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 Waller
Primary School Teacher
Lead Researcher for the Multiliteracies Learning Initiative

Digital technologies provide a range of modes of meaning, which allow learners to communicate and share information in a range of diverse ways for different purposes and audiences. During this presentation I will report findings from ongoing action research in my Year 2 classroom. Multiliteracies, multimodality and critical literacy are at the heart of our curriculum through projects centred on meaningful learning contexts with real-life purpose. Influences of popular culture are embedded in what we do through projects based on film, animation and other new literacy practices. During this presentation I will share work based on a Japanese anime where the children in my class created their own storybook world using digital technologies. The children subverted the original text to incorporate elements of western fairytales and produce their own ‘cross-cultural’ film text. I will also talk about the innovative structures I have developed to aid children in their multimodal analysis. In turn this has had deep effects on writing achievement as the children reshape, reconfigure and combine modes to make new meaning with real audience and purpose in mind.

 Hope to see some of you there!

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