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Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning | DMLcentral

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By incorporating mobile media devices and social media platforms into his formal curriculum, Antero opened up his students to a new learning experience, one that connected their academic, social, and networked circles.


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Technology to enhance students literacy skills
A curated collection of resources and articles that will inspire teachers to implement the technology curriculum with opportunities to link to literacy skills. The collection will provide links to classroom technologies that can assist teachers to engage their students and prepare them for our digital world of the 21st Century.
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Your Quick-Guide To Using QR Codes In Education

Your Quick-Guide To Using QR Codes In Education | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
Your Quick-Guide To Using QR Codes In Education
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QR codes are a very new technology tool that is still being developed before being implemented within the classroom. However, there are many creative ways to use QR codes in the K-12 classroom such as creating interactive scavenger hunts, serving as writing prompts, and guiding student learning to online resources.  A QR code will soon influence our daily life by providing a easy way to store information and redirect the device once scanned to a website with more information.  The code can contain a URL, text,maths problems etc.  The only downfall to the QR codes, is the need for smart phone or Ipod with camera in the classroom in order to scan the code and to be redirected. I like the idea of students being able to design a QR code and imbed instructions or other text types.

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Sophie Smith's comment, May 23, 2013 11:55 PM
QR codes are the best! We use them for promotions at work, but still find people are behind the ball on this one - would be great to see them used in the classroom, and like you said would be a fantastic opportunity for interactive learning. I have thought about using them as a reward, where the students choose a code and then scan them to find out their prize - free time, an IPad game etc. etc.
Amy McMillan's comment, June 6, 2013 6:50 PM
I am totally behind the ball with this one! Thanks for this great idea I'm always trying to kep updated wth this stuff so i don't become on of those prehistoic teachers. Thanks for sharing, I hope to use this one day!
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Sid's Amazing Invention : PBS LearningMedia

Sid's Amazing Invention : PBS LearningMedia | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page
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Sid's Amazing Invention provides opportunities for Prep-Year 1 students to explore functions of levers.  Students design and invent a simple machine.  Engaging students with developing and evaluating ideas and design in alignment with the Australian National Curriculum: Technology (ACARA, 2013) is a great way to enhance students critical literacy skills in technology.This tool provides a series of eight videos and includes a collaborative activity to understand how levers assist in lifting and transporting objects. Through the use of engaging project base learning students investigate how the position of the fulcrum on a lever affects the amount of work needed to lift an object.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 7:21 PM
There are some great resources on this site that can enhance learning through visual and audio lessons with simple explanations for children.I think that students in early primary would really engage with this site and the activities.
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Draft Australian Curriculum: Technolgies


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This is the Draft document of the Australian Curriculum:Technologies and discusses core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for technology to support all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens within Technology and the 21st Century (ACARA, 2012; MCEECDYA, 2008).

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:38 PM

This is the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies strand document.  It outlines the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities that students should achieve in each year level to support them in using technology to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens (ACARA, 2012; MCEECDYA, 2008).    

 

Mel Austen's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:29 PM

As the title suggests, the Draft of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, is the technology section of the Australian Curriculum that is currently under development. However, as future educators who will be teaching the subject area of technology, it is imperative to be up to date with the most current curriculum. Therefore this item was scooped to provide easy access to the document to be used as a guide by educators when planning technology-based lessons. 

Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 8:07 PM
The Australian Curriculum- Technology guides us to create lessons that address the requirements of the KLA but also to give students a depth of knowledge of technologies. I think reading this document is important as often we confuse technology with science and I have seen schools where they 'lump' them together as one KLA. I think with this new document that teachers will realise that technology is not science and needs to be taught separately. My problem is that in an over crowded curriculum it is not going to be considered as important as many other subjects such as Maths, English and Science (the top 3) and will struggle for time.
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NASA - Robotics - Lesson Plans

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NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.
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This site provides some interesting lessons that would spark a deep conversation and engagement with students. It outlines suggested lessons for teachers to implement innovation, creativity, problem solving design technology activities.  Student will use science, mathematics, literacy and technology skills to learn about robotics, their home planet and the universe beyond. 

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 10, 2013 10:06 PM
Hi Katrina, These lessons look very interesting for students. It would also be interesting to have the conversation as to why we, as humans, need to explore space and the potential benefits this exploration could bring. Also, it would be interesting to investigate some of the technological advances that were needed to allow humans to explore space.
Katrina Elliott's comment, May 13, 2013 3:10 AM
It sure does. I love space, it is one of my favourite units of work. The discussion could be really deep and meaningful if scaffolded correctly. I love how they use design technologies to engage students. Great site.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 6:02 PM
Any lessons that create deeper thinking are very worthwhile.The integration of other key learning areas in technology lessons really help the students understand the authentic aspect to these tasks.
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The Environment and Technology

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This website provides great lesson ideas and worksheets that are available to teachers when implementing technology curriculum.  The worksheets are based on the environment and considers the effects of manufacturing on the environment.  By the end of the lessons, students will be able to design a product keeping in mind the affects on the environment such as pollution.  Students will use their research, literacy skills to plan and draw their design as well as using an information report to market their design to persuade consumers that their product is environmently friendly.

It is very easy to follow the lesson idea and worksheets. 

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Malena Martens's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:19 AM

Lesson ideas and worksheets from the World Association of Technology Teachers. While it contains a great idea and a depth of background information, I would need to ruthlessly edit the mountains of text in the resources before using it with students who were not fluent readers.

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UtellStory - Tell a Story With Pictures and Voice

UtellStory - Tell a Story With Pictures and Voice | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

UtellStory is a new service for creating and sharing audio slideshows. To create and share your story through UtellStory you can upload pictures, add text captions, add audio narration to each slide, and upload a soundtrack to support your entire story. Completed projects can be embedded into your blog, emailed to your friends, or shared through your favorite social networking sites.

 


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UtellStory is a digital tool that allows students to create and share short stories.  It allows students to embed into a blog or email.  It provides the option to upload images, add text and audio to each slide.  This program would be suitable for middle-upper years and provides oppertunities for students to capture and communicate findings or ideas through the use of digital tools (ACARA, 2012). It is more advanced and engaging than the usual powerpoint presentation.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 5:54 PM
I think students would find this tool very engaging and it is a great way to differentiate assessments allowing students a choice of presentation tools.
Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 29, 2013 9:59 PM
I think this has the potential to be an excellent tool for the lassroom. Not only would it allow for differentiation as Jenni had stated, but would allow ESL students an avenue to express themselves through various means other than just writing.
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Design a Package

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Design Technology - Get the children to look closely at packaging, and then design their own.
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This lesson plan idea is based on design elements of a package.  It provides opportunities for students to discuss and explore the design elements of a package of a food item (such as a logo and nutritional information) and how this affects consumers. Students conduct a research on consumers favourite design and create promotional material for their product.  This lesson links to the English curriculum and enhances students literacy skills.    

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PlanBee | Primary KS2 Design & Technology (DT) Lesson Plans and Resources

PlanBee | Primary KS2 Design & Technology (DT) Lesson Plans and Resources | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
Get ready-to-use KS1 and KS2 Design & Technology lesson plans based on the QCA schemes of work at PlanBee – your hive of teaching resources for teaching DT in primary schools.
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This site provides primary teaching resources that can be adapted to the National Curriculum of Technology and incorporates Design and technology elements as well as other KLA, such as English and literacy  within the lesson plans. To gain access to the lesson plans and resources it does cost.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 5:56 PM
Great find Katrina.These lessons plans can be adapted for use in the Australian context easily and incorporate other key learning areas.
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Early El Language Arts on the Internet

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This website lists 101 ways to Integrate Technology into Literacy blocks.  

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Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning | DMLcentral

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By incorporating mobile media devices and social media platforms into his formal curriculum, Antero opened up his students to a new learning experience, one that connected their academic, social, and networked circles.


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This article & video clip discusses how Antero Garcia incorporates mobile media devices and social media platforms into curriculum.

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bremont Alfredo's comment, March 7, 2013 4:20 AM
good it should be applied in FRANCE ! bonne idée pour le ministre de l'education en france..
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good it should be applied in FRANCE ! bonne idée pour le ministre de l'education en france..art, education, inteligence est le vrais propos de l'education le quelle est le bien etre, on aprend en se amusant en creant on travaille dans le bonheur car ont fait ça que nous rendrere plus heureux.

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English Activities

a whole youtube channel where stories by Mercer Mayer are read out loud. Awesome!
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Digital Stories encourages student engagement and reflection by addressing various learning stules.  It develops students listening skills and is a great way to integregate technology in English lessons.

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writecomics.com - an easy tool for creating comics

writecomics.com - an easy tool for creating comics | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

Add the background, add scenes, add characters, add dialogs and present!


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A technology tool that can be utilised by teachers and students within primary school education settings.

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GLAD Curriculum

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Green Literacy in Architectural Design is Curriculum for Middle School and High School Students to learn about Green Vocabulary, Global Responsibility and Architectural Design.
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The GLAD curriculum, provides an overview to assist to implement green literacy and vocabulary regarding sustainability and recycling within the middle-upper schooling. However i feel would be more suitable for upper-high school grades. It further explores basic architectural design elements and introduction to architectural sustainability.  It is important to teach students about our world and the increasing costs and high energy and how to build by “Being Green” (Caffery, 2012). The overview and lessons aligns with the National Australian Curriculum: Technology exploring environmental and social sustainability, design elements and sustainability cross-curricular links (ACARA, 2012) 

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Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen is a fantastic way to engage and improve outcomes with lessons and activities based on  food and life technology and education.  The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen integrates outcomes from the National Australian Curriculum of Technology and cross curricular subjects.  It reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and all aspects of environmental sustainability (Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Foundation, nd). This website provides teachers with an opportunity to subscribe to Tools for Teacher series, in which provides various lesson, activities and units that can be implemented. 

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 24, 2013 12:01 AM

After doing a unit on designing a community project, this would be a great way to allow the students to be involved in a real-life learning and put to practice the design processes that they learnt about from the unit.  From this website you can find lesson plans, activities and units that could be used in your classroom.

 

Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 29, 2013 9:44 PM
I love the way Stephanie has used her knowledge and past it onto to schools. It would be interesting to know if the children at participating schools, have a lower obesity rate. I think if children are involved in the whole process of the food production chain, then I think this surely could reduce obesity rates in young children.
Stephanie White's curator insight, March 30, 3:58 AM

The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides resources for teachers to use in order to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program highlights the learning that takes place in the classroom, kitchen and garden. It emphasises the flavours as well as the nutritional benefits of fresh foods. The program also stresses the importance of balanced diets and foods in moderation. It has proven to show social benefits to all students, including those with special needs. 

 

This links to many relevant content descriptors such as ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating."

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Scribble My Story – A Fingerprint Network App

Scribble My Story was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 25 best apps of 2012 and widely in use in classrooms.

 

Targeted at students from 3 to 7, Scribble My Story is a design collaboration between Fingerprint’s early learning experts alongside the Scribble Press team to deliver a wonderful, age appropriate creativity experience.

 

Scribble My Story is a book and art creation platform where students can imagine, create, and share what they make with their class teacher, peers and family. Scribble My Story makes it very easy for even the youngest authors and artists.


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Scribble My Story is a fun and engaging app that can be used on an ipad or tablet for students to create and share a story with their peers.  It is great app for  Foundation and lower years primary to incorporate the Australian Curriculum Technologies: Digital Technologies content strand within the current Draft document (ACARA, 2012), in which it the app provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of how digital technolgies process and design can be purposefully used to meet the needs of personal and social needs with the impacts on others (ACARA, 2012).  This app enhances emergent literacy skills with an engaging activity.  It is very easy for students to navigate and explore by themselves without too much instruction and scaffolding.

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Emily Robinson's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:13 PM

WOW... What a terrific App to have in the classroom.

 

This app allows the students to create their very own storybook, and then share it with their fellow peers, school community and family.

 

It is easy to navigate so the students can self direct their learning, and it allows the students to express themselves without having to use print. This is great for the early years when students are not able to communicate well through text. The teacher however can add text and ask the students to illustrate the page with appropriate images for the text.

 

This activity meets the guidelines of the DRAFT Technologies National Curriculum by aligning with the digital technologies strand and allowing students to create a story by using a range of digital devices.

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Sustainable Water Challenge - Green Education Foundation | GEF | Sustainability Education

Sustainable Water Challenge - Green Education Foundation | GEF | Sustainability Education | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education, resources, and programs.
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This website provides tools and lesson ideas for teachers to educate students about water efficient technologies and how familiar fixtures work and to compare them with their inefficient counterparts. The lesson outlines promote sustainability, and the balance between environmental, social, and economic concerns.  It further enhances students literacy and higher order thinking skills to complete the tasks and challenges.  Although this is based on American standards, you could easily align with Australian National Curriculum.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 20, 2013 5:52 PM
Katrina this is a useful site and as you commented highlights the important considerations of social,economic and environmental concerns that need to be weighed up.Students need to be aware of both the positive and negative impacts of technology.
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iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum

iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
iPads and iPods are influencing all areas of learning in David Andrews' classroom. He reveals how he's using technology to teach writing, reading, maths and science
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David Andrews, a year six teacher, outlines within the article how he used mobile technology to maximise students learning and literacy skills.  The project he utilised was based on designing and building a controlled vehicle.  Students used a variety of digital technology on the ipad such as Strip Designer App and Creative Book Builder to design their car and write ebook instructions.

 

He further discusses how he has included mobile technology in other curriculum areas to enhance teaching and learning.  It was interesting to read how successfully the uses of ipads are within the curriculum to embed technology and to enhance students literacy skills.

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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
A Collection of Resource Material covering Art and Design Technology in the Primary School Curriculum.
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This is an interesting website that discusses the importance of Design technology within Primary school settings as well as providing some examples of different design oppertunities that could be utilised and adapted to embed the National Curriculum Technology standards.  With each different specific project it may require to have more subject specific language and knowledge.  

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Early Connections - Primary Grades

Making the connection between technology and the way children learn and develop - resources and information for educators and care providers of young children.
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Provides information for teacher's and beginning teachers of the benefits of technology. It discusses how technology can be linked to a variety of KLA's such as Literacy and mathematics.

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Amanda Rogers's comment, April 19, 2013 9:11 PM
This is an insightful site aimed at providing teachers and pre service teachers suppoprt with technology and the curriculum. It gives ideas and structure to technology based lessons whilst providing ideas for use within other areas such as numeracy and literacy.
Sophie Smith's comment, May 24, 2013 12:06 AM
a comprehensive site that provides educators with information, links and support to teaching the technology curriculum in the early years.
Emily Robinson's comment, June 7, 2013 7:14 PM
Katrina I had this as a wonderful resource too, however it is no longer available! A little unfortunate I thought because it was heavily guided towards early years as well as beginning teachers. Hopefully you may find it elsewhere, I couldn’t...
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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: Tech Tips: StoryWorks

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Storyworks magazines provides students with oppertunities to build their reading, writing and critical thinking skills across all genres of text.  It is a great way to implement digital technology programs to enhance students literacy skills.  Storyworks does have a subscription fee, however, is well worth the cost.

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Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect - Stephen Howell

Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect - Stephen Howell | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

This lively video by Stephen Howell in the Dublin Interaction Design Association (IxDA) conference tells us all about how he developed a toolkit ‘Kinect2Scratch‘ that teaches kids programming by using Scratch and the Kinect.


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Kia Sowden's comment, May 10, 2013 10:02 PM
After my experiences with Scratch it is definitely a resource that you could use with students. I did find parts of it challenging, however this is because it is completely new to me. If students were introduced to programming at an early stage it would not appear so daunting to them.
Katrina Elliott's comment, May 13, 2013 3:15 AM
I found that it would be a suitable design resource for high school students. I found it challenging, however very engaging and addictive. I am unsure how this would benefit all students, as it was difficult in some areas to program and get perfect. Personally, I wouldn't use this program within my classroom.
Amanda Rogers's comment, May 14, 2013 2:00 AM
I agree Katrina, this progam would be too hard for most primary school students to grasp
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Using StoryWorks and Edmodo for Debate and Persuasive Writing | Edmodo – Where learning happens.

Using StoryWorks and Edmodo for Debate and Persuasive Writing | Edmodo – Where learning happens. | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it
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This blog outlines how teachers can engage students in writing.  The Year 6 class use a variety of technology tools to engage in debate and persuasive writing texts. 

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Reading with iPads – the difference makes a difference - Education Today

Reading with iPads – the difference makes a difference - Education Today | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

"The aim of our eBook project was to explore the use of an iPad as an eBook reader within the context of a primary school classroom.  While many schools have embraced iPads, their use in schools is still in its infancy and this study was frustrated in some ways by the lack of resources and technological support available."


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This is a very interesting article discussing a study on using iPads used as e-book readers within the classroom.  The study outlines that using iPads increase student's engagement, however it is important for teachers to adapt their pedagogy accordingly to successfuly use iPads as e-book readers within their classroom.

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John Pearce's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:13 PM

A very interesting article looking at using iPads as eBook readers.

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Storybird: A Collaborative Storytelling Tool : Tech Tutorials

Storybird: A Collaborative Storytelling Tool : Tech Tutorials | Technology to enhance students literacy skills | Scoop.it

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Storybird is a collaborative story telling tool that provides students with opportunites to write creative stories.  It allows students to collabroate with other peers, parents and other students from around that world.  Students are able to embed their story into a blog, wiki or website as well as share on twitter and other social media sites. 

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Katrina Elliott's comment, February 26, 2013 7:43 PM
What a fantastic collaborative storytelling tool
Rhana Kerrigan's comment, May 21, 2013 4:09 AM
Another great tool to use in the classroom to engage students through creativity and innovation. These tools are so important for students to link literacy and ICT skills and as you said Katrina they are able to share their stories through social media. I really like this story telling tool.