Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom
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What, how and why of teaching literature and literacy (visual, digital, information) in the primary classroom
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Monday musings on Australian literature: Let's get physical - The High Country

Monday musings on Australian literature: Let's get physical - The High Country | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
This, my third Let's Get Physical post, is once again about a region that's not too far from me - the Australian High Country. When most people think of Australia, they think - at least I believe t...
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Visual Literacy – As Essential As Reading and Writing | Something to Munch On

Visual Literacy – As Essential As Reading and Writing | Something to Munch On | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

I find the concept of embedding visual literacy into our teaching and learning to be compelling.  We have a real responsibility to teach ourselves and our students to better interpret, learn, and communicate via visuals as well as through written and spoken words.

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Overview | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Based on a USA survey: The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools.

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It was amazing! Retelling stories as multimodal texts: teacher reflections: Cummins Area School

Cathy Ryan talks about her first experience of working with year 1 and 2 students to create multimodal texts. The aim was to increase engagement but the outc...
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The kids are All Right, Vegemite

The kids are All Right, Vegemite | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
The tradition of children's play has survived despite increased use of television and video games.
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Gus Gordon - NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

Thursday 1 August 2013 - Education Week Gus Gordon, author and illustrator, describes his process for writing story books in an interactive presentation that involves…
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7 ways to teach digital literacy skills – iPads in Education

7 ways to teach digital literacy skills – iPads in Education | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

Fostering digital literacy skills is one of the most difficult tasks for educators. Evaluating and analyzing online resources for accuracy is something that many adults struggle with – we’ve all been bamboozled before, haven’t we? But digital literacy is more than just determining if something is true or false – it’s intelligently and responsibly navigating online, it’s putting countless pieces together to form a puzzle, it’s determining what’s important and evaluating bias, etc – the list goes on. So, as an educator, how do we reinforce these crucial skills in our classrooms?

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Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Don't Just Teach Writing, Teach Visual Literacy

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How do we handle the information bombardment? We can't escape it. We adapt.

David McCandless draws and eloquent picture with how much data is taken in by the senses. Visual images take the lions share but most are unconscious that we look at and dismiss unknowingly. We are unaware of how our brains are filtering images and input. Humans have done this since the beginning of time, but how to search for, find and dismiss the exponential amount of information that comes up with the click of a mouse?

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Fairytale friends - ABC Online (blog)

Fairytale friends - ABC Online (blog) | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
Fairytale friends
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Mornings presenter Fiona Parker and our children's literature expert Sarah Mayor Cox recently spoke with author/illustrator Anna Pignataro about her new book Owl.
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Study shows decline in bedtime reading - Bay Post/Moruya Examiner

Study shows decline in bedtime reading - Bay Post/Moruya Examiner | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
Study shows decline in bedtime reading
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... research released on Tuesday showed only 23 per cent of New South Wales parents read to their children on a daily basis.
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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

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Reading comprehension is a matter of decoding, reading speed, and critical thinking about the text, all of which can improve with tiered practice. (Se our post here on 50 apps for struggling readers.)

So below, in an order of general complexity, are 15 apps for improved reading comprehension, ranging from word and sentence fluency, to recall, to critical thinking skills, to reading speed.

By the nature of reading and literacy progress, most are indeed for K-5 and SLP, but the latter apps, especially Reading Trainer, Compare Twist, and Enchanted Dictionary, can be used through high school in the right context.15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

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Global Words

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The twelve units of work in Global Words have been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and global citizenship education.

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Press Release: New Softlink primary school solution ‘to connect kids to literacy through BYOD/BYOT’ coming to Australia and New Zealand

Press Release: New Softlink primary school solution ‘to connect kids to literacy through BYOD/BYOT’ coming to Australia and New Zealand | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

“Scout will captivate the imagination of young learners and get them ‘hooked on learning’ from a young age,” Nathan said.  “From library to living room, Scout will transform primary school libraries into 21st century digital hubs for the benefit of the entire school community. A revolutionary ePlatform, Scout has been engineered for modern digital devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPads, Android, Chrome Books and more). 

Nathan said Softlink designed the solution to help primary educators meet the growing demand for student-driven elearning, and to support Bring Your Own Devices/Technology (BYOD/BYOT) strategies – ‘without the need for additional overheads’.  

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Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition » Blog Archive » The Grammar of Visual Communication

Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition » Blog Archive » The Grammar of Visual Communication | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

Browsing in a bookstore in Middlebury, Vermont (love those independent bookstores!), I spotted a book in the “media” section with a title that grabbed my attention:  The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, by Stephen Apkon (and in small caps next to the author’s name, “foreword by Martin Scorsese”). 

The text is hardback, with a half slipcover in paper with a black and white photo of a lovely flower blossom.  Underneath the slipcover, on the hard cover, this black and white photo is replaced with a color photo of evergreen trees surrounding a yellow satellite dish.  The move between the two images is mesmerizing:  I kept flipping back and forth until the flower blossom and the dish seemed somehow to merge into one.  I knew I was fascinated by these images but couldn’t exactly put my finger on why that was so.

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The Top 17 Free Digital Storytelling Apps for The iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Top 17 Free Digital Storytelling Apps for The iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

One of the things I like the most about iPad is its ability to support all the major e-reader platforms. Its interactivity and audio capabilities have even added a new dimension to read alouds and bedtime stories, making it an ideal device for digital storytelling. And since Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already featured a List of The Best Digital Storytelling Tools ( web and desktop version ) then we deem it equally important to provide another list of such tools but this time for the iPad.

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We've been thinking... retelling stories - students' share their story: Cummins Area School

Year 1 and 2 students talk about their experience of creating multimodal texts to retell stories.
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Don’t Just Teach Writing, Teach Visual Literacy | Teaching Ahead of the Curve

Don’t Just Teach Writing, Teach Visual Literacy | Teaching Ahead of the Curve | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

How do we handle the information bombardment? We can’t escape it. We adapt.

David McCandless draws and eloquent picture with how much data is taken in by the senses. Visual images take the lions share but most are unconscious that we look at and dismiss unknowingly. We are unaware of how our brains are filtering images and input. Humans have done this since the beginning of time, but how to search for, find and dismiss the exponential amount of information that comes up with the click of a mouse. We’ve become a culture of skimmers and headline grabbers. We’ve done so unknowingly by deciding if the title, thesis statement and opening paragraph are worthy enough of our interest. I’ve learned this the hard way.

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The Early Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends

The Early Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

This article was originally published on the Voices From the Learning Revolution blog of Powerful Learning Practice.

Literacy is changing. It really is. Even in my grade one classroom as thestudents begin to learn their letters and sounds, as they start to put those letters and sounds together into words, and as they take their first hesitant steps to read and write.

The change in our classroom was subtle at first. When my students began writing the word wewith two i’s, I smiled and talked about the more traditional spelling of the word. When students came to school with a clear understanding of what it meant to get to the next level or to have several lives, I took notice of the new vocabulary they had.

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Sentence Builder for iPad Helps Students Learn to Write

Sentence Builder for iPad Helps Students Learn to Write | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
Sentence Builder from Abitalk is a series of iPad apps designed to help elementary school students learn to construct sentences. The app asks students to build sentences about the pictures that they see in the app. Each picture is accompanied by a set of words that students drag and drop into place to write the sentence that they hear read by the narrator. For example, in one picture children will see two people running and they will have to write the sentence that they hear the narrator read. Sentence Builder will tell students if they have written the sentence correctly or not.
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Event: Showcase: Annual Festival of Australian Children's Literature

Event: Showcase: Annual Festival of Australian Children's Literature | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
I hope you can join in this wonderful celebration of Australian Children's literature, featuring an astonishing line-up of literary talent from Jackie French to Garth Nix and Morris Gleitzman, and our own local authors and illustrators here in Canberra.Organised...
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Australian Family Therapists’ Awards 2013 winners announced

Australian Family Therapists’ Awards 2013 winners announced | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
“@JuniorBplusP: Congratulations to the winners of the Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature http://t.co/A0NUDh0BBE”;
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iPad and Guided Reading

iPad and Guided Reading | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

Many teachers have been using iPads to develop reading in the classroom. This post looks at how they can be integrated into guided reading, however the apps we recommend are versatile enough to be used across many teaching reading contexts.

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Event: Showcase: Second Annual Festival of Australian Children's Literature

Event: Showcase: Second Annual Festival of Australian Children's Literature | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it
The University of Canberra in parnership with the Lu Rees Archives, Libraries ACT and the Children's Book Council of Australia, will host Showcase: The 2nd Annual Canberra Festival of Australian Children's Literature, which will celebrate the writers,...

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Primary — Years 3 to 7 « English for the Australian Curriculum

Primary — Years 3 to 7 « English for the Australian Curriculum | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

Five media-rich units of work that bring literacy and language learning to a broader and imaginative understanding of our world through literature and inquiry, supported by geography, science and history.

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Language Magazine » Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One

Language Magazine » Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One | Literature and Literacy in the Primary+ Classroom | Scoop.it

Numerous studies in K-12 contexts have documented the strong and reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension for native English speakers (Graves, 2000; Stahl, 1999). Research focused on school-age English learners similarly correlates vocabulary knowledge with second-language reading comprehension and other measures of school success, including test scores and writing (August & Shanahan, 2006; Carlo et al, 2005). In fact, word knowledge proves to be the most reliable predictor of English-learner academic achievement across grade levels and the curriculum (Marzano, 2004; Saville-Troike, 1984).

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