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Keynote presentation to the NZ Adult Literacy Practitioners Association (ALPA) focusing on the potential for ICTs to be used to enable better learning for adult literacy students.

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  • 1. Keynote Presentation to the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association (NZ) Wellington, 22 May, 2009 Derek WenmothDirector, eLearning CORE Education Ltd

2. My reference point Born 16 February 2008 Turned one, 16.2.09 2013 - start school 2023 - sit first NCEA exams 3. What we want for our young people 4. Confident Positive in their own identity Motivated and reliable Resourceful Enterprising and entrepreneurial ResilientSource: NZ Curriculum, 2007 5. Connected Able to relate well to others Effective users of communications tools Connected to the land and environment Members of communities International citizens Source: NZ Curriculum, 2007 6. Actively Involved Participants in a range of life contexts Contributors to the well being of NZSource: NZ Curriculum, 2007 7. Lifelong Learners Literate and numerate Critical and creative thinkers Active seekers, users and creators of knowledge Informed decision makers Source: NZ Curriculum, 2007 8. 21st Century LiteracyThe illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Alvin Toffler 9. The Book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpc7Puo78_o 10. The Digital World Think of the communications technologies that are taken for granted now that werent around when you were at school. 11. New Tools ThenNowNext? Pen Txting/Pxting Virtual reality Chalkboard/ Blogs/Wikis Wearable computers Whiteboard Pod/Vod-casting Ubiquitous identity Banda Data projector Voice recognition Gestetner LMS Agents and avitars 16mm projector IM/SMS Visualisation Slide shows Digital cameras Miniaturisation Telephone iMovie Reusable paper Fax Google Semantic web Library Peer2peer networks PLEs 12. New Tools Then NowNext? Pen Txting/PxtingVirtual reality Chalkboard/ Blogs/WikisWearable computers WhiteboardCoPod/Vod-casting UbUbiquitous identity An BandaDi nniqal giData projectorecVoice recognition ui Gestetner og taLMSte Agents and avitars to 16mm projector Slide shows IM/SMSl dVisualisationus Digital camerasMiniaturisation Telephone iMovie Reusable paper Fax Google Semantic web Library Peer2peer networks PLEs 13. New Literacies Dont you think that our students need to be literate in terms of multimedia, images and sound or theyll be as disadvantaged as we would have been if wed left school without being able to read and write? 14. Comment is Freehttp://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/ewan_mcintosh/2008/02/beyond_the_three_rs.html Less Dickens More Dr Kawashima What constitutes text?novels short storiesplays text messagespoems blogssocialcomics networkinge-mailssitesfilmsgamesTV programmes 15. Responses http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/ewan_mcintosh/2008/02/beyond_the_three_rs.html 16. Touch typing?Touch technologies such as Apples iPhone are changing the way we think about how we interface with technology. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhbaaWBgnk 17. iPhone dispenser iPod dispenser -San Fransisco Airport Mobile technology isnow a readily availableconsumer item 18. ICT & Literacy Development Information literacy Critical literacy Mobile literacy Media literacy and research literacy Cultural literacy Legal literacy Visual literacyhttp://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=4348But dont confuse literacy with ability or competence. 19. Hole in the wall computer kioskChildren quickly figured out howto us computers placed in publicplaces in villages in India - butwhile this demonstratesadaptability and skill, it doesntfollow that they became literate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzPCYCIM8DU 20. Role of TechnologyTechnology changes the way the world works. As technology evolves, so must the skill sets of those who use it. In order to remain competitive tomorrow, todays students need to develop techniques that readily adapt to changes as they occur. http://www.ncrel.org/engauge/skills/engauge21st.pdf 21. New Ways of Writing New tools such as blogs, wikis andGoogle docs provide uniquely newways of giving expression to ourideas and knowledge. The comment feature on blogsopens doors for interactions withothers, and for communities ofthinkers to emerge Wikis and Google docs provide theopportunity for genuinelycollaborative writing and the co-construction of thought andknowledge. 22. New ways of reading E-reading tools such as the Kindle provide the opportunity for thousands of books to be read via a single device. Those books, magazines and articles can quickly and easily be downloaded for viewing, and kept up to date via the online subscription. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myqkadSYT2Q 23. New Ways of ReadingThrough the use of augmented reality, books can be viewed in 3D, with graphics and illustrations coming to life for the reder, adding depths and dimensions to understanding that can supplement the written text. HitLab NZ (based in Christchurch) have produced a range of solutions called magic books, including some for children.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKw_Mp5YkaE 24. New ways of conversing VoiceThread is an exciting online tool that enables conversations to take place in both written and audio formats, providing a media rich alternative to the conventional threaded discussion forum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1--CdU4pljg 25. New Ways of participating Immersive online environments such as Second Life and Playstation Home provide yet another way of interacting with others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyquAXKeEI0 26. Advanced Networks Advanced networks, capable of transferring data at speeds of 100Mb+ are now an essential feature of being connected to a global knowledge economy. See: http://www.karen.net.nz/assets/Uploads/pdfadvancednetworkbackgrounder.PDF 27. Connectivity is keyAcross NZ schools are being linked to high speed networks as part of the roll-out of fibre networks in regional areas. This enables the high speed transfer of data, enabling such things as HD video conferencing between schools, and the virtualisation of servers and services. 28. A National Education Network The Kiwi Advanced Research &Education Network (KAREN)network provides a backbone ofhigh speed connectivity for localschool clusters across NewZealand http://www.karen.net.nz 29. Virtual Learning NetworkThe Virtual Learning Network provides a brokerage of courses and learning opportunities for students across the whole of New Zealand, using both synchronous and asynchronous technologieshttp://www.virtuallearning.school.nz 30. One Schools StoryPoint England School, a low decile school in Auckland, NZ has addressed the issue of low literacy among students through the use of student blogs, podcasts and vodcasts. See for yourself at: http://www.ptengland.school.nz 31. Impact on literacy teaching at PES Gives literacy a purpose authentic audience Integrates ICT with literacy (blogging) Can be time consuming Can cause imbalance in literacy programme Has provided a hook for students and teachers Provides a forum for sharing ideas Provides a forum for reflection on beliefs and practices. 32. Impact on students literacy learning Improvements in student literacy have beenoutstandingReading Y4 and 6 2x expected shift Y7 and 8 achieved at or above expectedlevel Y5, 7&8 made expected shiftWriting Yrs 4 -8 4x expected shift Tongan 1.4x expected shift Samoan 4.5x expected shift Maori 5.2x expected shift 33. Our challenge as educators To what extent are we prepared, as a society and as educators, for the massive changes in human capabilities that digital technologies are likely to enable in the next 13 years? To what extent are our future visions for education based upon assumptions about humanity, society and technology that are no longer valid? To what extent can we, as educators, help to shape the developments of technology in order to enhance human development? http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/opening_education/2020_and_beyond.pdf 34. Thank you Email me: derek@core-ed.net Blog: http://blog.core-ed.net/derek