As ubiquitous media content is orienting the interest of 21st century’s writers towards creating and publishing multimodal compositions (posters, digital stories, websites, online texts etc.) out of school and workplace, educators look for ways of incorporating these “new literacies” (New London Group, 1996) into student’s writing activities that are opportunities for mediating voice and identity within the socio-cultural perspective of language learning. This blog’s purpose is to examine the tools of new literacies as a way of motivating students in writing and promoting students’ discursive consciousness in expressing style, voice, and identity in classroom settings.
The other day, as I was working with Thinglink on a media piece about digital writing (you can still see what I did and add your own thoughts) for Digital Writing Month, I had this brainstorm of using the site to add an audio track ...
Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) is a series of free interactive web seminars that feature cutting-edge literacy research conducted by international literacy researchers. GCLR is grounded in critical literacy, and sees as its mission to provide no-cost, accessible professional development that connects leading literacy scholars with global populations.
We believe that the art of the raconteur - the telling of unscripted, personal, porch-style stories - is one of the great arts, and that nights of storytelling are vital to any vibrant and healthy community.
"For so many years, students would receive grades and not know where they came from, what assignments led up to them, how they would be assessed. Now they're involved in not only creating the units and deciding how they will assess themselves, but also how they will assess each other."
So when a student walks into my classroom, I think what their struck with is that I'm not the one that's talking the most in the classroom. There's a lot of voice and choice in the classroom.
For so many years, they would receive grades and not know where they came from, what assignments led up to them, how they would be assessed. Now they're involved in not only creating the units and deciding how they will assess themselves, but also how they will self-assess their work and assess each other.
Robin Good: I used to love the Google contextual mini-browser (the Google Deskbar - 2003), something probably most people today have never seen nor have a memory of, but which in my humble opinion, was one of the best and most useful tools released by Google ever.
Well the little mini-search tool is back in a new customized format inside the Google Docs Presentation tool, where you can now easily search for reference, quotes, information and images related to the topic you are working on in your presentation.
Search becomes contextual and the relevant information found can be immediately integrated into the work we are creating. (Any information or image you find with the Google Research Tool can be intuitively selected and dragged onto the slide area, where it can be sized and positioned in any way you like.)
Each content item found with the Google Research Tool and utilized in your slide content is automatically linked back to its original source to simplify the credit and attribution process.
Extremely useful. Especially for quotes and images.