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  • New Literacies for Early Elementary: Web 2.0 Tools to Support Literacy Jeremy Brueck Web Services Manager e-Read Ohio at The University of Akron jbrueck@uakron.edu
  • Who We Are
    • e-Read Ohio is a division of the Reading First - Ohio Center.
    • The goal of e-Read Ohio is to create an online professional development system for teachers in grades Pre-K-12.
    • This initiative was originally funded by No Child Left Behind through Reading First when the Reading First-Ohio Center for Professional Development and Technical Assistance in Effective Reading Instruction was formed.
  • What We Do
    • Now expanded through funds from the Ohio Department of Education’s Literacy Educator Training: e-Learning ( LETe ) program, e-Read Ohio:
      • Provides effective and efficient high-quality online professional development in the area of literacy for Ohio’s teachers,
      • Selects and trains online instructors across the state, and
      • Builds Ohio’s learning objects repository for professional development.
  • Today we will…
    • Take a closer look at reading and writing in the digital age
    • Examine the implications of the read/write web
    • Talk about how to use Web 2.0 to cultivate socially constructed thinking and learning in your students
  • Challenges of 21 st Century Teaching
    • ‘ Information Age’ technologies have made available copious amounts of information to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
    • Strict age/grade level approaches to education are being questioned as the appropriate way to prepare students for the coming decades.
  • Classroom Teaching Environments
    • Education continues to mirror the industrial age ‘assembly line’ approach.
    • We’re trying to produce the most product (to standards) in the shortest time with the fewest defects.
    • Our instruction typically occurs in a room with teacher and students ‘same place - same time.’
    • Content (learning experience) is usually organized by topics and taught in time slots specified for that topic.
  • Looking at literacy
    • Traditional Literacies
      • Paper
      • Pencil
      • Book
    • New Literacies
      • Web logs (blogs)
      • video editors
      • World Wide Web browsers
      • Web & HTML editors
      • e-mail
      • Text messaging
      • Instant Messaging
      • spreadsheets
      • presentation software
      • bulletin boards
      • avatars
      • virtual worlds
  • What are New Literacies?
    • Using information and communication technologies to:
      • identify important questions
      • locate information
      • critically evaluate the usefulness of that information
      • synthesize information to answer those questions
      • communicate the answers to others
  • Why integrate New Literacies?
    • Young people will continue to socially engage in a variety of new literacies.
    • Educators need to make school literacy more engaging for students and more meaningful to their present and future lives in a digital world.
    • Educators MUST understand the shifts in practices and pedagogy that have taken place and consider how these shifts should inform our teaching of reading and writing.
  • Blogs
    • What is a Blog?
      • Blog is short for weblog.
      • A blog is a frequent and chronological publication of comments and thoughts on the web.
      • A blog is often updated daily and contains all information that the person maintaining the BLOG (Blogger) wishes to share with the world.
  • Blogging in the Classroom
    • TEACHERS
    • School-to-Home Communication
      • Announcements
      • Calendar
      • Newsletter
      • Classroom Happenings
    • STUDENTS
    • Reflections or journals
        • Example
    • Dialogue with peers
    • Communicate with teacher
    • Group work
  • Blogs are FREE!
    • Blogger
    • Live Journal
    • Diaryland
    • Pitas
  • Digital Storytelling
    • Podcasting
      • GarageBand
    • Digital Media Projects
      • iPhoto
      • iMovie
      • VoiceThread
    http://teachdigital.pbwiki.com/digitalstorytelling
  • www.voicethread.com
    • Web-based, interactive digital storytelling environment
    • FREE for educators
    • Safely publish student work on the Internet, as well as
    • PRIVATELY share student work with families, community or other classrooms
  • Isaac’s STEM Initiative http://voicethread.com/share/166775/
  • Wikis
    • What is a Wiki?
      • Wiki is a website that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content usually in a Web browser.
      • Wikis are free online writing spaces.
      • Wikis use simple formatting rules--Like word processing.
      • Authors do not always claim ownership.
      • Wikis are published online.
      • Wikis provide a history and anyone can revisit prior versions of text.
    • Why are Wikis useful?
      • This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.
  • Wikis in the classroom
    • A wiki “fan club” for you favorite author.
    • A virtual tour of your school as you study “our community.”
    • Collaborative book reviews or author studies.
    • A class “encyclopedia” on a special topic, such as animals or state history.
    • Create a Wikibook
  • Wiki as a New Literacy
    • http://necc2008presidents.wikispaces.com/
    • http://timelineofpresidents.wikispaces.com/
  • RESEARCHING
  • Old School  nu skool
    • Structure “e-tivity” like a “traditional” activity.
      • Have students complete a graphic organizer , draft, edit & revise before publishing work on wiki, blog, etc…
    • Teacher introduces content.
    • Teacher gives explicit directions.
      • Share expectations
      • Model
      • Foreshadow problems
    • Practice together.
  • Planning for Instruction
    • BEGIN and END with standards
      • Keyboarding OR Copy/Paste ?
        • What skills do your possess already?
        • What skills do your students need to learn?
        • What are your lesson objectives ?
          • Spelling
          • Writing Process
          • Handwriting
  • REPORTING
  • Choose appropriate resources
    • Why use wikis?
      • Structure based on hierarchical subject divisions through:
        • new page creation
        • internal and external hyperlinking
      • Allow basic page formatting functions
        • Text editing (HTML editors)
        • Insert images, tables & lists
        • Hyperlinking
        • Embedded media
    Schwartz, L., Clark, S., Cossarin, M., and Rudolph, J. (2004). Educational Wikis: features and selection criteria. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 5, No 1. Retrieved July 1, 2008 from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/163/244 .
  • Free wiki resources
    • wikispaces
      • http://www.wikispaces.com/
    • pbwiki
      • http://pbwiki.com/
    • seedwiki
      • http://seedwiki.com/
    • wetpaint
      • http://www.wetpaint.com/
  • Important Considerations
    • Private or Public
      • Should anyone be able to edit or just members?
      • How will you create accounts for all your students?
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  • Use Templates
    • BEST PRACTICE
      • Create templates to easily replicate common wiki pages your students will need.
        • Go to "Manage Space.”
        • Click on "Manage Templates.”
        • Name the new template. You can create your template from a blank page or an existing page on your space.
  • Create a Picture Library
    • BEST PRACTICE:
      • Upload files without adding them to a wiki page before students edit wiki.
        • Go to "Manage Space.”
        • Click on "List and Upload Files.”
        • Click "Upload Files" and then choose the file (or files) to upload from your desktop.
        • Click "Select" and the file will begin uploading.
  • Instructional Preparation
    • BEST PRACTICE:
      • Create your wiki pages and outline prior to class use.
        • Click "New Page" in the left sidebar.
        • Select the template to start from.
        • Create your new page. You can then edit your page based on the template or save it as is.
  • Limitations and Considerations
    • Editing
      • Simultaneous editing of one page in a lab setting presents challenges
      • Learning Center approach is more effective
    • History Tab
      • Is an excellent monitoring tool
      • In a public space, only IP addresses are shown
  • ANALYZING
  • Assessment
    • BEST PRACTICE:
      • Incorporating assessment into the wiki provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are happening.
        • Use the DISCUSSION tab to create assessment questions.
        • Copy the URL of each question and link to it from the wiki page.
  • Assessment
    • Survey Tools
      • SchoolWires
        • http://www.schoolwires.com
      • SurveyMonkey
        • http://www.surveymonkey.com
        • Free account allows 10 questions
      • Zoomerang
        • http://www.zoomerang.com
        • Basic service is free
        • Educational pricing allows you to export & analyze results
  • Questions/Comments
    • Jeremy Brueck
    • e-Read Ohio Web Services Manager
    • The University of Akron
    • [email_address]
    • www.raiseddigital.blogspot.com