Developing new media based
tools for teachers 2003-2005
The existing Teachers’ Portal
on Kids on the Net was expanded to provide information and
resources for teachers about new forms of writing, including
collaborative online writing and other forms of new media. This
project also produced properly categorised and indexed tools
for making new kinds of interactive hypermedia texts. We designed
the Portal to act as an attractive access ramp for teachers
new to digital writing, whilst at the same time providing a
challenging opportunities for the more sophisticated user.
We continue to support young people in the creation of hypertexts
and other digital writings, hoping to generate a body of exemplar
created by children.
Simon Widdowson, our Digital Teacher-in-Residence worked
directly in schools (online and offline) on practical ICT literacy
projects and also acted as a support and information point
teachers wishing to develop skills and raise standards in using
ICT for literacy.
Selected new projects Dragonsville and Adventure Island were piloted
in schools. These projects have an obvious place in the current
both teachers and pupils and introduce new forms of writing, namely
new media. If you are connected with a school or class in the
and are interested in taking part in any such projects in future,
or are outside the UK and would like to work with schools in the
us directly by email to express an interest.
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