onboard too!

Think about gathering evidence from the beginning. Gather some baseline data both from testing and a student survey.

Let me know what is working in your class!