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Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3
How to blend NGfL Cymru resources with web 2.0 tools to enhance literacy.
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Branching Stories

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A series of Interactive stories that allow the reader to control the path the story takes. These stories are great for engaging reluctant readers as they are in control of the route the story takes. They can be used as simple digital stories or as exemplars at the start of a lesson that asks stiudents to create their own branching story.

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ScreenChomp

Get ScreenChomp on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Creative Book Builder

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Creative Book Builder is a fantastic app that allows students to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. There are a variety of instructional uses for this app, from using it as a publishing tool for project-based learning to a summative assessment at the end of a unit ...


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MsCarterTL's curator insight, March 1, 2013 1:09 PM

This would work well with the implementation of an eBook signout system that allows the publishing of student work.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:47 AM

Let's get ambitious!!! I'm sure students will love it. Hard work and high rewarding outcomes!

Catherine Thomas-Varcoe's curator insight, March 20, 2013 6:21 AM

An app that could be built into student activities or assessment if iPads are introduced across the board.

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Inspiration Dice

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A dice that allows learners to read, analyse and write stories covering six different genres. Nice step by step approach to help them develop their writing skills.

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Perspective stories (KS2)

Perspective stories (KS2) | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

A series of Interactive stories that encourage learners to think about how the story may change when told from the perspective of another character. The empathy mind maps are a great resource for helping pupils really think about another character's viewpoint.

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Picture Book

Picture Book | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

An interactive tool that uses images to stimulate creative writing. A really effective resource to help pupils develop their writing skills.

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Storybird - Storybird for Schools

Storybird - Storybird for Schools | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

This is a great extension to our picture book. If you use the class account pupils can choose sets of images, write and save their storybooks and then other pupils can comment on them.

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writing prompts

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These are also great writing prompts

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Let us go then, you and I...: Subtext - First Impressions of Collaborative Reading on the iPad

Let us go then, you and I...: Subtext - First Impressions of Collaborative Reading on the iPad | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

I recently discovered Subtext, a free app for the iPad, that allows you collaboratively to annotate texts. I have been very impressed with it in the few days I've been playing with it and look forward to testing it out in the classroom.


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Mr P's ICT blog: Using iPads and Football to encourage reluctant boys to write

Mr P's ICT blog: Using iPads and Football to encourage reluctant boys to write | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

As my role this year involves me teaching across the whole school using a class set of iPads, I feel it is important to really experiment to see how using the iPads can impact across the curriculum and not just within ICT.


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Things that go bump in the night by melngfl

Things that go bump in the night by melngfl | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

This is an example of a teacher generated wall. Pupils can add to the wall at home or in school. When you set the wall up you can stipulate that you want to moderate the posts, so no one can add anything without you seeing it first.

This extends learning beyond the classroom...you could set this for homework and then pupils could discuss which branch they think is the best story and a class generated final version could be created.

The limited number of characters allowed for each post also means that pupils will need to select their words carefully.

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VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud

VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

This is an example of how voicethread can be used for assessment (including peer
assessment) Pupils can log in and comment on each other's work. You could also
allow parents to comment on their child's work - encouraging parental engagement.

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bubbl.us | brainstorm and mind map online

bubbl.us | brainstorm and mind map online | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

There are lots of collaborative mindmapping packages. If you want your pupils to work together on a digital mindmap - maybe even extending the learning beyond the classroom then this is an example of a package you can use.

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Picture Book

Picture Book | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

Here's a range of Good Practice videos that show how the Picture Book resource was used with a year 7 class.

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture | Enhancing Literacy at KS2 and KS3 | Scoop.it

This site has stunning topical photos if you want to use images as a stimulus for writing

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