Presentations

It has been a privilege to share my findings with colleagues from different spheres of education. Presentations have included conferences, local authority events and guest lectures.

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Keynotes

Connected Classrooms – Fusing traditional and new literacies
Digital Literacies Conference, University of Greenwich – May 22nd 2014
This keynote explored the ways in which traditional and new literacies can be ‘fused’ to create a curriculum which develops meaningful and relevant literacy practices. It included an exploration of the changing nature of literacies in society and the resulting impact on classroom practice.

Maximising the Potential for Interactions Online
Managing the Safe Use of Social Media and Online Gaming Conference – Capita Conferences – April 30th 2014
This presentation focused on the role of the school in the safe use of social media in society. I also shared practical examples of how I have used social media and technologies to promote a new literacies approach to learning, while taking account of e-safety principles to maximise opportunities for online learning.

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Subject to Change: Social Media, Education and Contentious Literacies
New Literacies, Digital Media and Classroom Teaching Conference, University of Tasmania – September 3rd 2011
This keynote explored the ways in which social media and Web 2.0 technologies have fundamentally changed the way in which young people engage with literacy and meaning making in the real world. I then explored the ways in which various social media are used in society as well as examples of classroom practice which have embedded social networking systems to engage, challenge and inspire learners.

A fixed point in time and pedagogy – Bringing the new into the primary classroom
ESRC Seminar Series: Children’s and young people’s digital literacies in virtual online spaces
Sheffield Hallam University – May 2010
This paper focuses on the changing nature of literacy in our society and how education has remained fixed on traditional notions of literacy within a school setting. In contrast I will present a range of ways I have promoted virtual literacies within my Year 2 classroom through projects linked to the development of new literacies. This includes the use of Twitter as means of developing intergenerational literacy and chroma-key techniques to create children’s imagined worlds in virtual spaces. The paper will also extend the paradigm of New Literacy Studies (Street, 1997) to demonstrate how ‘simulated literacy events’ in a virtual space can transcend into the ‘real’ world to stimulate literacy learning through meaningful contexts.

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Conferences

Multiliteracies in the primary classroom
NATE Inset – Durham University – June 2008
During this presentation I discussed the findings of my initial research into the effects of technological multimodality on writing achievement. I also shared some of the new media activities that I had developed with my class.

Multiliteracies in Action
UKLA International Conference: Identities, Cultures and Literacies- July 2008 at Liverpool Hope University
During this presentation I discussed the findings of my initial research into the effects of technological multimodality on writing achievement. I also shared some of the new media activities that I had developed with my class.

Multiliteracies and Meaningful Learning Contexts
UKLA International Conference: Building Literate Communities - July 2009 at the University of Greenwich
During 2009 I worked with a digital literacies task group to write a series of evidence responses for colleagues such as Sir Jim Rose and Becta. We then presented and snapshots from different classrooms as part of a symposium at the University of Greenwich. My presentation revolved around the use of multiliteracies pedagogy through film, critical literacy and the use of social networking systems (Twitter). Members of the symposium group were: Martin Waller, Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Jackie Marsh.

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More than Animation: Fusing Digital Technologies with New Literacies
Northern Grid Conference – 25th June 2010
During this workshop I talked about how ‘animation projects’ can be expanded to enrich children’s learning through New Literacy Studies and Critical Literacy approaches. I presented a project that is now in its second year and aims to use the Uncle Remus/Brer Rabbit stories as a means of exploring issues such as narrative, media and racial prejudice in an open and contextually driven manner. This project explored animation as a critical practice as well as allowing children to connect with storytellers using video conferencing.

Gardening with Google and other Web 2.0 Technologies
Growing Greener Futures Conference at Holy Trinity Rosehill Primary School – 22nd October 2010

 

An Eye on the Future: Towards a Primary Curriculum for Tomorrow
Northern Grid Conference – 24th June 2011
This short workshop presentation explored the ways in which the primary curriculum can be developed to have an ‘eye on the future’ and embed New Literacy Studies into the ethos of classrooms. It included an exploration of class based film projects and whole school creative learning programmes.

 

Learning to Tweet and Tweeting to Learn – Twitter in the Primary Classroom
UKLA International Conference – University of Chester – Friday 16th July 2011
This acted as an introduction to using Twitter for both professional development and in the classroom. It includes snapshots of practice from the @ClassroomTweets project.

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Multiliteracies Across the Atlantic – Skyping with the Wren’s Nest
UKLA International Conference – University of Chester – Saturday 17th July 2011
This presentation was part of a symposium as part of the Digital Literacies SiG within UKLA. The presentation examined a project that I planned which harnessed social media to collaborate with a museum in the USA. Other members of the symposium were Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Sigrid Jones.

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Negotiating the Blogosphere
New Literacies, Digital Media and Classroom Teaching Conference – University of Tasmania – Saturday 3rd September 2011
This 2 hour workshop explored the ways in which blogging can be used within education. It then included a practical activity where delegates set up their own classroom blogs.

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Training Days

Multimodal and Critical Literacies
Stockton Local Authority Training Da
y – February 2009
As part of the local authority’s remit to promote creative learning I was invited to operate a training day for teachers within the local education authority. The day included an overview of multiliteracies pedagogy, critical literacy and creative learning. Classroom application was discussion and colleagues completed an activity linked to digital storytelling.

 

Lectures

Literacy and ICT
Durham University School of Education - January 2008/2009
This presentation served as an introduction to the nature of digital technologies in the primary literacy curriculum for first year teacher-training students.

Multimodal Literacy
Durham University School of Education – February 2009
This session build on the presentation I gave to first year students at Durham University. It offered a progression by allowing students to think about how theories of multimodality and critical literacy can be embedded in the curriculum.

Changing Literacies
Birmingham City University – January 2011
This session explored how literacy  has evolved in society and how the literacy curriculum can be adapted to take account of new literacy practices.

Upcoming Events

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