WOW!! I am so happy with how the tool is working out and coming together. Now that I have added the blog to the website and have been trialling it with the learners it is so great to see it coming together in practise not just in theory. I have added it to the website and I have also played about with the idea of having a multimodal website.
I want this site to be accessible to all learners and I believe that by having audio along with the words it will grow vocabulary as the learners can hear new words and associate them with the words in front of them as well as removing barriers.
It has been so great to see the resources enhancing reading through mileage but also they are hearing themselves speak out loud and giving themselves feedback so they can reflect on how they can improve. They can continually think about sharing as they are thinking their audience. We are definitely in the earlier stages of this but just in the first two weeks I have seen a shift in the vocabulary getting transferred from the intentional teacher workshops into their blogs.
1. Intentional teacher workshop learning about the different reading strategies
2. Working on the activities on the website to practise the reading strategies
3. Recording your book to upload to the blog
4. Writing the blog post including reading strategies, feedback and book genres
As I mentioned in a recent post, I intend on using the 4 stages to grow vocabulary and increase the learner's ability to transfer their new vocabulary into their own writing. Making connections between their reading and their writing. After two weeks and putting this system into place I have already seen a shift in the learner's attention and engagement during sessions.
A big reflection from this process is that the learners are getting a lot out of creating activities for the website. This is not an activity that I have brought into the website but I intend on reflecting on this further during the school holidays to see how I can bring this feature into the activities at each stage because my hunch is that the learners are enjoying the activities because they have ownership over them and they are partly learner created. However, a part of this I have to think about is how to make all the resources of a high standard as some learners struggled to create a game that the learners will learn from rather than just being fun.
Let's see how it goes.....
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.