Kim Pericles’ article, ‘Happily Blogging @ Belmore South’ as well Diane Barone and Todd E. Wright’s ‘Literacy Instruction with Digital and Media Technologies’ provide insight into engaging ways technology can be implemented in the primary classroom.
- Regarding blogging, Pericles mentions that she gets her students to blog about a myriad of topics to cover a variety of KLAs. She states that students incorporate story maps for different texts to ‘present in a Bubbleshare slideshow’ (Pericles, 2008, p.4) on their blog. This incorporates English content knowledge, sequencing skills and technological knowledge in a way that has an authentic purpose because students from around the globe can compare and share ideas. Pericles states that blogging is interactive and allows students to publish their work for an audience and communicate with the people who read it in a dynamic feedback environment. In this way, effective joint and collaboratively can naturally take place.
Additionally, the Barone and Wright article mentions effective ways to get students familiar with technology and develop ‘New Literacy’ in an authentic and meaningful sense. Provided schools have the funding for personal laptops or there are regularly scheduled computer lab times that are significantly long enough, these can be very effective activities.
- Creating activities revolving around different types of programs for one task is a good way to get children familiar with the fact that computers are not simply for games or one thing. Barone and Wright (2009) talk about using the computer to display the program agenda to students, so they can individually use a thesaurus to ‘learn about related words (p.295), then word processor to use the word in a sentence and finally using programs such as paint to present a visual representation of the new word.
- Instant messenger for collaborative work is another way to incorporate technological skills in the classroom while working towards curriculum goals.
Work on computers and the internet can be very novel and engaging in a way that allows students to interact with things they will need in the future. Good luck to all future teachers trying to implement this in the classroom! Just remember that all work done on the internet conducted by students needs to be monitored and have a set of guidelines and rules.
Barone, D., & Wright, T. E. (2008). Literacy instruction with digital and media technologies. The Reading Teacher, 62(4), 292-302
Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6