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Harnessing the power of new technologies for literacy


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  • 1. Caroline Roche Lead Practitioner for the Humanities 2011 [email_address]
  • 2.
    • Twitter is an excellent tool for communicating with other professionals
    • You can get instant answers to your questions
    • All of the online tools I will show you were shared with me on Twitter
    • Best practice, blogs, information from DFE
    • I downloaded the White Paper within minutes of it going online thanks to tweets
  • 3. @carolineroche
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  • 5.
    • Wordle:
    • Tagxedo:
  • 6.
    • To analyse the content of a website
    • To analyse a speech
    • To analyse an essay, picking out the main themes
    • To use as shelf ends, showing Dewey
    • To use as a poster
  • 7.
    • Create a short free video, or get a free educational account for slightly longer ones
    • Promote author events, visits, books – whatever you choose
    • Animoto on school libraries
  • 8.
    • Click on Create, once on the website, and then choose Short video, which are the free ones
    Use this button to import pictures from your computer Put your pictures in these boxes, in the order in which you want them. You can only have 15 pictures and text. Use this tab to add music, your own or Animoto’s preselected range Use this tab to finalise your Animoto. Effects are added by Animoto, and can’t be changed
  • 9.
    • Use this for collecting videos and sharing them on your blog
    • Needs YouTube to be enabled
    • You can belong to a community so you are informed when others collect a video
    • Easy to embed on blogs – all instructions are on Vodpod
    • Use book trailers to enthuse students about upcoming books http://
  • 10.
    • Go to
    • Either sign in to create your own stories and save them, or you can create a story right away
    • Simple, easy and quick to use. Great for encouraging creative writing
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  • 11.
    • Here’s one I made earlier …
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    • This needs to be supervised, but use it to end a lesson where students have been creating their own superhero stories
    • Then ask them to create a character on Heromachine to illustrate their story
  • 12.
    • Drag and drop words on to photos to create poems
    • Sign in to free account if you want to save
    • Can be use for starters or plenaries on IWB
    • Can embed clickable preview, but whole thing must be viewed on website
  • 13.
    • Getting boys to read: /
    • Fun site with several authors: http :// /
    • Comics in the Classroom: /
    • Children’s literacy and comics research: http://
    • Poetry for children: http://
    • Library Advocacy: