Teaching Literacy



       Veronica Freeman
  ED5670: Literacy & Technology
What is Literacy...
Traditionally:
   the ability to read, write, spell,
   listen, and speak
   existed autonomously




...
Website
 of the
  Day
PicLits
What is it?

PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful
images with carefully selected keywords...
How do you use it?

  Sign up, it's free
  Select a picture from their extensive gallery
  Drop-n-Drag or Freestyle, it's ...
What is its use in the classroom?

   Encourage student self-expression
   Poetry
      metaphors/similies
      rhyming
 ...
SWOT Analysis Strengths
    Free
    Easy to use
    Ability to use given words and modify them or freestyle
    Encourage...
Samples
Resources

 PicLits
 My Fox Houston
 UNESCO: The Global Literacy Challenge
 Teach Web 2.0
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  1. 1. Teaching Literacy Veronica Freeman ED5670: Literacy & Technology
  2. 2. What is Literacy... Traditionally: the ability to read, write, spell, listen, and speak existed autonomously For the 21st Century Learner: "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials" (UNESCO)
  3. 3. Website of the Day
  4. 4. PicLits What is it? PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
  5. 5. How do you use it? Sign up, it's free Select a picture from their extensive gallery Drop-n-Drag or Freestyle, it's your choice Drop-n-Drag: select from their list of words Freestyle: write what you like Save Share: email, blog, Facebook, MySpace, etc. copy a link or embed code
  6. 6. What is its use in the classroom? Encourage student self-expression Poetry metaphors/similies rhyming imagery irony allusion Start a story PicLits even offers suggestions for lesson plans... From the homepage, click on the top tab where it says "Learn It". The lesson plan suggestions are found under "Master It".
  7. 7. SWOT Analysis Strengths Free Easy to use Ability to use given words and modify them or freestyle Encourages self-expression and creativity Weakness Must have an account, which requires an email address, to save, share, or email PicLit Must use stock pictures; cannot upload your own No search functions on photos No ability to change text font, color, or size Opportunities Great activity to use a class with an interactive whiteboard Resource plans on adding a "Print-It" feature, which be very beneficial if it can be used without an account * Resource plans to adds themes to the photos * Threats Unmoderated gallery Unmoderated comments Courtesy of Teach Web 2.0
  8. 8. Samples
  9. 9. Resources PicLits My Fox Houston UNESCO: The Global Literacy Challenge Teach Web 2.0

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