The purpose of this blog is to follow the literacy and technology pilot. Here we will follow the progress of the pilot as we explore resources, try them out in our classrooms, and share our reflections, successes, and questions.
We invite others in the community to share their thoughts and experiences with us as we craft recommendations to improve our students' use of technology to enhance literacy.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Here are some thought provoking articles on meshing technology and literacy. Courtesy of Choice Literacy.
There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.
This is the season when literacy leaders are thinking about
kick-off professional development sessions in the fall, and dusting off
PowerPoint (and Keynote) presentations to be revised or designing new sets of
slides for their audiences. But what would happen to your presentation plans if
you found out PowerPoint presentations were banned at your school? It's a reality many professionals in other fields are
facing. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (and the owner of the Washington Post), banned
PowerPoint presentations more than two years ago. Presenters instead must write
six-page memos, which are read silently by everyone in the group before
discussion begins. Although Amazon has moved to longer written narratives, most
other workplaces that have ditched PowerPoint have moved back to the lowly whiteboard.
Leaders have discovered PowerPoint slides can be a barrier to discussion and
creativity in group settings. It's a
growing trend across many different professions. Andrew Askew, a professor at a physics
forum that banned PowerPoints, explained,
"The communication became a lot more two-way instead of just the
speaker speaking at length for 15, 20 minutes. The audience really started to
come alive, to look up from their laptop computers and actually start
participating in the discussion, which is what we were really trying to
foster." I'm not advocating a ban on PowerPoint presentations
(we've even posted creative ideas recently for students developing
the fact that so many leaders outside education have come to the same
conclusion is great food for thought. If PowerPoint wasn't an option for
back-to-school professional development sessions or presentations to
families, what could you do with a
whiteboard and a few questions to launch a discussion? What would happen
instead of firing up your computer and your LCD, you began with
questions, or a read-aloud? If the thought of open-ended discussions or
the group response to reading is scary, how healthy is your school
community? Jeff Bezos once said, "If I could organize my day just in
pure enjoyment, I would be with other people around a whiteboard." What
day of "pure enjoyment" PD look like for you?
This week we look at options for reader response. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
Founder, Choice Literacy
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