New Literacy Studies 1 – Is the damage already done?

One of my main areas of interest/despair is the way in which the National Literacy Strategy has led to a narrow conception of what literacy actually is and how it should be taught in schools. I regularly talk about the way the strategy has focused on the acquisition of print-based decoding skills, completely ignoring multimodal analysis/production skills (even speaking and listening), which has in turn led teachers to believe that the idea of ‘schooled-literacy’ is

Opening eyes…

Every so often you come across something new. It opens your eyes to a culture or world that you have little experience or understanding of. At the same time¬† it can fit with issues you have been thinking about and open your mind to new possibilities. Sounds very dramatic… I will explain. My Sky+HD box has a service called Sky Anytime which automatically records what it describes as unmissable TV to watch anytime that I

Multiliteracies from MultiMartin

I have finally got around to uploading the paper I presented at the UKLA Conference earlier in the month. It was presented as part of a symposium about integrating digital worlds in the classroom with Lynda Graham, Angela Colvert and Jackie Marsh. The paper explores some of the work that Orange Class has completed over the past year in relation to film making, animation as a critical practice and the use of Twitter as a

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

Influences of expression…

Two blog posts in one day. The reason… on Friday night I had the pleasure of watching Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam at the Newcastle Arena and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. This is not a traditional ‘circus’ with random disjointed acts and a faint smell of sawdust. Quidam contains a strong narrative which is enhanced by stunning visuals, changing settings, vocals and a powerful musical score… a live multimodal big

A High School Grumble

I have never subscribed to the notion of popular culture and new technologies bringing about a ‘toxic childhood.’ I have always believed (and still do believe) that schooled literacy should take account of new and varied literacy practices so that children can make meaning through the modes that society provides. However, yesterday I visited ‘Toys ‘R Us’ (a different story) and was greeted by a huge multimodal display that incorporated the brand of High School