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New Literacies in Early Elementary


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New Literacies in Early Elementary

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