Learning to Tweet or Tweeting to Learn?

After initially being sceptical I have now been bitten by the Twitter bug and hence my lack of blog posts recently. I think part of the reason is Twitter is easier than blogging. You provide a short snapshot of what you are doing and click update – that’s it. It’s interesting to view your timeline after a week just to see what you have (or have not) achieved.  Another huge dimension of Twitter is the community

Rise of the new literacy practices…

One of my favourite television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has finished its current run in America. The general word on the internet is that the show won’t be renewed and the current season was the last. I find the reaction by fans on the internet to this news to be very interesting. Obviously there are various postings on forums providing a voice for the renewal of the series. Online petitions and Facebook groups are

Fighting the Web 2.0 battle…

I have been enjoying the new series of The Apprentice on BBC1, which has at its core the need to be proficient with communication, language and literacy. If you cannot communicate effectively, for a range of purposes and audiences, you quite simply fail. Above is a picture of Margaret Mountford, one of the senior advisors, who is dismayed at her team’s lack of ability to articulate a simple sales pitch. Margaret portrays exactly how I feel after a week

Joomla Juggling

I’m still working on developing four websites using the Joomla content management system and things are starting to get complicated.  The UKLA Learning Today website needs to be finished, packaged up and moved to a different server. The MLI website needs updating with more guidance and information about research and I must remember to keep blogging after the Easter holidays. The most complex problem I am having is with the school website and the Web 2.0

Changing formats…

I’m really pleased with how this blog has turned out and I definitely think that moving it away from the main MLI site gives it a unique identity and more scope so that I don’t always have to talk about literacy theory. I also think it looks more like a blog now! I have taken the opportunity over the past few days to relax and catch a breath. I wrote previously about watching a few

Out with the new… and in with the old?

Over the past few weeks I have had tremendous amounts of work to complete and little time for reflection. It isn’t until you manage to catch a quick breath that you realise how you miss appreciating the little things in life. I have just finished watching the ‘100 Greatest Scary Moments’ on E4 and I remembered my love for horror films. I have been so engrossed in researching and understanding children’s popular culture and literacy

UKLA International Conference 2009

I will be presenting at the UKLA International Conference in July, held at Greenwich University. I will be speaking as part of a symposium with Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Jackie Marsh about teachers and children shaping digital worlds. Here’s my abstract: Multiliteracies and meaningful learning contexts in the primary classroom Martin WallerPrimary School TeacherLead Researcher for the Multiliteracies Learning Initiative Digital technologies provide a range of modes of meaning, which allow learners to communicate