Melissa Giddins

Exploring technology and literacy in education.

DERNSW – Progress Update on the Project

We are almost at the end of the project now that has had us designing learning activities and resources for our various KLAs.  Needless to say, I have been designing activities for English. A previous post detailed the first seven lesson activities that I created: https://mgiddins.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/laptops-4-learning-project-progress/ and now this post will detail the latest activities I have created (and they will possibly be the last for this project).

1. Reflective Journals:  Students use Word to reflect on their learning, in a series of reflective journal entries. The journal entries are made in relation to stimulus provided by the teacher, such as a question for the day, a thinking tool such as a PMI, or a standard response about what the student has learned that day. In order to keep the journal entries thoughtful, critical, detailed and thorough, students should be encouraged to share their journal entries with the class on a regular basis. This can be done through a blog or using a program like OneNote. Alternatives to written reflective journals include recorded audio files and video diaries.

2. Reading Perspectives: Students respond to a set text from varying reading perspectives, including their own, and explore the impact of context, dominant and resistant readings, and varying the perspective through which they view the text. Students use OneNote to hold all the information pertaining to their exploration of the text from various perspectives.

3. Video Glossary: Students use their webcam to record definitions of words including examples and elaborations. Students can use words from a glossary of English terms to be learned, such as poetry techniques, HSC glossary, etc. Videos can then be uploaded to a website such as Wordia for students to use for study purposes or placed into a OneNote notebook for further individual reference.

4. Visual Literacy: Students choose an image, either online or from the clipart gallery, that appeals to them for whatever reason. Students then analyse the image and explore why it was appealing to them personally, recording their analysis in writing or audio commentary, using OneNote.

5. Visual Adaptation: Students choose an image either from the internet, a clip art gallery or a range of images chosen by the teacher. Students analyse the image, using the terminology of visual literacy, and explore their own personal response to the image. Students then manipulate the image using Adobe Photoshop and then re-analyse the image and discuss what effect their manipulation had on their response to the image. Students can collate all their images and analyses in OneNote.

6. Visual Stimulus: Students choose an image, either online or from the clipart gallery, that appeals to them for whatever reason. Alternatively, the teacher provides a single image, or range of images, for the class. The image is then used as stimulus for a piece of creative writing which is completed using Word or OneNote, or presented using PowerPoint or in movie form using Adobe Premier.

Now it will be immediately apparent that I am not reinventing the wheel, merely translating what a lot of us already do into a more digital environment.  I have tried to make all the activities in this lot be “offline” activities as it will be quite some time before all our classrooms have their wireless access points, from my understanding of the technical difficulties involved in schools not having spare fibre optic pairs (or some such thing).

All learning activities with full details including syllabus outcomes, sequential lesson steps, resources and extension ideas will be published on the Curriculum Support website in Term 3.

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July 3, 2009 - Posted by | Digital Education Revolution (DER), Laptops 4 Learning | ,

1 Comment »

  1. I love the visual elements! A generation- myself included- are uniquely visual…can you post some work samples??
    I see your blog and Kellie’s doing what the curriculum support site- as much as they do great stuff- and ETA should be like…THANK you…

    Comment by Troy | July 3, 2009 | Reply


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