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ICT for Literacy Development - What's New? What works?

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Presentation to Nottingham headteachers, 6 June 2011

Presentation to Nottingham headteachers, 6 June 2011

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  • 1. Nottingham Headteachers’ Conferences
    • University of Nottingham colin.harrison[at]nottingham.ac.uk
    Using ICT for literacy development- What's new? What works? Colin Harrison
  • 2. Nottingham headteachers’ conferences colin harrison colin harrison colin harrison
    • University of Nottingham colin.harrison[at]nottingham.ac.uk
    Using ICT for literacy development- What's new? What works? This presentation is downloadable online from http://www.slideshare.net
  • 3. Overview
    • Is texting killing reading?
    • Are computer games addling my pupils’ brains?
    • How can ICT help dyslexics/poorer readers?
    • How can I use online books to create a reading community?
    • Internet safety and the Pacific Tree Octopus
    • ICT and whole school change: networks- or networked teachers?
  • 4. Is texting killing reading?- NO!
    • The ratio of textisms to total words used was positively associated with word reading, vocabulary, and phonological awareness measures. Moreover, the children's textism use predicted word reading ability after controlling for individual differences in age, short-term memory, vocabulary, phonological awareness and how long they had owned a mobile phone. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1348/026151008X320507/full
    • ie The kids who texted most were the best readers, had the best vocabulary, and were the ones that were most aware of the need to switch linguistic register according to context.
  • 5. Are computer games addling my pupils’ brains? - NO!
    • James Gee found that playing computer games collaboratively developed 36 separate cognitive areas
    • These include problem solving in low-risk domains; integrating new learning across multiple modalities; transferring learning; developing new understandings of culture; forming and contributing to new ‘affinity groups’: http://mason.gmu.edu/~lsmithg/jamespaulgee2
    • It’s important that we understand Gee’s position, because ‘serious games’ are an increasingly important phenomenon in education
  • 6. How can ICT help dyslexic/weaker readers? 1
    • Text-to-speech programs such as
    • http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.htm   Natural-sounding text to speech software (expensive!)
  • 7. How can ICT help dyslexic/weaker readers? 2
    • Dyslexia screening and remediation programs such as those from Lucid http://www.lucid-research.com/sales/esales.htm?category_id=31&product_id=201
  • 8. How can ICT help dyslexic/weaker readers? 3
    • Get pupils involved in multimedia creativity :
    • A dictionary crossed with an octopus...  http://www.visuwords.com/
    • ... or with a spider...  http://www.lexipedia.com/
    • ... or a tortoise...  http://againbutslower.com/  
    • http://domo.goanimate.com/studio    Free online animation software
    • http://www.wordle.net/    Word clouds software
    • http://goanimate.com/watch/staffpicks/0/all     Or create an animation!
  • 9. How can ICT help dyslexic/weaker readers? 4
    • Help your pupils to be more collaborative and independent readers and writers with these tools:
    • http://www.wallwisher.com/  An online Post-It wall
    • http://colinharrison83.tumblr.com/   A blog on online learning
    • http://www.chrisfuller.typepad.com/  And another
  • 10. Creating a reading community - RealeWriter, RealeBooks
    • RealeBooks are created by parents, children or teachers
    • They can be printed for about 50 pence each, or published online
    • Many have been created as part of community projects
    • http://bie.realelibrary.com/index.php/library/
  • 11. Internet safety and the Pacific Tree Octopus- have students found 3 sites?
    • http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
  • 12. ICT and whole school change: networks- or networked teachers?
  • 13.
    • ICT and whole school change: how did School L do it?
    1 No teacher left behind 2 Multiple software tools
  • 14.
    • ICT and whole school change: networks- or networked teachers?
    Student podcast: http://allanah.podomatic.com/ Teacher podcast: 1 How to- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4nK0OO_KPM Teacher podcast: 2 Factors- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMU5wMDcJNg
  • 15. Only connect
    • Slideshare, blogs and wikis
  • 16. Click here for access to 61,000 resources... http://www.tes.co.uk/
  • 17. Find this, and many other valuable presentations on slideshare:
    • http://www.slideshare.net/category/technology (n=1554 on ‘teaching’)
  • 18. Nottingham headteachers’ conferences colin harrison colin harrison colin harrison
    • University of Nottingham colin.harrison[at]nottingham.ac.uk
    Using ICT for literacy development- What's new? What works?