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The Literacy Shed

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A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.
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An excellent databank of visual stories and ideas for teaching literacy to students. I used this resource on my recent practicum, for the purpose of looking at the topic of stories, and different purposes of stories. I was able to show my students a range of examples of stories, each with a different purpose, and then use this as a basis for discussion. The website also includes ideas for teaching with each example, and visual literacy can be used in the classroom.

This would also be an excellent resource for showing students how to construct a story e.g. how to set the scene, develop characters, plotline etc, but also for thinking about things specific to visual literacy e.g. colour, animation, salience, different camera angles, etc. There are a number of visual tutorials on the website which demonstrate how professionals consider all these elements in the creation of visual literacy.

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45+ Ideas For Class Blog Posts | The Curious Creative

Share a photograph of your classroom. Explain about the different parts of it and how it is being used. Invite other teachers and classes to write a similar
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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom | Blogging in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Here is a blog post which includes a number of links for different aspects of classroom blogging e.g. student guidelines, challenges for students using blogs, start up blog sites you can use to create a blog, etc. Links to edublogger add to the advice given in this post about how to encourage students to become independent learners through their blogs. This is an important blog to read for teachers looking to start a blog, because it addresses key parts of the set up process. Teachers need to be mindful of the resources they use to start, that they are appropriate for the age level of students, and targeted at meeting student learning needs.
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How To Add A Bubbleshare Slideshow

How to embed a Bubbleshare slideshow in your Wordpress MU blog
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Bubbleshare slideshows are a great resource to enhance a classroom blog, as well as expose students to a variety of different digital medias, and cultivate their understanding of how to engage with these new literacies. This how-to resource shows 8 slides, giving a step-by-step guide in how to set up an account, and then incorporate the slideshow into a blog. Teachers should look for ways to incorporate slideshows into blogs, so students can share photographs, animation and videos

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What are Web Widgets? (1/5) - YouTube

Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://www.amara.org/en/v/B0Y9/ http://www.MasterNewMedia.org What are web widgets and what can they d...
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A short and handy video explaining widgets and their purpose. Particularly useful for the construction of classroom blogs if teachers want to direct students to additional websites and resources, or if they want to include videos and interactive activities in a post. This video is concise in its explanation of how to incorporate widgets into a blog post and encourages teachers to use them.

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This is a great tool for teachers which explains clearly how to create a blog for the classroom, as well as activity ideas which link students to the blog, and introduce them to independently engaging in blogging.

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creating multimodal texts

creating multimodal texts | Blogging in the Classroom | Scoop.it
literacy, media and technology resources for teachers
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Learning Through Digital Media

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A collection of essays about using digital media in the classroom, and its links to current pedagogical thinking. More so a resource for teachers who want to look into the current thinking about the purpose of digital media in learning, but there are a number of very interesting articles specific to using blogging and social media to engage students in collaborative learning tasks. There are a range of testimonials within these essays as well, which are helpful for new teachers who are yet to try using these medias in the classroom.
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Check Out Class Blogs! | The Edublogger

Check Out Class Blogs! | The Edublogger | Blogging in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Elementary class blogs


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BrainPOP | Blogs

BrainPOP | Blogs | Blogging in the Classroom | Scoop.it
In this educational animated movie about English learn about bloggers, and different types of blogs like: video, photo, and audio.
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As a big fan of BrainPOP, it would seem natural to include a resource from this website. Here is a video that can be shown in the classroom, to give students an easy-to-understand explanation of what a blog is, the purpose of blogging, and how they can interact with internet communities to share their thoughts and ideas. The animation is engaging for students of most ages, whilst the language used in the explanation is appropriate and aimed at an upper primary, early secondary level of comprehension. This would be an ideal video to show as you are introducing the concept of blogging to the class.

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Class Blogs

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Check out these example class blogs – all nominees in the 2012 Edublog Awards. 3/4C & 3/4K @ UPPS 3/4C @ The Junction 3MH's Classroom Blog 4KM And 4KJ @ Leopold Primary School 6D 2012 – 2013 A ...
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This website features a number of links to classroom blogs around the world. This is a great resource for teachers looking to see what other classrooms have created and published in the blogosphere, and very helpful if teachers are looking for ideas or even a starting point.

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