Category Archives: Multiliteracies

Learning how to program is the new literacy

In a recent New Scientist (6 September 2014), Niall Firth describes a major shift in English curriculum and one which raises a number of questions around literacy… He writes: “This month, England is embarking on a big new experiment. Children … Continue reading

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Excellent resource for learning te reo Maori

I have to promote a language resource I just started using – Ian Cormack’s Te Rere o te Reo (The Flow of Language) series, the first book of which is titled Te Hikuwai. It’s awesome! I’ve done my share of … Continue reading

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Numeracy and Literacy concepts

In their book, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice (2007), (designed to help educators improve their abilities to develop young children’s numeracy and literacy), Fleer and Raban make some of the following comments about numeracy and literacy (with regards to … Continue reading

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The Kids Should See This.com: Not-made-for-kids videos for kids

This is pretty neat: “Not-made-for-kids videos for kids.” http://thekidshouldseethis.com/

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Rethinking conversations: the role of the adult is created through the thinking and experiences of the child – Iorio

Jeanne Marie Iorio points out that: “As teachers, researchers, caregivers, and people who take care of children, we are often in conversation with children. Yet, how often do we really spend time thinking about the act of speaking with a child? How do … Continue reading

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Online reading: following an ‘F-pattern’ of reading

I thought this was interesting: Lawrence Quill writes: “Citing a study that examined the habits of Internet users, Bauerlein (2008a) notes that people tend to follow an ‘F-pattern’ of reading when they read online (fast reading), a manner that differs significantly from … Continue reading

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Should I draw for my child? – Kolbe

This can quickly become a point of dissent in early childhood education from what I’ve seen, but I like the approach Ursula Kolbe takes…. She writes: “While I love drawing – and many children know that I do – I … Continue reading

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Noticing light – Kolbe

Another poem Ursula Kolbe connects with her ideas on art education is Silver by Walter de la Mare… she writes: “Reflected light is another wonder that gives great pleasure. Many adults may remember a time when they collected shiny things … Continue reading

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Opportunities to learn that there are different points of view

Ursula Kolbe again… She writes: “As children listen to each other’s ideas and see each other’s work, they have opportunities to learn that there are different points of view. Through exploring a topic in different ways and from different perspectives, … Continue reading

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The Internet, multiple intelligences, and education for democracy

…still enjoying some of John Seely Brown’s work… “Three hundred years ago or so, Descartes’s philosophical stance was ‘I think, therefore I am.’ Within that framework, the more abstract the knowledge is, the better. Knowledge that is decontextualized and disembodied … Continue reading

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