Literacy and libraries

During this sharing time we will leap into the wonderful world of stories! Literature and technology together, provide some of the most engaging and creative learning opportunities for students. We will consider a range of picture books and discuss how you can use technology to bring text to life. Each text will be linked to a key learning area, and examples of how the text was used during a Library lesson will be shared.

Summary blog post by Michelle Budge – @mdfriend

Being open minded is surely key for learning new skills, self-reflection and professional growth as a teacher in 2018.

The MIEE 2018 (inaugural?!) Hui offered a smorgasbord of opportunities for teachers keen to develop their digital technology kete, extend their ability to use the range of tools available via Microsoft apps and programmes and connect with other educators.

The problem with a smorgasbord is it is sometimes difficult to know what to choose. We were truly spoiled for choice.

Initially, I wasn’t 100% certain that Lynette Barker’s Creativity with Literacy sharing session would be to my palette. Me, a South Island-based secondary teacher of English and Media Studies working in a large coeducational state secondary school. Lynette, a teacher Librarian in a Catholic primary school across the Tasman.

Time to ditch the diet.

Not only did Lynette present us with an exciting menu of ideas, she backed this up with examples, resources and honest answers to our questions. The added bonus is that following the hui, Lynette has continued to share resources via the twittersphere.

Lynette’s ideas bridge the gap between written text and digital technology with activities that seamlessly integrate both and, were clearly linked to learning objectives.

Some of those ideas were:

  1. Telling a story with music  – using MS lens and PPT, scan pages from a text and then invite students to match the words with music. Lynette used Red Fox.
  2. Reversioning a story – using MS Lens and OneNote with a free pdf of a children’s illustrated book available here – , students can use a stylus to “graffiti” the original version of My Birthday Bunny with their own version.
  3. Augmented reality – use MS Paint 3d to add moving images to a story. Take a  pic of object, import to Paint 3d then animate via power point. (@ibpossum has had hours of fun with this 😉  )
  4. Comprehension and creativity – Lynette used Cups Held Out by Judith L Roth. Read to kids then gave them cup. Students  were asked to tell how they could show support  to others OR whatever they took from story via photography. Their photos were then collated using Movie Maker.
  5. Vocabulary extension, development of connotative and emotive language via blogging. – using Piranaha’s Don’t Eat Bananas, students were invited to finish sentences from the story with their own words.  Using Last Tree in the City, students were asked to supply 10 words they associated with this story about environmental damage to word banks. They then did the same with A Forest , a story featuring a contrasting message.
  6. Catering for students with special education needs –  Lynette set up a series of activities on OneNote pages which were code protected. The student, working with a teacher aide, had to complete each activity to get the code to “unlock” the next task.

Like any meaningful PD, the proof is in the pudding. My goal is to develop and deliver a workshop for our teacher aides and share some of these ideas alongside those gleaned from Crispin Lockwood’s Immersion Session MS Learning Tools for Differentiation. The aim is to broaden the range of literary activities offered to engage students with special learning needs and ESOL students.

And of course there are plenty of ways to adapt Lynette’s ideas for a secondary learning environment.

“Cups” could be used in Junior Media Studies to teach the Rule of Thirds as well as camera shot types and angles, Red Fox could be used to apply visual and verbal matching techniques for Media Studies and English students while the vocab extension activities would work alongside a short story/novel study or as a starter for Creative Writing.

Thanks again to Lynette for her collegiality and generosity.

Blog was originally posted on Michelle blog

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