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  • Talking for Success

    Action Research: Talk for Success     Name Of initiators : Think Tank Team   Investigation: To improve and develop the oral language of English language learners and English first language speakers.  Use ICT as a vehicle to motivate and promote Literacy le...

    Tags: oral language, literacy, podcasting, junior blogs

  • Reflective Summary: To Use e-learning as a tool to improve children’s oral language skills.

    School Type St Joseph’s Pleasant Point is a rural catholic school 15 minutes North West of Timaru with a roll of 81. Cluster We are a part of the Aoraki Rural cluster which includes 10 other schools from around South Canterbury. All cluster schools have identified a "Teaching as Inq...

    Tags: Aoraki Rural Cluster, reflective summary, oral language, video, NEMP assessment

  • Mihi Photostory

    Example of a supporting oral language task to practise specific oral language skills.

    Tags: oral language, Photostory, mihi

  • Consistency, Scaffolding And Building On The Skills We Have Gained

    It has always been our intention to keep our focus on doing a few things but doing them very well.  We laid these foundation with our thinking tools with a schedule of introducing DATT at each classroom level and building on this in the following years.  So it has been with ICT.  W...

    Tags: literacy, oral language, voicethread

  • Written, oral and visual language

    A couple of our Year 2 classes are using Kidpix for their daily story writing. They follow basically the same process as in their books - write their name, record their story, write the story and illustrate. By recording the story first, the child can replay it and refer back as they complete th...

    Tags: writing, oral language, visual language

  • Blended e-Learning Literacy

    Blended e-Learning Literacy

    This is a group formed by Jill Hammonds to support the e-Learning aspect of raising student achievement in literacy.  It is the main e-Learning literacy group for Te Toi Tupu Consortium, but is open to all interested in raising student achievement in literacy through focused use of e-Learning.  I...

    Tags: literacy, e-Learning, writing, reading, oral language, visual literacy, digital literacy

  • Oral language

       Oral literacy is a very important, and often overlooked, aspect of our literacy programmes.  We spend a huge amount of our communicating time in speaking, and yet it is writing and reading that take up most of our literacy time component in many classrooms.  Perhaps this ...

    Tags: oral language

  • Assessment eTools

    Mary-Anne and Jill recently hosted a webinar on looking at eTools to assist with the capturing of evidence for literacy achievement across the curriculum.  You can check out the resources and the recording of the session  at this vln link. http://www.vln.school.nz/blog/view/800049/li...

    Tags: literacy, assessment, e-Learning, eTools, literacy assessment, writing, reading, visual language, oral language, communicating

  • Being a presenter

    Whether being a new entrant presenting their first news talk, or a secondary school student presenting a report on an inquiry study, standing up unaided with no props or prompts, can be a daunting task.  The five year old often brings something to show to the class and talk about - maybe s...

    Tags: oral language, presenter, presenting, presentation technique, speaking, audio tools

  • Conversation

    Standing up and presenting may not be a love for all our students, but engaging in conversation certainly can be, and yet only a small amount of time is set aside in many classrooms to engage in conversation.  Perhaps part of this is because we are less able to capture this style of learni...

    Tags: conversation, oral language, speaking