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  • Jill Hammonds 23 Oct 2013 7:43pm () in Introducing...the Central South community online

    Welcome to Lauren, James and Megan who have joined the community this week.  We are looking forward to your input into the sessions this week in Plamerston North.  There are some great things happening at your school, and I'd love to be there to join with the sharing of experience and expertise, but I'll be in Lower Hutt for their session. Have a great day.

    Cheers, Jill

  • Jill Hammonds 23 Oct 2013 7:34pm () in apps / goggle / daily five

    Hi Sue,

    Great to see you in here and I hope that over the next few weeks people will stop in and add their ideas for use of iPads in reading.  There are so many great apps that allow for students to speak, read aloud, enact scenes, tell tales etc that would be great for supporting the reading programme.  There are also several iPad groups in the VLN so just do a search for them and you'll find a wealth of knowledge in here.  One of the groups has several hundred members and plenty of activity.

    In addition to the iPad apps, there is also much reading online that can be done within your browser.  Sites such as How Stuff Works and Enchanted Learning can be great and provide opportunities to read following hyperlinks for further information.

    For more ideas you could also check out the reading section of my Blended e-Learning Literacy group.  For your older students the LEARNZ fieldtrips provide great online reading.  You can sign up for free but if you want to take a peek at past fieldtrips which are still available you can use learnzforlit as both username and password until the end of October.  Better check it out soon.

    What web 2 tools and apps do other people use as their favourites for reading, and what other reading sites appeal to students?

    Cheers, Jill

  • Jill Hammonds 25 Sep 2013 2:41pm () in Devils Advocate... Beyond BYOD

    Oh, and I did intend to add on the end of that post, that we have Derek Wenmoth preparing a short presentation that just fits so well with this discussion, that will be shared during our sessions on October 24.  Something to look forward to, but I won't give away the show here.

  • Jill Hammonds 25 Sep 2013 2:38pm () in Devils Advocate... Beyond BYOD

    Hi Pat, Tessa and Leigh,

    This is a really interesting discussion and one I hope we will have time to continue in our face to face meetings on October 24.  When I read your first post before Tessa's wonderful reply with so much more to follow up on, I had an intention to respond when I got a moment.  Now the reply seems to need so much more response that it's become a daunting task.  However, with the thought that this can be part of a multi part response I thought I'd chip away at only part of the dialogue today.

    This whole business of evidence for the view that technology really makes a difference is one that I see as sonewhat fraught.  If we are looking for evidence, we only have the evidence of what has been tried so far, but I'm always left with the feeling that so much more is possible than has been achieved to date.  Therefore if we need to be evidence based, we may lose some of the ability to dream and see wider possibilities.  These possibilities require so much more than just the addition of technologies - they need a revolution in the way we teach, and they need to go alongside a pedagogy that puts the student at the centre with responsive teacher practice enabling students to achieve more.

    I think back to decades ago when the internet was seen as having value for teaching, but where many teachers looked to the vast body of text that was available for students to access more easily than the one book in the library.  For me, more text was not what the internet was about.  Rather it was about putting students in touch with people with the same interests, or with knowledge of the topic, or who lived in the situations about which we were studying.  Hence on websites I was looking for people to contact via the website to extend the learning through conversation made available through the technologies.

    In many instances, I noted that it was the glamour of the technologies that created the buzz, where for me I just wanted to use the tools for the learning I was engaging in with my students.  Making a video or creating a voki never spun my wheels, but being able to use the video camera to capture and replay for further enlightenment certainly did.  It was not about being able to use the tools for doing what we had always done just in another form, it was about being able to do what previously we were not able to do.  In this, it required a new pedagogy in order to support the learning we want to see happen.

    As another example, it seems weird to me that we still employ reader/writers for students who need assistance with this aspect of sitting exams.  Why, when we have text read software, and eTools that enable us to talk our thoughts rather than always write them?  Surely it is cheaper to provide a quiet exam space for any assessments that require exam format (another big conversation LOL).  Oh, but then of course it would open exams up to cheating -but shouldn't that be what we reward rather than penalise.  Shouldn't students have to show that they can access information and use it to create an arguement/develop an opinion, or translate into creating a product.  Information is not the currency today - being able to use it in a timely manner to create something new is what we should be educating for and rewarding in our classrooms.  Imagine how successful TradeMe would have become if they had just set up an online version of the classifieds?  It's not about replacement, it about revolutionising how we teach.

    So, pedagogy / androgogy?  Teaching / learning?  I believe teachers will always be the most important technology in the classroom, holding the power to empower or disempower through the strategies they employ. More than ever we need to work in ways that make our students independent, resourceful, skillful, innovative, self motivated, collaborative, reflective AND enabled.  Students need our help and motivation for that.  We need to be in there boots and all with them.  We and they need to be intrinsically monitoring and assessing and  goal setting around the processes that will make them powerful learners.  The more we get into this mode of learning, the more we will start to create evidence for the potential of technology use in learning - however, I don't think it will be able to be reported unless we use the technologies beyond pivot tables. Wink

    Cheers, Jill

  • Jill Hammonds 17 Sep 2013 10:34am () in Audio files in Social Sciences and Languages

    This discussion was started by John as a message to me, but it seemed more likely to get response here, so I have transferred it across.  I look forward to people sharing their use of audio tools, particularly in a secondary context.

    Hi Jill.

    I'm interested in hearing from colleagues who are using audio files in Social Sciences and Languages as an additional tool to enhannce E learning. I would be glad to find out more about the work you are doing and would love to get my hands on any professional readings on this subject.

    Kind regards.
    John Bower

  • Jill Hammonds 14 Sep 2013 9:59am () in e-learning support for pre reading, letter, sound recognition, and formation.

    Hi Anne,

    I guess the attitude towards paid apps highlights the problem for many schools.  They are still in the "add on" thinking, and therefore buying apps is an additional drain on the budget.  However we need to get into "replace" thinking with technology, and work out what the new enables us to drop off the old ways of working.  With the amount of free online reading material available in both eBooks such as Storybird, and general reading via websites (supported by text read software such as Natural Readers), we no longer need to spend as much money on books, or social studies picture packs, science cards, maths games etc., because these resources can be supplemented freely online.  LEARNZ Virtual Fieldtrips are one such example of the free resources that are educationally sound and wonderful learning experiences which could replace some science information resources.  Check out my Reading section on LEARNZ for ideas on how to use this resource of previous and upcoming trips.  I'm not advocating no books or resources, but I do strongly advocate that schools think anew about how much of each they purchase so that they have some budget for paid apps and online resources.  So saying there are still plenty of great free apps which can be a large part of what we use.  I still love apps like Pic Collage and Popplet Lite that are open to rich creativity and much more thinking on the part of the children.

    Cheers, Jill

  • Jill Hammonds 02 Sep 2013 3:43pm () in What audio and video tools do you use in your classroom?

    As part of the oral language sections, it is great to build up a repertoire of audio and video tools for use in classrooms.  These may be housed on computers, iPads, iPods or other technology devices, but all are worthy of sharing here.  It is helpful if you can include any relevant links and some information on how you have used the tools.

  • Jill Hammonds 12 Aug 2013 7:37am () in Reading eBooks

    Hi Lyn,

    The other possibility, good for linking reading and writing, is Storybird.  Here you can find both high quality eBooks and other children's efforts.  Both have merit in a literacy proramme.  You can combine this with text read software for read alongs.  Natural Readers is a free download text read software that I use a lot to support reading on laptops, and Leigh has set out how to have text read aloud on the iPads.  Most devices have built in text read accessibility options.

  • Jill Hammonds 11 Aug 2013 1:31pm () in What do we want from our Literacy Online Community Membership?

    This is a discussion set up to gain community voice about what you want to gain from membership of Literacy Online and how you would like to see people contribute in the various spaces (listserv & VLN).  Please use Reply to have your say.

  • Jill Hammonds 05 Aug 2013 12:21pm () in Literacy e-tools for CL 1&2?

    Hi Monika,

    My Learning At School presentation for junior teachers may also have some ideas that would assist this school.  It is based around raising student achievement in literacy, and talks about the fact that we need to get the horse back in front of the cart, by coming from the particular learning intentions we have for student writing, to then choose relevant technologies and software etc. rathern than coming from a specific tool and working out what to do with it.  You can access the Google presentation here and you may also like to check out my Junior Classes Wiki - its not hugely up to date anymore but there may still be useful things there for this school.

    Cheers, Jill

Jill Hammonds

I'm a retired National Facilitator who worked for CORE Education in Achieve and e-Literacy. In my life beyond education I am wife to Jim, mother to Andrew & David, and "Granny Jill" to Eleanor, Marshall, Edith, Oliver and Chloe.