Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices
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Local Languages

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Australia has hundreds of Indigenous languages and some people are worried that if we don't keep teaching them they could eventually disappear.

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Interesting video which appeared on Behind The News. It could be very interesting to explore perspectives of language and identity with students.

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Lingua.ly | Collect new words, language learning your way!

Lingua.ly | Collect new words, language learning your way! | Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices | Scoop.it
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This is the online tool/app that I reviewed for Assignment 2. It is a good tool for building upon students' home languages and valuing the role these have in students' learning.

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Developing cultural sensitivity in the classroom

This resource provides a short learning sequence that focuses on developing culturalsensitivity and intercultural understanding.

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Rich activities to undertake with students to engage students in thinking about their values, practices and ideas and how these fit in with those of the other students within the class.

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Yarn Strong Sista

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Victorian based website with community support and resources for embedding Indigenous knowledge into the classroom environment and learning.

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Difference Differently

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An interactive resource for teachers and students to explore diversity.

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This interactive online resource is aligned to the Australian curriculum and uses videos, audio, images, quizzes and interactive learning activities to engage students in exploring intercultural understanding.

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The edWebET47 - The A-List Collection by Michelle Luhtala

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A collection of education technology by Michelle Luhtala
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Some of these apps could be very useful in the classroom to connect with students' home literacy practices and others could be useful for other literacy learning.

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Books and Good Stuff: A Strategy for Building School to Home Literacy Connections

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An interesting article discussing Literacy BAGS (Books and Good Stuff) packs to promote engagement with literacy practices at home. Similar concept to the Family Story Backpacks but a different focus.

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Enhancing parent - teacher communication using technology

Merkley, D., Schmidt, D., Dirkson, C., & Fulher, C. (2006). Enhancing parent - teacher communication using technology: A reading improvement clinic example. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 6(1), 11 - 42.

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The article considers ways of establishing parent-teacher communication using digital tools and analyses a case study exploring these ideas.

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How to assess students’ prior knowledge

How to assess students’ prior knowledge | Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices | Scoop.it

Strategies for gauging how much students know.

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There are a number of resources provided for finding out what students know.

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Building Background Knowledge

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Building background knowledge - how to do it and why it is a critical pathway to learning.
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Detailed strategies for building background knowledge with students.

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Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom?

Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom? | Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices | Scoop.it

Learning progresses primarily from prior knowledge that is that new knowledge is constructed from old.

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Simple article with various teaching ideas for tapping into students' prior knowledge.

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Funds of knowledge at work in the writing classroom.

Funds of knowledge at work in the writing
classroom written by Chris Street (2005).

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This is an article from a teacher who found that allowing her students to write about the topics of interest to them allowed them to develop ownership of their own literacy practices and fostered an environment where she could learn about her students and their existing knowledge, experiences and practices.

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An introductory guide to the EQ Bandscales for English as an additional language or dialect learners

This guide is a support resource for a whole school approach to the use of EQ Bandscales for EAL/D learners.

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It includes information on how to identify and monitor EAL/D learners development in English language proficiency and highlights the diversity in prior knowledge, experiences and practices of EAL/D learners.

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CrowdFlik on edshelf

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This page has information about CrowdFlik: Crowd-Powered Video

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This app is based on a really innovative idea, where people can share their videos of the same event and put multiple perspectives together. This could be really interesting to explore how students interpret or experience events in different ways. Presents access issues as it is only an iPhone app.

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Holistic Planning and Teaching Framework

The Framework is a way of organising information and encourages users to explore a topic from a wider viewpoint to make it more relevant for Indigenous students.

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This Framework was introduced to us during EDUC2090 and is a really useful resource in the classroom to engage students in exploring different perspectives and relationships.

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Cultural Connections Booklet

Support for understanding key topics surrounding 'respect for diversity' and 'cultural competency'.

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A powerful resource that unpacks cultural diversity in relation to ourselves as teachers, relationships we develop and the environments and resources we use and create.

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The Little Red Yellow Black Website-an introduction to Indigenous Australia

The Little Red Yellow Black Website-an introduction to Indigenous Australia | Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices | Scoop.it
A site for anyone wanting an introduction to the rich history and contemporary culture of Indigenous Australia
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This website contains information pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and includes further information and links to increase understandings, appreciation and involvement.

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30hands: Create & Show What You Know

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Get 30hands: Create & Show What You Know

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This app enables students to capture images and audio and arrange this with text to create stories or presentations. Could be a great way to engage student with telling the story of their home literacy practices and engaging students with multimodal text creation.

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Connecting with students' funds of knowledge to support students engaging with literacy practices | Scoop.it

Blogging platform created by teachers for students.

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This is a great resource for getting students familiar with the process of blogging and allows this to happen in a safe space. Blogging can engage students in sharing their own ideas and relationships to literacy events, acting as an interactive journal tool.

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Measuring Attitude towards reading: A new tool for teachers

McKenna, M., & Kear, D. (1990). Measuring attitude towards reading: A new tool for teachers. The Reading Teacher, 43(9), 626–639.

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This article discusses how a reading attitude survey has been designed and includes the survey which uses Garfield images showing different emotions. This tool could be useful for collecting initial information from students about their feelings towards literacy practices.

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Pathbrite

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Pathbrite Portfolio Learning Platform

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This website offers a free platform through which to create learning portfolios. This would be a great way to collate students' work (can bring in information from google docs, pictures etc.) and share with parents.

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Pearltrees

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Pearltrees is a place for your interests. It lets you organize, explore and share everything you like.
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This online tool can allow students to map out their understandings and create connections between existing and new knowledge. Additionally students can codeswitch during their mapping process.

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Building and Activating Background Knowledge

Teachers can increase students' comprehension by building connections between new content and what students already know.

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This article provides suggestions for how to recognise if students' prior knowledge has been activated and also suggests strategies for activating students' knowledge.

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Background Knowledge: The Glue That Makes Learning Stick

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A chapter on the importance of background knowledge for learning.

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This chapter goes into detail about how teachers can assess students' background knowledge and progresses onto how teachers can build upon this background knowledge to prepare students for learning the required content.

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Funds of Knowledge and Culture

"Family literacy is a way of viewing teaching that builds on the communities in which you teach."

 

Collection of articles and research on funds of knowledge within the classroom.

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A broad array of case studies and ideas surrounding the funds of knowledge students bring with them and how to best build upon this knowledge in our teaching. Also include a observation checklist to gauge what information students bring with them to the classroom.


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