I am feeling very invigorated after today’s briefing meeting for the New Technologies, New Stories project that is being run by the English folks over at the DET Curriculum Directorate.
And why wouldn’t I? The focus of the project is the development of teaching resources and lesson sequences to support the integration of ICT into English curriculum – right down my alley :) What I love most about this is that the emphasis is on using ICT as a tool to enrich the curriculum that we are already familiar with, rather than treating technology as an ‘add-on’.
The other thing I love about this project is that we won’t be building resources for applying ICT generally, but instead we are targeting NARRATIVE, and exploring how ICT can be used to enrich the teaching of narrative. I believe English teachers are going to love this. I have run many a workshop now, intorducing general ICT and Web 2.0 tools, and teachers always leave feeling like they have learned someinteresting new things, but not neccessarily with a clear direction for applying their new skills. By placing the teaching of narrative first in this approach teachers will see a strong connection between the technology and the teaching that they already do.
I’ll post again soon with some notes about the sequence of lessons that I am planning for this project. In the meantime, does anyone want to add a comment about how they are using (or would like to use) technology in the teaching of narrative? I’d love to hear your thoughts.