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The Social Web for Early Elementary



Shifting Literacy from Individual Expression to Community Involvement






Learning Goals

  1. Provide an overview of the concept of New Media Literacy, its theoretical foundations and development over recent years.

  2. Examine the various new media literacy definitions and related theories.

  3. Provide an in-depth look at a number of free Web 2.0 tools and applications that pre-k educators can use to create standards-based learning experiences that are engaging, foster creativity, and relevant to the current and future needs of their students.

  4. Address instructional strategies that enable teachers to promote collaborative, independent, and differentiated learning, adapting to the needs of each learner with a focus on content




The Social Web




21st Century Learners




Talk About New Literacies

Project New Media Literacies



2009 K-12 Horizon Report

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Framework for 21st Century Learning

ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)

MacArthur Foundation's Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project PDF

NSF Fostering Learning in the Networked World PDF

Top Future Trends in Educational Technology and E-learning



Blogs and Wikis  



What is a Blog?

  • Blog is short for weblog.
  • A blog is a frequent and chronological publication of comments and thoughts on the web.
  • A blog is often updated daily and contains all information that the person maintaining the BLOG (Blogger) wishes to share with the world.


Blogging in the classroom


Effective modeling of blogging

Teachers can effectively model the blogging process for students by developing a blog to post classroom announcements, calendar, newsletter and happenings.  Within a kindergarten room, this might mean simply posting a picture of a paintbrush and the word ‘ART’ on the calendar days that students go to art class. Instead of checking a chart or a bulletin board for this information, students refer to the classroom blog, something they can do at home or at school. A teacher’s blog can become an important and easily accessible resource used to communicate with students, parents, the community, and the world!


  • School-to-Home Communication
  • Announcements
  • Calendar
  • Newsletter
  • Classroom Happenings



  • Reflections or journals
  • Dialogue with peers
  • Communicate with teacher
  • Group work





Building Blocks - Sample Teacher Blog. Additional early elementary class blog examples can be found under the LINKS section of Building Blocks.

Rocks, Rocks, Rocks - Grade 1

First Grade Online - Gayle Berthiaume






How to Start a Classroom Blog, Edublog or School Website





What is a Wiki?

Wiki Basics Pt. 1 from Jeremy Brueck on Vimeo.


  • Wiki is a website that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content usually in a Web browser.
  • Wikis are free online writing spaces.
  • Wikis use simple formatting rules--Like word processing.
  • Authors do not always claim ownership.
  • Wikis are published online.
  • Wikis provide a history and anyone can revisit prior versions of text.


Wikis in Plain English


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Why are Wikis useful?

Wiki Basics Pt. 2 from Jeremy Brueck on Vimeo.


This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.


Using Wikis in the Classroom

  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts

  • Writing Projects

  • Group Projects


Examples and Integration Ideas

  • A wiki “fan club” for you favorite author.

  • A virtual tour of your school as you study “our community.”

  • Collaborative book reviews or author studies.

  • A class “encyclopedia” on a special topic, such as animals or state history.

  • Create a Wikibook.

  • Timeline of American Presidents




Writing in the 21st Century PDF



Digital Storytelling with VoiceThread


Digital Storytelling definition

"Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories."

"While the term "digital storytelling" has been used to describe a wide variety of new media practices, what best describes our approach is its emphasis on first-person narrative, meaningful workshop processes, and participatory production methods."

  • Center for Digital Storytelling


VoiceThread explanation


  • Voicethread is a FREE web-based interactive digital storytelling application.

  • Voicethreads are online slide shows of images, documents, or videos.

  • Voicethreads enable viewers to comment on any slide via text, audio or video comments, or drawing on the image itself.

  • Voicethread can be used to safely publish student work to a global audience on the Internet.

  • Voicethreads can also be shared PRIVATELY with students, families and other classrooms inside and outside your school.


VoiceThread website

"A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam)."



Instructional rationale

"One of the best ways to enhance student learning, boost student achievement, and improve student engagement is to incorporate digital storytelling as an instructional strategy. Students can demonstrate their knowledge of content, develop higher order thinking skills, improve their digital literacy skills, and harness the power of visual literacy in digital storytelling projects"



Kindergarten-2 Voicethread Examples



Eleven Thirteen Fourteen Interesting Ways to use Voicethread in the Classroom






Wesley Fryer's "Teach Digital"

Bill Ferriter's "Using Voicethread for Digital Conversations" (includes printable handouts)

Voicethread 4 Education wiki - comprehensive collection of VoiceThread examples from students and teachers of all ages and groups

VoiceThread Extends the Classroom with Interactive Multimedia Albums - Edutopia article



Interactive White Boards





Great K-3 SMART Board Sites

SMART Board Revolution Ning

Rockingham County Public Schools SMART Board Activities - you'll have to scroll down in the browser to see these.

K-2 templates


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