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Plan to use technologies to support student engagement and learning. Identify how you can use technologies to remove barriers, support collaboration, personalised learning, and provide authentic learning experiences.

When planning student writing identify the learning outcomes with your students, then the digital technologies that will best support these. Digital technologies can support student collaboration, inclusion, and reflection.

Goal setting and reflection: Literacy learning supported by Google docs
Students share how they record their literacy goals and reflections on Google docs, which are shared with their teacher and peers. They describe the benefits of using this tool for collaboration, ease of access, and specific feedback.

Stop motion animation to promote literacy
Sue Martin uses stop motion animation with her students to promote narrative skills, particularly sequencing and retelling. After teaching them how, her students now work independently during reading time in the animation corner for about 10-15 minutes at a time. She encourages student self and peer reflection by asking questions at the end of each session. Parents provide positive feedback via the class blog.

Raising student writing levels using Google docs
Vimi Chandra explains her teacher inquiry aimed at raising the writing levels of targeted students. Vimi comments, "There was explicit teaching in the set up of Google docs, and now it’s just taken off." Students in Vimi's class explain how they work collaboratively using Google docs, and the benefits of this collaboration for their learning.

More examples of improving student writing using digital technologies

For more examples of using digital technologies to support student writing:

  • use the filters in the School stories tab to find relevant videos
  • read the Snapshots of learning.

Plan opportunities for to students to record their speech and listen to how they sound to support building fluency and phrasing.

Improving oral language and writing with Photostory
Irongate School teacher, Marion Croad, describes the improvements in her New Entrant students' written and oral language as a result of using Photostory. The majority of the students are Māori and Pacific Islanders with English as a second language. Using a tuakana-teina approach students worked alongside a Year 5/6 buddy who supported them with their learning.

More examples of improving student writing using digital technologies

For more examples of using digital technologies to support student writing:

  • use the filters in the School stories tab to find relevant videos
  • read the Snapshots of learning.

Text-to-speech and screen readers are useful tools for reducing barriers to accessing content. They can be useful for all students, not just learners with additional needs.

Student ownership of reading goals supported by QR codes
Konini School teacher, Vicki Pimenta shares her approach to using the literacy progressions and raising student achievement in reading. By including student voice and encouraging the students to know where they were and what their next step was going to be students own their learning. In the classroom she uses QR codes to help them with this.

Supporting ESOL students to read independently
School librarian, Kim Bizo explains how the Lexile reading programme supports ESOL students to read independently with comprehension. Parent meetings are provided to explain the programme and provides a useful tool for parents to engage with their child's learning.

Improving fluency and phrasing using iPad apps
Junior school teacher, Denise Stanisich talks about her teacher inquiry focusing on raising student achievement in fluency and phrasing. She explains how she used various iPad apps in this process. The tools enabled student collaboration and reflection. Denise comments, "I feel using the different apps on the iPad has given children a lot more room for creativity to share with other children in the class."

More examples of improving student writing using digital technologies

For more examples of using digital technologies to support student writing:

  • use the filters in the School stories tab to find relevant videos
  • read the Snapshots of learning.
Key resource

Instructional series

English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

Using Prezi to collaborate
Nigel Mitchell, HOD English at Tawa College, and students in his class talk about the benefits of using Prezi meeting  to collaborate and take control of their own learning. Using the Internet and solo taxonomy students are involved in thinking about and selecting the information they want. Using this tool has allowed him to guide what students are doing rather than be the expert. 

Beginning to use ICTs to enhance learning
Teacher, Liz Dench, and a student, from Hillcrest High School, discuss accessing how using technologies expands learning. Students can search the web for information and bring content alive watching video clips.

Teacher inquiry into improving NCEA learning outcomes
Teresa Cargo, Deputy Principal Sacred Heart Girls College, shares her teacher inquiry into using video with her Year 13 students to improve students' ability to present social and informative speeches. Teresa found using video cameras to support student reflection led to a large shift in student achievement. 

More examples of improving student writing using digital technologies

For more examples of using digital technologies to support student writing:

  • use the filters in the School stories tab to find relevant videos
  • read the Snapshots of learning.

Teacher Kate Friedwald and one of her students share how using writing tools and other collaborative facilities in Google docs has improved student writing.

Key resource

Blended e-learning literacy
This is a group in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) supports the e-learning aspect of raising student achievement in literacy. It has resources, discussions, and ideas available to teachers interested in raising student achievement in literacy through the focused use of e-learning.

Literacy in learning in e-learning contexts

TLRI logo

Literacy learning in e-learning contexts is a research project funded by the Ministry of Education through the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) . TRLI grant holders are: Vince Ham, Ann Hatherly (CORE Education), Sue McDowall (NZCER) and Ronnie Davey (University of Canterbury).

The project

Students reading

Academic researchers and teachers from early childhood education (ECE) centres, primary schools, and secondary schools worked collaboratively to re-examine data from archived action research inquiries in order to highlight how literacy learning can take place in e-learning contexts.

The project aims

The aims of the project were to:

  • help fill the gaps in the current research literature on e-learning as contexts for literacy learning
  • collectively theorise some of the literacy e-learning connections and effective teaching processes that are operating in New Zealand schools and early childhood centres.

For the purposes of the project, the teachers and researchers have used Luke and Freebody's Four Resources Model as a framework for literacy analysis. This model suggests that to be considered literate in an increasingly globalised and technological world, students need to learn how to:

  • decode and encode texts (audio, gestural, spacial, visual and multimodal, and printed texts)
  • make meaning from and compose texts
  • use texts for particular purposes, and in particular social and cultural contexts
  • critique, evaluate, and transform texts.

Find out more about the Four Resources Model for Literacy at:

Read more on the project and view the project report, Literacy learning in e-learning contexts: Mining the New Zealand action research evidence .

For more information contact: Sue McDowall, NZCER email: sue.mcdowall@nzcer.org.nz

Follow the links below to view the individual teacher-researchers' projects and analysis.

Clair Amos
Carol Marks
Chris Bradbeer
Helen Rennie-Younger

Literacy learning in e-learning contexts

Clair Amos

Carol Marks

Learning journals and the nature of student reflection

Chris Bradbeer

Literacy learning in e-learning contexts

Helen Rennie-Younger

Lynne Paul and Margie Meleisea
Dorothy Burt
Marion Lumley
Mere Ngapo

Nayland Kindergarten literacy in an e-learning context

Lynne Paul and Margie Meleisea

Dorothy Burt

Literacy learning in an e-learning context

Marion Lumley

Literacy learning in e-learning contexts

Mere Ngapo

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Kid Pix

Students at Sunnybrae Normal School used Kid Pix and iMovie to record and share experiences, ideas, and information during an inquiry about kiwi conservation.

Tags: English, Science, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Lower primary, Primary

Keynote

Students at Sunnybrae Normal School in Auckland improved their literacy skills, and explored connections between oral, written, and visual language by creating digital texts.

Tags: English, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary

FrameByFrame and iMovie

Students at Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten in Auckland improved their storytelling by producing and sharing their stories with the help of animation software.

Tags: English, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Lower primary, Primary

KnowledgeNET

Students at Cornwall Park District School became reflective learners by using Learning Journals in KnowledgeNet.

Tags: Assessment, Cross-curricular, English, Learning management systems (LMS), Lower primary, Primary

iPads

Students at Tauranga Primary School used iPads to consolidate their knowledge base, and reinforce learning intentions.

Tags: English, Mathematics and statistics, 1-1 Digital technologies, BYOD, iPads, Lower primary, Primary

Jing

St Mary’s Catholic School in Tauranga trialled a system of online reporting that supported student self assessment, and increased parents’ understanding and involvement in formative assessment.

Tags: Assessment, Effective pedagogy, English, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Primary, Upper primary

2Touch

Students with special learning needs improved their communication skills during circle time through the use of a 2Touch interactive whiteboard.

Tags: Diverse learners, Effective pedagogy, English, Assistive technologies, Interactive displays, Lower primary, Lower secondary, Middle primary, Primary, Secondary, Upper primary, Upper secondary

Quizlet

Students at Ashburton Intermediate in Christchurch developed an understanding of subject specific vocabulary through the use of online flashcards.

Tags: Diverse learners, English, Science, Utilities/tools/gadgets, Primary, Upper primary

Blogger

Students at St Pius X School in Auckland improved their literacy skills and their perceptions of themselves as learners through blogging.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Collaborating using Blogger

Students from Melville Intermediate School used Blogger to share their development of te reo Māori and receive feedback.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Movie Maker

Students from Melville Intermediate prepared and learnt their individual mihi in te reo Māori, then created videos to share their learning using Movie Maker.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Multimedia – video, Primary, Upper primary

Engagement through Blogger

Students at Epsom Girls Grammar School improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.

Tags: English, Blogging, Social media, Secondary, Upper secondary

MyPortfolio2

Students from Mount Roskill Grammar School engaged in shared learning with their peers and subject teachers for NCEA Level 3 English using MyPortfolio.

Tags: Assessment, Effective pedagogy, English, e-Portfolios, Secondary, Upper secondary

iPod Touches and iPads

Students at Kaipara Flats School used mobile devices to help develop their information processing and analysis skills.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Student inquiry, 1-1 Digital technologies, BYOD, iPads, Primary, Upper primary

Skype

Students from Melville Intermediate helped students from neighbouring Broadlands Primary School prepare and learn a short mihi using Skype.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Collaborative tools, Communication, Primary, Upper primary

Viddix

Students at Buckland’s Beach Intermediate created and presented engaging picture books for younger students using the dual-screen player in Viddix, along with other online resources.

Tags: English, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Primary, Upper primary

Spiderscribe

Students from Ashburton Intermediate used mindmapping technologies to prepare and manage the organisation of their report writing.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Interactive/thinking tools, Primary, Upper primary

Animoto

Students from Bayswater School created a video slideshow chronicling events in a school-wide inquiry using Animoto.

Tags: English, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Middle primary, Primary, Upper primary

Inspiration

Students used Inspiration to help clarify ideas, express and justify opinions, and support their presentations. 

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Interactive/thinking tools, Presentation, Lower secondary, Secondary

Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Google Apps

With a vision for improving literacy learning outcomes, Houghton Valley School trialed Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Google Apps with their senior classes over 12 months.

Tags: Diverse learners, Effective pedagogy, English, Student inquiry, Teacher inquiry, GAFE, Learning management systems (LMS), Primary, Upper primary

Raising literacy levels

Fendalton Open Air School teachers collected and analysed a range of data to enhance their writing programme and engage learners. 

Tags: English, Teacher inquiry, Collaborative tools, Communication, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Primary

Learner agency

Year 8 teachers at Breens Intermediate, carried out a collaborative inquiry focused on increasing student agency to raise student achievement in literacy, supported by the use of digital technologies.

Tags: English, Teacher inquiry, Blogging, GAFE, Primary, Upper primary

Raising student achievement

Polyfest provided Mangere College with the opportunity to re-think curriculum planning and design to improve student achievement results for NCEA.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Science, Social sciences, The Arts, Visual arts, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Secondary, Upper secondary

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The impact of using Google Apps on literacy learning in the classroom

The impact of using Google Apps on literacy learning in the classroom

Liz Maclennan from Breens Intermediate shares how she is using Google Apps with her students to raise literacy levels, particularly for Māori and Pasifika students, in her classroom.

Goal setting and reflection: Literacy learning supported by Google docs

Goal setting and reflection: Literacy learning supported by Google docs

Students from Breens Intermediate share how they record their literacy goals and reflections on Google docs, which are shared with their teacher and peers.

MCS TV - Using digital technologies to enhance literacy

MCS TV - Using digital technologies to enhance literacy

Principal, Helen Pearson and students discuss how they have used Mahurangi Christian School TV (MCS TV) to enhance literacy in their classroom.

Stop motion animation to promote literacy

Stop motion animation to promote literacy

Sue Martin uses stop motion animation with her students to promote narrative skills, particularly sequencing and retelling. 

Stop motion animation - a tool for all learners

Stop motion animation - a tool for all learners

Sue Martin shares how using stop motion animation with her students has improved student literacy learning outcomes and resulted in more confident learners.

Improving boys' writing using Google docs

Improving boys' writing using Google docs

Anna Swann, from Holy Cross School, explains her teacher inquiry into using Google docs to improve boys writing.

Improving fluency and phrasing using iPad apps

Improving fluency and phrasing using iPad apps

Junior school teacher, Denise Stanisich talks about her teacher inquiry focusing on raising student achievement in fluency and phrasing

Teacher inquiry into improving NCEA learning outcomes

Teacher inquiry into improving NCEA learning outcomes

Teresa Cargo, Deputy Principal Sacred Heart Girls College, shares her teacher inquiry into using video with her year 13 students.

Students create resources to support learners with special needs

Inclusion in the classroom

Students at Houghton Valley School made a book using digital photos with simple captions to help prepare a student needing extra support for their first school camp experience.

Improving written and oral language with multimedia

Improving written and oral language with multimedia

Sally McDougall and her students explain their process for writing book reviews and creating QR codes to share them with the wider community.

Using digital stories to improve student literacy

Using digital stories to improve student literacy

School teacher Natasha Jacobs and students from her Year 5/6 class explain how they create a storywheel that is then digitised and supported with audio narration. 

Improving oral language and writing with Photostory

Improving oral language and writing with Photostory

Irongate School teacher, Marion Croad, describes the improvements in her New Entrant students' written and oral language as a result of using Photostory.

Developing key competencies through writing collaborations

Developing key competencies through writing collaborations

Students from Ruawai Primary School and their teacher talk about how they are developing key competencies through writing collaborations.

Developing digital literacies using Google Apps

Developing digital literacies using Google Apps

The principal of Ruawai Primary School, explains how Google Apps are used to develop digital literacies, creative thinking, and communication skills in a collaborative environment. 

1:1 Netbooks – Allowing excellence in the classroom

1:1 Netbooks – Allowing excellence in the classroom

Tyler, a year 6 student with dyspraxia, uses a netbook to help him write creatively instead of being inhibited by the speed of his handwriting or his ability to form letters. 

Using Storybird to improve literacy skills

Using Storybird to improve literacy skills

Susan Lee, teacher at Te Kura o Kutarere shares how using Storybird in her classroom has made a significant impact on the literacy development of her students

Student ownership of reading goals supported by QR codes

Reading goals supported by QR codes

Konini School teacher, Vicki Pimenta shares her approach to using the literacy progressions and raising student achievement in reading.

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Hillcrest Normal School librarian, Kim Bizo demonstrates and describes the process for making QR codes of book reviews with gifted and talented students. 

Students take ownership of their learning

Students take ownership of their learning

Staff at Te Kura o Kutarere talk about the change in students' attitude to learning that has occurred as a result of using Storybird in the writing process. 

Netbooks - an "onramp" to success in literacy

Netbooks – an "onramp" to success in literacy

Using a netbook, Google docs, and blogging has increased engagement and improved learning outcomes for student Kieren. 

Beginning to use ICTs to enhance learning

Beginning to use ICTs to enhance learning

Teacher Liz Dench and a student, from Hillcrest High School, discuss accessing how using technologies expands learning.

Renewed enthusiasm for reading

Renewed enthusiasm for reading

Teacher Julie Hinman, talks about how the introduction of iPads into her classroom renewed enthusiasm for one of her students in reading. 

Working together: writing with iPads

Writing with iPads

Avondale School teacher, Rae Marsh talks about how using iPad writing app Screen Chomp has made a difference for one of her Year 5 students in learning how to form letters correctly.

Students using Prezi

Using Prezi to collaborate

Nigel Mitchell, HOD English at Tawa College, and students in his class talk about the benefits of using Prezi to collaborate and take control of their own learning

Improving student writing with digital stories

Bilingual digital stories

Primary school teacher, Bridget Harrison talks about using digital stories to support students with English as a second language.

Creating iBooks

Creating iBooks

Teacher, Mihi Morunga and students describe the process of creating iBooks and the benefits these have in the learning process.

Benefits of using laptops in the writing process

Benefits of using laptops in the writing process

Dave McShane, principal at Te Kura o Kutarere, describes how providing students with laptops to use in the writing process has enabled them to engage and sustain their focus on the task.

Teaching digital stories using tuakana-tana

Teaching digital stories using tuakana-teina

Irongate School has a focus on improving student literacy levels particularly for their large population of Māori and Pasifika students.

Improving student writing with digital stories

Improving student writing with digital stories

Bridget Harrison at Kimi Ora Community School shares how her students are using digital stories to scaffold the writing process.

Polyfest as a learning context – English: Create a visual text

Polyfest as a learning context – English: Create a visual text

Mangere College students describe e-posters they designed as part of their visual arts NCEA assessments to reflect their identity and culture.

Removing writing barriers with Google docs and digital technologies

Removing writing barriers

Teacher Kate Friedwald and one of her students share how using writing tools and other collaborative facilities in Google docs has improved student writing.

Improving student writing using blogs

Improving student writing using blogs

Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.

Using an iPad to support independent writing for a student with ADHD

Using an iPad to support independent writing for a student with ADHD

Daniel, a student with ADHD, and his teacher explain how he uses apps on his ipad to support his reading and comprehension. 

Passionfruit – a curriculum integration project

Passionfruit – a curriculum integration project

Sam Cunnane, head of the arts faculty at Fraser High School, talks about an experiment in cross-curricular teaching at secondary school level.

Fraser High School curriculum integration project – students reflect

Fraser High School curriculum integration project – students reflect

Senior secondary students reflect on how their learning has changed at Fraser High School through curriculum integration and the use of authentic contexts as they produced the first issue of Passionfruit magazine.

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Key resources

Literacy progressions
Reading and writing progressions in child friendly language; put together by teachers for teachers and students.

School Journals  and School Journal Story Library
Available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students.

Instructional series

English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

e-books
The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have launched six e-books from the Ready to Read series. These apps, and others, are available on iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices) and are free to download.

Learning progressions App
This free application will help you use the learning progressions frameworks to support teaching and learning. Available from iTunes.

Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano
A website for young people to review New Zealand young adult fiction. It's all Creative Commons licensed.

Integrating language and learning work
The Making Language and Learning Work DVDs demonstrate how to effectively integrate content-area teaching and language learning in mainstream subject classrooms for students from diverse language backgrounds. They show how to integrate effective literacy strategies, and how a range of teachers in different subject areas scaffold language and content area learning. The materials model how to personalise learning by supporting students at different levels of English proficiency in a manageable way in mainstream classes.

Blended e-Learning literacy
This is a group in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) supports the e-Learning aspect of raising student achievement in literacy. It has resources, discussions and ideas available to teachers interested in raising student achievement in literacy through the focused use of e-Learning.

Literacy online
This group is for teachers who have an interest in sharing ideas, resources and issues related to developing teaching and learning programmes for the literacy needs of their learners.

Online community discussions


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