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How to Engage Reluctant Learners through ICT and Visual Literacy

A presentation on how to use visual literacy and ICT to engage reluctant learners in the primary classroom.

Kimberlee Stevenson

on 30 January 2015

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Transcript of How to Engage Reluctant Learners through ICT and Visual Literacy

is the way
of our future
whether you like it or not
Forget about your degree of technological skills.
Forget about parents who were at your door after school.
Forget about the Ultranet.
Forget about data and reporting.

Even if it only lasts the length of this PD, I want you to try and focus on teaching in new creative, innovative ways to engage reluctant learners in your classroom.
In the next 20 minutes...
Reluctant Learners
How to Engage Reluctant Learners through ICT and
Visual Literacy

Where technological knowledge doubles every two years?
Where technological abilities differ greatly between individuals?
You pay attention to the skills that surround the content
How do you
prepare students
for an uncertain future with
multiple career paths?
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
You already know who I’m talking about, don’t you?
Let students be in control of their learning
Guide Students
Collaborate Together
Team Work
Step back and let them explore and be creative

Visualise Digitally
Using a belkin headphone converter can allow
you to use a device other than a
tape/CD player to allow multiple listeners
like on a listening post. Students
can listen to podcasts, songs
or stories from an ap or
online source through your
iPod or MP3 players.
Teach our target audience
This student was asked to record their own story as they were looking through a book without words.
Present Ideas Digitally

Using Media Literacy to get the ball rolling...
Text Response
Convey Ideas
Speak With
Scholastic Story Starters
Teach for Meaning
Set and meet
relevant goals
The L2 unit 'Take Care Out There'
allowed students to reflect on the
topic and create their own video.
Purposeful and Relevant
Solve Problems
Filter Information
Think Critically
Movie Making
Students can create their own movies with voices, etc. Just create a free account for your class and begin. Can be uploaded to Ultranet!
Be Creative
Synthesize Details
Be Innovative
Literacy - Comprehension - Science - Integrated - Maths
Think Across Disciplines
Adapt to New Situations
Students were asked to write a script and
produce a movie to help other students
understand W2R rules and codes.
Show Different Perspectives
Students created their own felt pictures and
made a story that included a problem.
Don't be afraid to
let them show you
how to do it!
We need to use our eyes more to visualise information to see patterns/connections, to allow us to focus on the important information, to help make more sense of the information, or even to tell a story.
"Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."
- Benjamin Franklin

Students recorded each other reading. They then watched the recording and made a self assessment on the strategies used when they were reading.
Sounds great...
But how do we do it?

Don't be afraid
5/6 ICT leaders
Learn from the students
Give it a try!
Ask for help
Reflect, evaluate, improve
Play around and explore
Kim's cheat sheet

Lower School

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html Create your own spelling activity
Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check http://www.ictgames.com/lcwc.html Create your own spelling activity

Kerpoof http://www.kerpoof.com A brilliant interactive site that allows students to create
stories, animations, cards and practise simple spelling.
Telescopic Text http://www.telescopictext.org/write A site that allows you to add and change text in words and
sentences, recording every change.
Answer Garden http://answergarden.ch/ Add answers to questions simultaneously.
Magnetic letters http://kids.magpogames.com/ Use words to create poetry, sentences, explore words
.Mightybook http://www.mightybook.com/story_books.html Animated stories with text you can follow.
Story starters http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm
Bembo's Zoo http://www.bemboszoo.com Animals that represent each letter of the alphabet.
Student Publishing http://www.studentpublishing.com Create and publish books online.
ePubbud http://www.epubbud.com Create and read eBooks online.
Storybird http://storybird.com/ Select wonderful artwork to create a magnificent story.
Pikikids http://www.pikikids.com/ Create cartoons online with photos and images.
Roy the Zebra http://www.roythezebra.com Variety of literacy activities for students to use.
Smories http://www.smories.com/ Hear and see students read stories online.
Starfall http://www.starfall.com Selected animated stories and activities for early readers.
Storytime for me http://storytimeforme.com/ Reads stories online. Also shows text whilst reading.
Story cove http://www.storycove.com Animated stories for comprehension & story starters
Story Nory http://storynory.com/ Audio stories available for free on iTunes to add to iPod
Story Something http://www.storysomething.com Read and add personalised names to stories.
TikaTok http://www.tikatok.com Create stories and have them published.
Magic Keys http://www.magickeys.com/books/ Books online with audio as well.
Mee Genius http://www.meegenius.com/ Brilliant site for reading books.
Word List Generator http://www.wordlistgenerator.net/ Creates words to support spelling, word families, phonics.
Not nice to look at but effective in what it outputs.
Punctuation http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/lit_sites/alpha_drag/widepage.htm
Introduction to full stops and capitals.
Middle School

Answer Garden http://answergarden.ch Add answers to questions simultaneously.
Glogster http://www.glogster.com Create online posters.
Wallwisher http://www.wallwisher.com Creating and collaborating with stickies online.
Mailinator http://mailinator.com/ It allows you to create a temporary email address when logging in to sites that need an
email without needing confirmation. Students can use it when using sites like Wallwisher
where a name and email are needed.
Corkboard http://corkboard.me Interactive corkboard that allows you to add ideas and notes collaboratively or individually.
Issuu http://www.issuu.com/ A place where students can view magazines and you can publish their magazines.
Zimmer Twins http://zimmertwins.com/ View and create interesting animated movies. This also contains story starters.
Popplet http://www.popplet.com Great way to visualise information using linked images, text, videos and sounds.
Museum Box http://museumbox.e2bn.org/index.php A brilliant and unique way to organise information using 3D online boxes. Great cross- curricula activity.
60 Second recap http://www.60secondrecap.com/ Brilliant site to inspire student to create their own 60 second videos about texts they
have read. They present this as a report (similar to what they see on television).
Exciting way to share a book report without the usual paper/pen approach.
Piclits http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx Select from images and create related text.
Panoramas http://www.panoramas.dk/ Exploring panoramas as a prompt for writing.
Animoto http://animoto.com Create videos and digital stories online.
Photoshow http://www.photoshow.com/home/start Create your own digital story using photos online. Add captions and text as well.
Voicethread http://ed.voicethread.com Add your own images, videos and text and invite others to respond. Every response is
recorded in sequence. Responses can be made using text, sound, pictures. Teachers can
create accounts for themselves and add their students.
Poll Everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com A brilliant site that you can register as a teacher to enable students and teachers to
send messages via mobile phone or website. It creates polls and summaries of feedback
and allows you to export them into a PowerPoint file, add them to a blog or website, and email them.
Story Starters http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm Ideas to promote writing.
Thriller Whiz http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm Ideas to promote writing.
http://www.teachit.co.uk/custom_content/wordwhiz/thrillertitles.html Thriller titles to inspire writing.
Because it's not an ICT
PD without some lovin'
from George...
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