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401/402 Literacy Exploration


Assistive Technology

"Imagine going to work and not being able to do your job. Now imagine that you can't leave your job. Imagine having to do that every day. This is what life is like for children with learning disabilities." (Dr. David Urion, Director,
Neurology and Learning Disabilities Program, Children's Hospital, Boston)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Misunderstood Minds
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/attention.html

Webaim Simulations
http://www.webaim.org/simulations/


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Explore the assistive technologies at this station and on the CAST website http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/


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LEARN: How does it work?

Learning Disabilities & Assistive Technologies
http://www.gatfl.org/ldguide/default.htm




Audio/Podcasting

"Is listening literacy? As a blind person, my answer is a resounding yes! For me, much of each day is filled with auditory reading of Talking Books, email correspondence, news programs on a local radio reading service, and on-line databases at the library” (Dean Tuttle)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Alexandra (Student who is learning ESL)
http://www.tufsdbuilds.org/Audio/Bakala/Alexandra.mp3

Radio WillowWeb - Willowcast #24: Amazing Ants (1st Grade)
http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/shows/Willowcast24.html


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Choose a picture book (with or without words) and use it as the basis for your own audio (mp3) file with Audacity,,then play around with layering the tracks!
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ OR

Garage Band OR
http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/

Try recording from your cell phone directly to your blog with Gcast
http://www.gcast.com/?nr=1&&s=341750759


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LEARN: How does it work?

Scaffolding for Students

Radio WillowWeb: Guides to help make a great Willowcast
http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/RadioWillowWeb.pdf

Teacher Tutorials:
Audacity Quick



Blogs


“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
Edwin Schlossberg

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Twenty-five Days to Make a Difference (10-year-old girl’s blog) http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com/

Students in the Write: The Magical Menagerie at Morse - Mrs.
Groven’s Class Shares Their Hearts of Writing (Early elementary)
http://blog.tufsdbuilds.org/?page_id=70

Room 208 – Bob Sprankle (3rd/4th Grade Multiage Classroom) http://www.bobsprankle.com/blog/C1716715409/index.html

Primary 7v Class Blog
http://carronshore.edublogs.org/


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own blog with Blogger OR
http://www.blogger.com

Edublogs OR
http://www.edublogs.org

Tumblr
http://www.tumblr.com/


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LEARN: How does it work?

Scaffolding for Students

Blogging: It’s Elementary!
http://www.webquest.org/questgarden/lessons/34308-060831081120/

Welcome to Your PBWiki on Blogging
http://concepts.pbwiki.com/


Comics


“Visual genres and mediums now dominate communication; photographs, television, film, video, the internet, cartoons, posters, t-shirts, comics, multi media presentations and computer simulations. Therefore, ‘increasingly, an argument can be mounted that a literate person in contemporary western cultures is, first and foremost, someone who is able to recognise, read, analyse and deploy a variety of visual genres and mediums"
(Schirato & Yell 1996, p. 209)


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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Marengo Story Comics (2nd Grade)
http://homepage.mac.com/adam_bezark/comiclife/

HowToons
http://www.instructables.com/group/howtoons/

Andy Bobyarchick’s Field Trip Comics
http://homepage.mac.com/geopick/Sites/comiclife/

Zam’s Quest Comic Book Maker
http://www.zamsquest.com/comic_maker.php?id=9


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own comic strip with Pikistrips (a.k.a. Comeeko)
http://www.comeeko.com/

OR try one of the sites listed under Comic Creation Sites here:
http://mlc2006.wikispaces.com/Comics+and+Graphic+Novels


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LEARN: How does it work?

Comic Tutorial Dropdown
http://www.between-worlds.com/tutorials/comic_tutorial_dropdown.shtml



Digital Storytelling


“Literacy has always been about using the most powerful cultural tools available to make and communicate meaning. At the present, those tools happen to be multimedia tools that use video, graphics, sound, and traditional text in a hypermedia format. If we or our students don't know how to critically use these tools to their fullest meaning-constructive potential, then we—and they—are illiterate” (Jeff Wilhelm, 2000, p. 7)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Digital Storytelling Presented by Our Students in the Scott County Schools
http://www.dtc.scott.k12.ky.us/technology/digitalstorytelling/studentstories.html

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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own digital story with Bubbleply
http://www.bubbleply.com/default.aspx

You can also use one of the tools listed at the bottom of this page:
http://msugrads.wikispaces.com/Digital+Storytelling

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LEARN: How does it work?

Scaffolding for Students

Blank Storyboard http://www.storycenter.org/memvoice/images/storyboard.pdf

Cookbook (Example Storyboard)
http://www.storycenter.org/memvoice/pages/tutorialstory.html

Teacher Tutorials

Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroom
http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/jan02/banaszewski.htm



Graphic Organizers


“Hyperreading is not only finding and reading what is on the Internet, but learning to make one's own connections in what one finds there, to question the connections (the 'links' that others provide, and to interrogate the silences or absences of the Internet: what is not there (or who is not there)."
(Nicholas Burbules & Thomas Callister, 2000, p. 33)

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Scaffolds & Organizers
http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/scaffolds.html


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own graphic organizer with Gliffy
http://www.gliffy.com/

OR explore these graphic oganizers
http://del.icio.us/chericem/GraphicOrganizers


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LEARN: How does it work?

Visual Literacy.org
http://www.visual-literacy.org/pages/documents.htm



Interactive Maps

“Ok, information is digital. This means that all mediums of information can now be expressed using the same language, binary. Digital (binary) information can easily be taken apart, put back together, mixed and matched, and inventively assembled into unique, value added information products. It’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done, building on the information of others. Today, however, it is more akin to playing with Legos than spending years in research and writing. The act of building new information products is an ongoing experiment in conversation." (David Warlick, 2005, p. 1)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Storymapping Project
http://www.storymapping.org/projects.html


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own interactive map using one of the tools listed
http://msugrads.wikispaces.com/Mashups


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LEARN: How does it work?

How to Use Google Maps (TeacherTube video)
http://mapmashing.wikispaces.com/How+to+Use+Google+Maps

How to Create a Picture with Pop-up Comments in Excel
http://www.frenchteachers.org/technology/excelpopup.pdf



Movies


"First of all, I don't think anyone could claim to be media literate if he or she didn't understand that one of the principle functions of commercial media is not so much the provision of information or entertainment, but the segmentation and packaging of audiences for delivery and sale to advertisers... It's the audience which is the real product of the media, and not the programs." (Len Masterman)

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Examples:
Dead Words Funeral (4th Grade)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQODcdUtmH4

Springfield Public Schools: Projects
http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/movie/

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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own movie with Windows Moviemaker
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

iMovie (Costs $)
http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/

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LEARN: How does it work?

Welcome to Digital Documentaries
http://www.atschool.org/digidocs/

iMovie Tutorials
http://www.apple.com/support/imovie/tutorial/index.html

Windows Movie Maker Help
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/getstarted/default.mspx



PowerPoint


“We live in a hypertextual world and must prepare our students to live in one! This doesn’t mean that literature is dead, or that we won’t read novels or poetry—it just means that these texts will exist in a new writing space, with new possibilities and permutations, sometimes in conjunction with art and video and sound” (Jeff Wilhelm, 2000, p. 6)

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Games (Download the ppt presentations)
http://languagelinks2006.wikispaces.com/Games


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own PowerPoint presentation
http://msugrads.wikispaces.com/PowerPoint+Presentations


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LEARN: How does it work?

PowerPoint In the Classroom
http://www.actden.com/pp/



Scrapbooks


"The foundational competencies of reading, critical interpretation, and composing are more important than ever, and the effective ways of teaching these things are more important than ever. At the same time, these skills have become more complex and more challenging. Now kids need to know how to read traditional text and how to critically read videos, pictures, and graphs. And they must understand how these work together" (Jeff Wilhelm, 2000, p. 7)

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In Search of Shakespeare - Scrappy Scrapbooks (4th grade)
http://www.pbs.org/shakespeare/educators/elementary/casestudy1.html

Escrapbooking
http://escrapbooking.com/projects/index.htm


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?


Create your own scrapbook with Scrapblog
http://scrapblog.com/

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LEARN: How does it work?

Blurb
http://www.blurb.com

MSU Grads Technology
http://msugrads.wikispaces.com/Technology



Search (Advanced)


"As speed becomes essential for the effective use of the new literacies of the Internet and other ICTs, it will be critical to solve the equity issues that result from children who process and communicate information at different rates. Slow readers and writers are challenged within traditional literacies; within the new literacies of the Internet these individuals will be left far behind. The gap between highly literate and literacy challenged individuals will be exacerbated by the new literacies of the Internet. Highly literate individuals will skim webpages, link to other webpages, and generally sift through large amounts of information in a short time. Individuals who read slowly and haltingly will still be evaluating the first screen of information by the time a more rapid reader has already completed the informational task."
(Donald J. Leu, Charles K. Kinzer, et. al, 2004, p. 1597)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Sputtr (see handout also)
http://www.sputtr.com

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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own customized search page with Sputtr http://www.sputtr.com


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LEARN: How does it work?

Teacher Tutorials:
Boolean Primer
http://www.internettutorials.net/boolean.html

Google Guide
http://www.googleguide.com/index.html

Scaffolding for Students:
Noodle Tools http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html

Search Wizard
http://21cif.imsa.edu/tools/locate/



Virtual Environments


“Literacy grants power in any civilization.” (Ken Freed)

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DU – Kjarrett’s Tagged Photos (Education sites in Second Life) http://splashr.com/show/desktop/29304822@N00/DU/25


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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Second Life (Create your own avatar and explore Orientation Island)
http://secondlife.com/


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LEARN: How does it work?


Second Life: Educators Working with Teens
http://simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life:_Educators_Working_with_Teens



Websites & Electronic Portfolios


"And we can't teach kids what they need to know to participate in a hypertextual world unless we come to understand it and make use of it ourselves" (Jeff Wilhelm, 2000, p. 7)

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Use your search skills to locate examples of “good” elementary websites


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Create your own webpage with Google Pages OR
http://pages.google.com/

Nvu OR
http://www.nvu.com/index.php

Roxer
http://www.roxer.com/

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LEARN: How does it work?

Google Page Tutorial
http://paul.maunders.googlepages.com/

Introduction to Nvu
http://learn.dccc.edu/~lori/nvu/

Principles of Good Web Design
http://wrt.syr.edu/tech/profsites/principles.html



Web 2.0 Tools


"Learning to use the tools is not the same thing as using the tools to learn."
(Sandy Hayes)

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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Brochure Creator
http://www.mybrochuremaker.com/
Design brochures and flyers

BubblePLY
http://www.bubbleply.com/default.aspx
Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video.

Create Your Scenario
http://www.kids-space.org/HPT/1a/11a.html
Kids can create their own playscripts

Dumpr
http://www.dumpr.net
Turn Flickr photos into coloring book images (VERY COOL), make them look old, turn them into globes, or add reflections. Print or save to your Flickr account.

FDs Flickr Toys
http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
CD covers, magazines, mosaics, trading cards, etc., for creative assignments.

Generator Blog
http://generatorblog.blogspot.com/
Links to all kinds of fun projects, including creating CD covers, cereal boxes, etc.

Letterpop
http://www.letterpop.com
Make your own newsletters, publish up to 10 online at any one time (without having to create a website).

Motivator
http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/motivator.php
Create your own motivational posters for free.



Wikis


“. . . effective learning experiences will be increasingly dependent on social learning strategies and the ability of a teacher to orchestrate literacy learning opportunities between and among students who know different new literacies. This will distribute knowledge about literacy throughout the classroom . . . . This social learning ability may not come naturally to all students, however, and many will need to be supported in learning how to learn about literacy from one another (Labbo, 1996; Labbo & Kuhn, 1998)" (Donald J. Leu, et. al, p. 1597)

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LOOK: What literacies are involved?

Code Blue (6th Grade) [Information Literacy]
http://codeblue.wikispaces.com/

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PLAY: Why might this matter to students?

Create your own wiki using one of the following sites:

PBWiki
http://pbwiki.com

Pikiwiki
http://pikiwiki.com/ews/index.jsp

Wikispaces
http://wikispaces.com

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LEARN: How does it work?

Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers
http://www.techlearning.com/techlearning/pdf/db_area/archives/TL/2002/10/copyright_chart.pdf