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Delivering The New Primary Computing Curriculum.

If school-based, traditional literacies have not changed, then the children of this new century certainly have. They are initiating, appropriating, and establishing changes to literacy practice in a fast and furious manner. These changes, using the groundbreaking and rapidly developing … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy in the Primary School – Blogs, wikis and social bookmarking

Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate, able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Computing … Continue reading

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English as an Additional Language

There are 30 children in the class. A third have spoken English all their lives and speak English at home. Two thirds speak a different language at home and only speak English at school. Most of the latter pupils have … Continue reading

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New Literacies and their affordances

What are the conditions of life for our students in the era of the new, digital media? To return to and extend our earlier argument, as well as being vicarious viewers of movies, today’s learners also play computer games in … Continue reading

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Digital narratives: Telling stories using digital media.

Jacob, a twelve-year old boy, shows me his latest video production: a skateboarding DVD. The title of the DVD, Get Out, refers to a sequence in the video when the skate boarders are chased away from the site where they … Continue reading

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Embracing the Information age paradigm

A number of recent articles dealing with the changing nature of society, students and working practice,  highlight again of the difficulties we face with using computers and other information and communications technologies (ICT) in schools. In the UK,  Labour government … Continue reading

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Using wikis as learning tools

Monty Paul, 2009. (Updated October 2011) The social Web is characterised by the richness of interpersonal experience users enjoy when they use its tools and services. It is this shift in emphasis and a repurposing of the ‘old’ Web spaces … Continue reading

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