I recently read English at the Crossroads, OFSTED’s latest publication about English. There are some interesting statements about the use of ICT in English with the main thrust being that the most effective schools are the ones that recognised ICT had fundamentally altered reading and writing. As technology changes so do the literacy needs of the children.
As we are just about to launch into a project focusing on boys and writing, these thoughts are particularly pertinent to us. From the research into boys’ writing we have drawn out some common points that seem to have an effect upon their writing and then thought about the sorts of ICT that might support in that area.
Presenting work in different ways – News generator, Glogster, Prezi, Jing, Xtranormal and piclits. There are also a growing number of sites where you can choose an image and incorporate your own text on it. These would be useful for younger children who are writing captions or labels or children who will not write much.
Bridging writing between home and school – blogs and wikis.
Writing as an expert - blogging, creating own wikipedia and creating own websites. If you know of a safe, free place where children can create a website please let me know.
Visual literacy – there are so many suggestions for creating books with images plus the use of film and computer games. There is also the area of graphica and creating comics and cartoon strips online.
What have I missed out?