I have introduced a different format of reading contract. It made a small difference to students as they had all their information there in front of them, except that which they were required to do AFTER seeing me for their lesson.
There was a definite improvement in student engagement, but reading is an area I am using ICT in a minimal fashion. We are currently studying narratives in writing (consequently we are focussing on them in reading as well).
I am a big believer that ICT should not be used for the sake of it, but I am certain that I could better enhance student learning through ICT.
One of my biggest issues is getting students to revisit a text multiple times: they just lose interest. Clearly this is a praxis issue. I am failing to engage them in the examination of texts.
How can ICT be used to enhance this?
We are working on summarising in my two comprehension groups. This ties in perfectly with creating comics.
Students could complete a variety of summarising tasks which require them to work as a team to achieve this.
- Create a movie of the story (taking a section in pairs/threes)
- Retell it using various multi-media
- Create various alternate endings. Students could script a ‘what if’ scenario and then design an alternate ending which they conclude in some form or another.
- Partners work to create a comic
- Focus on an aspect of the text each and represent that in some fashion (e.g. setting/character)
How will you measure success?
The number of complaints and ‘can we read a different one’ statements. Track these over a period of three weeks to see if they will reduce.
Question: will this inform their writing skills?