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Self assessment matrix in 'childspeak'

Here are self assessment matrices for persuasive writing, shared on the literacy online mailing list.


Creative Writing with an interactive whiteboard

The following clip looks at 'advanced' use of a whiteboard. One use is to navigate round a scene in a virtual world (free on the web) and use the scene to inspire the children to write about what they see. They love exploring the virtual world. (IanS)
Teachers TV clip

Supporting writing through e-learning

Recommended by Fiona Grant who says: this wiki has wonderful examples of how Helen has supported writing through e-learning.
It highlights the importance of oral language to assist written language. (IanS)
helenrennie-younger wiki on writing

Teaching English Links

A great link regarding teaching English at all levels using pedagogies that combine Constructivism and ICTs is Tim Wilson's Blog (IanS)
Blog of resources and links


Blogs to encourage writing

On 'english online mailing list', Frances says: I teach a year 3 class and am creating a class blog. Our focus is description.
I'll load pictures of settings or characters. Children will logon & use what they are learning to describe the picture.
I can comment on their language used & they can comment on others work (learning how to appropriately feedback!)
This would also work for persuasive argument, I could put up a statement and then the children would give their opinions. etc. (IanS)


Handwriting - is ICT a distraction from what's important?!

I've created a separate page for this one as there's some useful and thought provoking resources. (IanS)
ICT vs Handwriting?!

Literacy Learning Progressions

Literacy Learning Progressions
The TKI site focuses first on the learning required, and then on how best to achieve this, which can be with ICT. The final version of the Literacy Learning Progressions was issued in hard copy to schools 25th Feb 2010 and I believe this document must be one of the starting points for introducing any ICT/e-learning. (Ian S)

Literacy Online

Primary Literacy Community
There's a really active Primary Literacy Community, facilitated by Chris Henderson. It has a wiki and also an email mailing list, so you can receive emails of postings to the wiki. I've been a member for a short while and have been impressed ewith the resources sghared, questions asked and solutions provided by teachers in this 'community of practice'. One such resource is the site www.ttms.org/ which has strategies for teachers, ideas and resources. Try it!
Teaching that makes sense
This Teaching Matters Website has a range of resources, incl a safe electronic magazine to 'publish' student work. Parents can access it if you choose. (IanS)

Comic-style publishing.

Phil Coogan, Facilitator of the English on line Community and Sue Tapp, from Australia, see great learning from comic-style work. Phil, via the 'ICT in English community', put me on to this Sue Tapp videoclip about the learning applications of ComicLife - watch it!
Sue Tapp on Comic Life
Phil Coogan, Facilitator: ICTs in English community,www.englishonline.tki.org.nz
You can very easily download 'Comiclife' for a free trial. It's so easy to use. These pictures are from the 1st Lead Teacher's day on 9th March.
The link is comic life , although I google searched 'comiclife free download'.
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Digital Story-Telling

There are quite a few software packages that enable your students to create stories (with pictures and voiceover if you choose). Here's on called Story Jumper Story Jumper website (IanS)

Text Organisers & text types/genres

Text organisers for 10 text types from narrative and description to discussion and poetry.
A teacher on the literacy online mailing list writes: I was just working with some students on Persuasive Writing using www.writingfun.com
It is great because it gives instructions, exemplars from level 1 - 6, and guidelines, highlights verb tense, descriptive words, etc.
Also, a visual way for students to understand 6 non-fiction writing types is in Sue Palmer's book. Go to Tim's blog & scroll down. (IanS)

Various ideas

(adapted from email by Tracy Olorenshaw, RT Literacy, Hamilton in Literacy on-line community mailing list):
“Motivating the reluctant writer” by Karen Anderson.
http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-New-Writing-Technology-21st-Century/dp/0807749648 has great ideas
Writing on computer with hyperlinks: often, everyday writing is non-linear and so I re-told fairy tales (other stories are appropriate, eg recount own story, narrative, informational text) with hyperlinks adding detail to the story. I also tried to incorporate image, written and spoken text, diagrams, etc....so that all forms of communication were evident. This has been hugely successful in sharing with students. An example is in a class of year 5/6 students two boys spent an hour one day on their hyperlinked story....boys that normally spend a few minutes on writing and only ever write 2-3 sentences. It was amazing to watch the concentration and the depth to which they added detail to their text....”I am changing this as I want the Dad to be different to the Mum and Baby....” so changed some text, editing without being told, which I know would not have happened with pen and paper only. Ending up with a very detailed and descriptive piece of writing, from two students who were considered ‘special needs’, but in the end probably produced the most descriptive piece of work from the whole class....all via hyperlinks , etc......as they read text in ‘real – out of school life’.
Youtube clips can be used to reinforce ideas that are discussed....see the NEMP task re; feeding frenzy re; seagulls. Although the clip used in NEMP can’t be accessed – any youtube clip that gives the same sort of thing will do. .....great motivation for writing....especially when real life experience is sort first, but maybe unavailable so giving ‘virtual’ experience. This is highly motivating for students.
Lesson plan 51 in Interface Magazine (May 2010, issue 23) motivates students to think of, and plan, ideas that can be translated into writing/creating/communicating.
Good Teacher magazine Term 2, 2010 has a great idea for writing to entertain...narratives, adapting ideas which can also be used with non-fiction investigations.