ICT and English

Creative ideas for using ICT in English - an annotated hotlist

Using Excel to analyse Literacy texts.

This would be a cool idea for a tutorial activity both face to face and online. It  would be even more powerful if students participated in two reflective activities - doing a SWOT analysis to analyse how people think it could work with school-age students and a discussion of variations and alternative ideas for using ICT for the same task.

Teaching Grammar using Web 2.0 tools

A YouTube video which uses TPack to explain how technology can support learners. Simple and neat and uses a few neat tools. Its handy as a stimulus for thinking outside the box and for sparking that creative idea to look for other tools or to think about tools you already know in new ways.

 Zip-tales and the Literacy Classroom: 

Ziptales is an online reading website developed in New Zealand for students who are in the early stages of independent reading. There are over 150 stories on the Ziptales website with more being added each year. These provide high quality, multimedia literacy materials which are very engaging for students. This website can be easily integrated into the class teaching and learning program.  Paper about their use on ACCE website

Web 2.0 tools

Interactive story boarding using Web 2.0 tools to analyse and construct  various text genres.

This is a good collection of practical ideas for helping students with varying abilities in one classroom develop analytic text skills and to use what they have learned to construct similar stories - examples using interactive cartoons site, collaborative story boards  and some language tools. Well worth a look to spark new ideas for your students.

 NATE Collection of ideas from UK National Association for English teachers, Excellent case studies and resources. Neat small enough collection to explore and build ideas for yourself. Very practical. 

Prezi - a great non-linear presentation tool. A free version. Looks very exciting as a good alternative to linear powerpoints. Really worth playing with.

Edmodo - a great web 2.0 secure place for teachers and students to work in real time online using a range of social networking like tools designed though, for education. Great teacher management side. Recommended in some of the national packages developed by The Learning Federation for this project.

Animoto - very easy to use site which enable you to combine photos and videos to soundtracks with transitions and then republish on the web in multiple places. You can also use your online collections  in social media sites as sources of images. Recommended in some of the national packages developed by The Learning Federation for this project.

Glogster - development of online multimedia posters with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawing and data attachments. There is an edu space. The examples developed by young people on this site are beautiful and haunting. Amazing creativity.  The educational community and resources on the site are excellent.  A Basic version for a single teacher and up to 50 students is free. The differences in packages available is clearly described on the site.

Wix - free flash website builder - looks very nice and easy to drag and drop media into a simple flash empowered site - try this one. Used by USQ art in Education staff.

Weebly - a pretty useful looking free web site tool with reasonably sophisticated features but an easy start off. All free and some great support and ideas available. Hosting as well.

Go Animate  - used in some USQ courses by staff and students to develop animations from text and to develop other animations. Quite easy and able to be used simply and in more sophisticated ways.

 Great hotlists for literacy tools and ideas

Early childhood hotlists in Literacy ( and maths and other areas) from Tania Hunt , Bellbridge Primary school NSW. Promoted on oz-teachers.

Kathy Schrock's Guides for Educators. Kathy Schrock, a strong ISTE advocate and champion for helping teachers use ICT in education, has been developing a web site over many years. Cross curricula and general resources are also worth trolling.

 List of web tools. This is a practical but comprehensive list of tools - all with short annotations. Skim  through and pick out a couple to investigate for your purposes. Check out the Top ten from this creative and sharing UK teacher.

Teacher challenge series with info about free web tools for educators, good short desccriptiosn and examples. Terrific resource for all subject areas.


Great references for creative ICT using teachers

1.  A great video about new ways to think about essential literacy skills; but applied to the multimedia aplications of communiccating. Excellent discussion about new grammars. MediaSmarts: Kids learn to navigate the multimedia world from the Edutopia site. It is dated in 2005, but so relevant.

2.  Mirtschin, Anne  (2010). Cool Tools for the Connected Classroom. Education services Australia.  A great Australian book with cool ideas from an Australian Author. It neatly captures the core ideas on free and commonly available web 2.0 tools to use in the National English Curriculum. Check out  the preview and table of contents.

 3.  Assessing Multimodal Texts.  Author Id not available.  Neat assignment part which raises the key idea that assessing a multimodal text needs to look beyond assessing the media to assess the usual meaningful qualities of multimodal communication. Neat short forum post which prokes some deep thinking about assessing mulitimodal texts in English.  Reading this students whole blog response to an assignment reflecting on the impact of new media on multiliteries and multimodal text is very worthwhile.  So have a browse around while thinking about assessing multimodal texts.  Perhaps the definitions of multimodal texts need to account for the new media and social networking sites and services.USQ students, we hope your assignment comments replace this next year.

4.  Jewitt, Carey (2007). Multimodality and Literacy in school classrooms. Institute of Education, University of London.  Viewed at http://rre.sagepub.com/content/32/1/241.full.

Significant quote from the article which exemplfies its important message for this project: that communications technologies and new interactive media are so pervasive and culturally important to young people that definitions of literacy are changing for young people and yet schools and educators understanding of literacy is not as fluid and dynamic. 

"Multiple literacies challenges the current organization of traditional schooling. It gives rise to questions of the relevance of dominant models of literacy as it is currently taught in the majority of schools around the world in relation to the communicative and technological requirements of contemporary, digitalized society. Generally speaking, school literacy is criticized where it continues to focus on restrictive print- and language-based notions of literacy (Gee, 2004; Lam, 2006; Leander, 2007; Sefton-Green, 2006). In this context, what is positioned as new literacy practices in the school may be new to school but are often already well established among many young people (Lankshear & Knobel, 2003). Increasingly, the communicational landscapes occupied by young people originate outside of the school. This has entailed changes in family life, the traditional access point for children’s texts, enabling new ways for children to be the producers and disseminators of information (Carrington, 2005)."

ISTE Articles

Porter, Bernajean. (2010). Where's the Beef? Adding Rigor to Students Digital Products.
Learning and Leading with Technology. Volume 38, Number 2. ISTE. pp 14-17.
- Describes 14 genres for digital texts and nine scoring traits. Suggests clearly that digital products without structure and purpose are not useful tools. Emphases that higher order thinking and communication strategies will produce better student product than a read and regurgitate model for developing digital texts.

Frey, Timmothy, Houlton, Abby and Gruis, Elizabeth ( 2010). I can see me: Web cams in the classroom. Learning and Leading with Technology. Volume 38, Number 3. ISTE. pp 36-37.  - Nice article on using web cams to enable children to improve reading.


Australian Educational Computing

Sweeney, Trudy(2010). “Transforming Pedagogy through Interactive White Boards: using activity theory to understand tensions in practice.” Australian Educational Computing. Vol 24, number 2. Pp 28-34.

 Other influential reading

Coiro, J., Knobel, M., Lankshear, C., and Lea, D. (2008). Central issues in new literacies and new literacies research. In Coiro, J., Knobel, M., Lankshear, C., and Lea, D. (Eds.) Handbook of research on new literacies (pp 1-21) New York: Erlbaum.
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