A fresh look…

   I haven’t had much time recently to do any work on the Multiliteracies Learning Initiative. The website is getting a considerable amount of daily traffic so I feel the need to add to the content. I’m really lucky to have so many great people willing to work as part of the teacher group and as critical friends.  I think over the next few months we will be able to do some fantastic work. Above is

Injecting SATs with a strong dose of popular culture…

SATs arrived into my classroom this week without fanfare or pre-warning. I won’t teach to the test and I give them little acknowledgement in my class. They are not the backbone of our curriculum, they are an assessment tool and nothing more. My class entered the classroom to see their desks rearranged in rows (something I had to do). None assumed we were doing tests and instead commented that it was like ‘High School Musical.’ I thought this was

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