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Dennis OConnor

Why the Step by Step Approach? - ipl2 A+ Research & Writing - 3 views

  • Before you can start writing, you have to explore the subject to find a topic, locate relevant information, analyze the issues and organize your arguments. These activities take more time and require different skills than the final step—writing the paper. And many students haven't had a lot of formal training in how to do research and prepare information for writing a "research paper."
Dennis OConnor

21st Century Literacy - 3 views

    Teaching digital literacy, information literacy, citizenship literacy via journalism lessons and resources for 7-12 grade students. I like the combination of writing journalism with the deep thinking skills needed for information fluency.
Dennis OConnor

Electronic Literature - 0 views

  • This is a beta-launch. I would like to work directly with some high school/college classes to refine the exercises. Please contact me at deenalarsen AT
    Electronic literature uses links, images, sound, navigation, as well as text to convey meaning. Electronic literature is ergodic, and thus it is up to the reader to piece together the materials as the reader goes through the work. Elit 101explains how these elements work to convey meaning and provides examples and exercises for each element.
Dennis OConnor

Reading, writing, and emoticons ;) - Connect! Summer 2007 - College of Education and Hu... - 0 views

  • This so-called “media-sphere” refers to a brave new world of communications built primarily around Web 2.0 technologies, which allow users to go beyond simply accessing information and relying on programmers to create Internet content, to composing their own information. Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia collaboratively written by anyone who wants to contribute, and Web-logs (blogs) are two of the better-known examples.
  • Writing as entertainment

    According to a 2005 report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 33 percent of all American Internet users between 12 and 17 years of age have created or worked on Web pages or blogs for groups, friends, or school assignments. Seventy-five percent use IM, and 55 percent use social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace.

  • The ability to communicate multimodally is a true skill, O’Brien says. “A digitally literate person is somebody who can successfully transform the processes and the texts to understand or be understood much better than traditional print literacy would allow.”
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  • For descriptions of Web 2.0 tools and other examples of student work, see Beach’s Web site,
    Interesting piece on writing in the web-2.0 environment.
Dennis OConnor

10 Digital Writing Opportunities You Probably Know and 10 You Probably Don't | ICT in m... - 0 views

  • On Thursday I finally had some time to sit with our Key Stage 2 (junior) literacy coordinator and talk about how technology can support writing outcomes for the Primary Framework for Literacy.
  • 10 - Myths and Legends Story Creator 2 - a free online version of Kar2ouche that focuses on a specific story type. Classes can have unique logins and they can record audio and build scenes from a set of graphics, their own images can be imported. A great alternative to Kar2ouche and perfect for the Myths and Legends unit.
  • Wordle - I thought this little tool would be great to analyse written stories in the same way Steve Kirkpatrick has done with his class. A Wordle could be a great way to introduce a text - exploring what is emphasised to help understand the type of writing it is taken from. Is it instruction, explanation - how can you tell? Another idea is that the children create a poem as a Wordle, it would certainly be challenging the form of conventional poetry.
    I've seen the connection between information fluency and writing since my early work researching in the field. Here's a strong blog post chock full of interesting tool recommendations.
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