Tutorial 2- Blog Task

Tasks- BLOG

Happily Blogging @ Belmore South

I read a great article which outlines a teachers use of a BLOG in her class. Below I have outlined 3 activities I found particularly useful and they include:

  1. Students put together photographic montages of the highlights of their year to be added to their farewell post on their individual blogs. They also put together an end of year photographic display for their class mascot ‘Sandy the Otter’ displaying all of the activities in which Sandy has participated in over the year.  The montage of Sandy’s activities can be viewed through the blog by students in Scotland who gifted the Otter to the class. This is great for the visual representations of learning which has occurred over the school year. It can act as a visual reminder to students of what they have achieved over the term or year.
  2. Students uploaded a video taken of the class performing a Scottish dance to be posted on the class blog. The Scottish students will then be able to see how well the Australian students understood and followed the instructions sent from Glasgow on how to perform the dance. I love the personal interaction students are having with studnets from across the world. They are able to share their experiences and class activities and gain insight into the cultural experiences happening around the world.
  3. A student is finishing her next installment of a book she is writing to be completed before the end of term. When she is happy she will post it to her blog to get comments and feedback from other students around the world. Comments from friends in high school will help her with clarity and expression and peers from primary schools in USA, India and Scotland will help with basic story lines and characterization. This activity could be used for a variety of writing assignments and encourages students to self edit prior to engaging in a peer edit.

References:

Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6

HAPPILY BLOGGING

Find 2 educational blogs you could use to model to your class as an examples of an effective blog.

Flat Rosie’s Adventures‘ is a  class blog based on the travels of a character based on a book the class read. Each student makes their own ‘Flat Rosie’ and sends her to different places around the world and has recipients write to the class about the place she visited and then sends her on for more adventures. Students then blog her adventures and new information they learn about the places she has visited.

The ‘Flat Rosie’s Adventures‘ blog is dynamic and interesting as it has pictures, video content and audio clips pertaining to the students learning about new places around the world. The blog allows students to make a personal connection with the content being taught in class through the travels of their doll and share it with others. It also allows students the opportunity to interact through the blog with students from around the world.

This style of blog could be used for any age group in primary classes as the level of research of a particular place of interest could be examined from various levels. The characters could come from any book being studied in the classroom making it relevant to the students learning.

Here is a link to the Flat Rosie’s Adventures Blog:

wayshttp://flatrosie.edublogs.org

Primary C Class Blog is a great example of how students school work can be shared and displayed to a larger audience. The blog displays a variety of students activities and learning moments though video and picture content. The blog is a personal representation of the students learning.

This style of blog would be appropriate for any age level wishing to share their class work with a larger audience. Content can be varied displaying content from work samples to class activities on any subject and can be guided by the teacher to include more content in which students are most excited and passionate such as maths or drama.  The blog is colourful and well laid out with good written explanations of the visual content.

Here is a link to the Primary C Class Blog:

http://carronshore.edublogs.org

COLLECT & CREATE- Using Scoop it!

Here is a direct link to my Scoop it account which has relevant material for teaching Creative Arts in the classroom for K-6 students:

http://www.scoop.it/t/creative-arts-in-the-classroom-k-6

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Tutorial Week 1- Task

Write a solid two to three paragraph definition of the term ‘new literacies”

New Literacies defined

The term New Literacies can be understood to include all old and new forms of communication that are to be interpreted, digested or understood by the individual seeking information on a particular topic. What we define as literacy is a constantly changing and therefore will be continually evolving to include new forms of communication and interpretations of such information such as ‘the greater use of multimodal forms of expression that include images, video, and sound with written text’ (Houtman, 2013, p.7).

The term New Literacies incorporates a large spectrum of sources such as digital media along with the traditional literacies of reading, writing and arithmetic. We must reframe our thinking of the traditional literacies and how we use them across a plethora of platforms. The accessibility of such information and the ability to which one can understand such information relies heavily on our socio cultural context which now extends beyond our own personal experiences. Our understanding of such literacies depend on how we see the world ‘depending on which discourse we are ‘in’ or ‘operating out of’ within a particular situation or context (Lankshear and Knobel, 2012, p.49). The advent of technology has been transformative to the way we access and ingest new information and also influences how and where we can access such information.

As educators we must continue to teach students how to decipher  what information comes from a reliable source and to question the credibility ad authenticity of a source. In addition we must also teach them where to access the most appropriate forms of literacy and what is the most appropriate mode of communication for different purposes. The discussion will indeed be ongoing as we continue to reframe our thinking around the term New Literacies and question our process of meaning making through our literary practices.

References:

Houtman, E. (2013). New literacies, learning, and libraries: How can frameworks from other fields help us think about the issues? In the Library with the Lead Pipe.  Retrieved fromhttp://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2013/new-literacies-learning-and-libraries-how-can-frameworks-from-other-fields-help-us-think-about-the-issues/ Accessed February 14th, 2014

Lankshear, C., & Knobel, M. (2012). ‘New’literacies: technologies and values. Teknokultura. Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales, 9(1), 45-71.  Retrieved from http://everydayliteracies.net/files/RemixTeknokulturaEnglish.pdf Accessed February, 2014

Greenwashing and the media Youtube Clip:

 

Write a brief description/ review of the show and comment on what this means for teaching kids about internet and media content at school.

The video clip ‘Greenwashing’ by The Media Group is a short clip narrated by 2 puppets discussing the media concept of Greenwashing. Greenwashing  is when a company structures their advertising and branding to appear or give the perception of being more environmentally friendly without any sound evidence to indicate they are in fact taking measures to implement environmentally friendly policies and procedures.

The puppets have a great dialogue about what it means to Greewash and ways companies try to appear more environmentally friendly through various marketing schemes . The puppets lead the viewer to an informed website which looks at the ‘Seven Sins of Greenwashing’ and then perform a sketch to demonstrate the various strategies a company may use to appear more environmentally friendly when in fact their is no proof or foundation on which the facts are based.

This video is an excellent resource to help teach students the importance of critically reviewing information they receive from different sources. Students must understand motives behind the branding and marketing of certain companies and be reflective of the methods chosen so as to be discerning consumers making smarter choices. Students need to understand that advertising can be manipulative and play on peoples emotions and currently the environment and environmentally friendly products and services are of great relevance to many people so companies may use this angle to gain popularity without in fact doing anything to improve the situation. The commercial that was shown in the clip by BP Fuel was case in point.