Tag Archives: literacy

Should children ‘cold turkey’ from their mobile devices? The Facebook generation

Do we really need children to go ‘cold turkey’ from their mobile devices? Is there a requirement for ‘book camps’ with printed materials only? Is there a middle ground for the Internet generation? Or do we need to re-think many … Continue reading

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We want our kids to want to go to school: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch opened the Te Toi Tupu hui by talking a little bit about the work she is doing with iwi. A lot of the things she is looking it is around iwi and whānau ‘voice’. Melanie is from a … Continue reading

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Māori and Pasifika learners: To make change it has to be a tide rather than a wave

ASB Polyfest 2008 Avondale College Samoan Group (Photo credit: Richard Sihamau) Today (22nd August 2012) I was privileged to be a part of a webinar “brought to us by the VPLD project”, discussing some thoughts around working with Maori and … Continue reading

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Publishing a book made easy as ABC…but there’s a hitch or two

Nick Billowes shared this via email today, and, while I have some reservations (see below), I can see why he’s excited by the potential. Nick posted: “I have seen the future… well a small glimpse of a small part anyway! Now I … Continue reading

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Relationships, literacy and team spirit: Janey Nolan talks about her work with Te Kura (guest blogger August 2011)

August’s guest blogger, Janey Nolan, has crafted a wonderfully engaging read that looks into the importance of building relationships, how animals can help build trust, literacy, and the essential ingredient – team spirit. Please leave Janey questions and comments below … Continue reading

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The proof of the pudding: Students using social media in class improve contributions, comprehension and literacy

Image source by Nomad Saleh Often the question arises – should mobile devices be banned from classrooms? I guess for many teachers it it the proof of the pudding that answers that question – much better than someone ‘telling’ them … Continue reading

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What to do when things don’t go quite as you expect in a learning activity :-)

If you are involved in education, training, or facilitation of pretty much any session, there are sure to be times when things don’t go quite as you expect. This video shows what this teacher did, and by choosing the strategy … Continue reading

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Reading deeply: A Sociocultural approach to an audio-visual ‘text’

[blip.tv ?posts_id=4505050&dest=83164] This activity is designed to develop students critical reading of text, in this case of a cultural, audio-visual text. Alternatively, a traditional, printed text could be used. However, the texts students need to read are becoming increasingly complex … Continue reading

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E-pilot – Enhancing students’ literacy with ICT

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThis Voicethread provides an overview of an e-Pilot  project with eight primary and secondary teachers that focussed on how digital content might assist in meeting the diverse literacy needs of their students. The Voicethread gives … Continue reading

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