digital media in the classroom

Shadows in the sunshine – digital story

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IWB Activity Outline – The Lost Thing


Catherine and I put together this IWB activity.

screen shot lost thing


Lesson outline:

Aim: to investigate how shot distance effects the emotional connection with viewer/reader


Shaun Tan The Lost Thing – film clip from YouTube

IWB notebook file: images, drag and drop answers and animated reveal answers.

Whole class activity/discussion, with some students interacting with the IWB

1. Watch the entire film clip on YouTube.

2. Review and pause at images that demonstrate close-up, long shot and mid-shot perspectives and discuss feeling of connection.

3. Using IWB slide with a selection of three different camera shot lengths, students drag and match the shot length description to the image. To check if answers are correct, students tap on image, which fades out to reveal answer and an explanation of that camera shot length.

4. Discuss each shot length and the connection experienced by viewer for each image.

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The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan

The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan Film link

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Scoop It – the chalk face K-6

I am creating a page – the chalk face K-6.  I am scooping everything educational that may be of interest to new Primary School Teachers.  You can follow my scoops through the link


digital activities for in class

Having read Kim Pericles’ article about blogging I am inspired to make setting up a blog in class a priority. Her class has been blogging for just over a year and “it has made a huge difference to the way the class is organised, how I teach, how the students learn and how they demonstrate their learning” (Pericles, 2008, p. 4).

Digital activities that students can purposefully learn through include:

1. communicating with students across the world through video posting, for example providing and receiving explanations on how to create a particular dance

2. creation of animations using student voices and vokis characters to record a play posting by students to share experiments, excursions and artworks, books read and maths constructions, so that parents can view from home, and keep connected.

Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2),4-6.

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educational blogs

Examples of Australian classroom blogs that would be great to demonstrate an effective class blog to students.


Mrs Bryan’s Bright Bunch is for 5-11 year olds.  This blog has a link to the class teacher email so kids can contact her, as well as a section with recent comments which makes following what’s happening easier. The teacher has also included links to things that the kids have been learning in class so they can practice more, when it fits with their schedule. It also has maths and reading tips as well as sudoko games and practical information about homework and other class housekeeping issues.


The Year 3 Superstars blog is for  ages 5-11 and has been created by a class teacher at Bletchley Park Primary School.

There are post card links to classroom blogs from around the world like Scotland and Canada and links to maths games. There are video posts  and slideshows that highlight student learning and whole class activities, like 3d objects and contractions and times tables. there are links to the students ‘puppet pal poems that they have created.



This is Kim Pericles’ class blog from Belmore South Public School – The Allstars.  I’ve added this so that I can follow how the class learning and teaching environment is shaped by their blog activities.


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Green washing review: the media show

The ‘greenwashing and the media show’ clip shows BP advertising itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company.  Then the entertaining puppets discuss differing points of view to highglight that it’s easy to look sustainable (branding, bright colours and happy music) but that you can’t hide the truth: they discuss the seven sins of greenwashing and show images that conjure feelings of sustainability and then images that show the opposite.

This clip would be a useful tool to show children that everything that they watch and hear online is not necessarily true and they they should use a critical thought process when viewing.  The video also highlighted how you can check what the words of sustainability mean by checking with websites like greener choices.

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New Literacies are…

Literacies are new if they involve ‘new technical stuff and new ethos stuff’ (Knobel & Lankshear, 2009, p.80).  New literacies involve the use of digital apparatus in the creation of social media communication and blogs.  New literacies merge sound and vision and animation and text to create multimodal text which can be shared almost instantly with an infinite audience across the World via the internet. ‘Ethos stuff’ has to do with the mindset through which we choose to view our World (Knobel & Lankshear, 2009, p.80).

New literacies extend language and the ways we communicate.

Knobel, M., &Lankshear, C. (2006). Discussing New Literacies. Language Arts, 84(1), 78-86.

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