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Breaking Barriers - Digital Approaches to Adult Literacy

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Talk delivered at Breaking Barriers Peer Learning Activity - 02/12/15

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Breaking Barriers - Digital Approaches to Adult Literacy

  1. 1. Using Digital Media Tools for Adult Literacy Vanessa Camilleri University of Malta
  2. 2. Source: http://tinyurl.com/p8ebz2r
  3. 3. Source: http://tinyurl.com/ocn9qta
  4. 4. Focus on … • Self-expression • Life skills • Problem posing • Collaboration amongst learners • Learning how to learn • Culture • Language awareness
  5. 5. Focus on … • Culture • Language awareness • Basic literacy • Skill enhancement • Biliteracy Source: http://tinyurl.com/h8ph9ts
  6. 6. Skills based vs. Social context • Literacy as an individual accomplishment, consisting of a set of skills that exist independently of the context (setting, situation) - phonics • Literacy as a need of humans to communicate and share meaning using a set of social practices influenced by individual goals, collective experiences, and societal values – communication
  7. 7. TECHNOLOGY TO THE LITERACY CURRICULUM? ..but how do we link
  8. 8. Sample: ‘Making Meaning: Oral Communication & Interactive Reading & Writing Theme: Local Tragic Events Instructional Aims • Connecting background knowledge with new information • Connecting learner experience to reading and writing • Building comprehension strategies (predicting from context) Activity • Students watch video clips / look at posters • Small group discussions (polls/votes?) • Student watch video clips (no sound) and predict language used
  9. 9. Sample: ‘Making Meaning: Oral Communication & Interactive Reading & Writing Theme: Local Tragic Events Instructional Aims • Developing effective reading strategies • Strengthening communication skills and interaction strategies • Linking everyday events with problem solving and literacy Activity • Students can look at pictures and build a story of tragic event • Students discuss verbal and non-verbal interaction using prepared video clips • Students role play (perhaps emergency & rescue) and fill in forms
  10. 10. Sample: ‘Making Meaning: Oral Communication & Interactive Reading & Writing Theme: Local Tragic Events Instructional Aims • Learner experience to develop graphic literacy • Linking problem solving and communication skills • Creating meaning through writing and role playing • Building background knowledge Activity • Students interview each other to find out who has similar experiences • Students watch critical video and decide how problem could be handled choosing options • Students create their own videos in class (extending role playing) • Guest speaker invited
  11. 11. Source: http://tinyurl.com/q6fuagu
  12. 12. Oral Communication – 15 mins Theme: Local tragic events (developing the learning story) Instructional aim: Connecting learner experience to reading and writing • What activity would lead to the aim? • What technology/digital medium would you use? • How will you measure whether the aim has been achieved?
  13. 13. Time to listen – 10 mins Source: http://tinyurl.com/j4t9jps
  14. 14. Oral Communication – 15 mins Theme: Local tragic events (following up on the learning story) What is the instructional aim? What activity would lead to the aim? What technology/digital medium would you use? How will you measure whether the aim has been achieved?
  15. 15. Time to listen – 10 mins Source: http://tinyurl.com/j4t9jps
  16. 16. Learning from each other is good… But try reaching out Source: http://tinyurl.com/pg57noy
  17. 17. Connect to Twitter – 15 mins • Sign up on Twitter.com • Go to search… #edchat • Go to search…#adultedu • Go to search…#lifelonglearning • Go to search…#eddigera • Go to: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/12 /40-educational-tweeters-every-teacher.html to follow some interesting educators.
  18. 18. Time to listen – 10 mins
  19. 19. …and present! Source: http://tinyurl.com/pgj738n
  20. 20. …but there is morehttp://tinyurl.com/pal93fu
  21. 21. Let’s look at other EU Projects/Resources Source: http://tinyurl.com/h5eys4x
  22. 22. Visit… • http://caldys2.eu • http://www.theteachertoolkit.com • http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/liter acy/21-literacy-resources-for-the-digital- teacher/ • https://adulted.musd.org/digitalresources
  23. 23. Revisit your previous thoughts. Reflect, tying in what you have now found to alternative ways in which your learners can achieve the aim.
  24. 24. Why should all this matter? Thank youhttp://tinyurl.com/p5w7nps

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