Oral Language

One of the major focuses at Pt England School and the Manaiakalani Cluster of schools is raising student achievement outcomes in literacy. Not only have we been trying all manner of eLearning approaches, but we have also had researchers working alongside us.

In this workshop I will focus on how we have taken advantage of the many opportunities offered by the technologies we have available to us to improve our students' oral language outcomes.

So you will be shown: how we use some of the tools like podcasting, movie making, Voice Thread, animoto, and more; you will be shown the planning and framework that is used to ensure the focus is on oral language; you will be shown examples of student outcomes starting with the 5 year olds and the evidence we have that their oral language HAS improved.

Oral Language NEEDS an audience. So to encourage our students to speak, they need to have someone(s) listening. We need to publish students' oral outcomes in ways that others can listen.

Some musings about this here....

eFellow Research 2007

Two of the projects were on podcasting

Dorothy Burt "The Lure of Podcasting" Report available from this page

Jane Nicholls "Social Software and Authentic Literacy Learning" Report is available on that page - scroll down...

Evidence base

Ours is online.

Meet some kids....

Pt England School Year One
Tamaki Primary Year One

Pt England Podcasters

Sela Year Two, Year Five, Year Six

Year 2 Pt England
Isaara May 2008 and August 2009

Tools for the job

Selecting the right tools for the job is important. Some teachers enjoy this part of the process and are up for any challenge. Others don't and want a simple, straight forward option.

Rather than just talk about the tools, you will see links to find out more about the techie side, but most importantly you will find links to students using them...

One step examples:  These are where you record the students directly into a device or software

Open iMovie > select built in isight camera > record
Examples Year 0, Year One, Year Two,  Year Three, Year Four,
Totally independant Year 2/3

Photo Booth:
Open Photo Booth >
Select Film Strip icon (below) > record

Easispeak microphone:
  (Link to buy one in the sidebar)
Record directly into the microphone >plug into a computer via USB > drag the mp3 file off from there
See an explanation and links to purchasing
Examples Year 0/1, Year 5

Voice Thread
Record directly onto VoiceThread
See links to help sheets for teachers here from VT themselves and here from Suzie Vespers
Examples Year 0, Year 1, Year 2, Year 2/3Year 6

This software
can be used for making sophisticated podcasts or as a very simple audio recording device.
Here are some simple recordings made on Garage Band
Year 2/3 and Year 5/6

Simple movie capturing solutions  (Link to buy Flip video in sidebar)
Some of the very cheap cameras that have recently come onto the market, such as the Flip Video camera, provide wonderful low tech devices for capturing audio that is very easy to publish.  The video option on our still cameras and cell phones is often overlooked too.
Here are some examples filmed with:
Flip Video - Year 3,  Still Camera movie option - Year 5/6

Two or More steps : There are lots of ways of capturing and publishing oral language if teachers are prepared to take on the technological challenge of learning a couple more steps.  All of these I am going to mention require voice to first be captured as an mp3.

Obvious suggestions are using the easispeak mic, GarageBand or Audacity (PC) - or use your cell phone!

First step is to capture your audio and save it as an mp3  then it can be uploaded into any of the following ideas....

Animoto an online (Web 2.0) video creating site.  Upload your photos/KidPix, upload your .mp3, have a coffee while animoto creates your movie
Here are some examples:  Year OneYear Two, Year 5/6

Podcasting:  Creating enhanced podcasts to play on an iPod or any mp3 player - or to upload to a blog.  Use GarageBand or Kid Pix. Lots of Photos/graphics
Here are some examples from Year 5/6

Animasher a Web 2.0 tool
Example from Year 2, Year 6/7

Capzle a Web 2.0 tool
Example from Year 1/2

Hyperstudio a software programme
Example from Year 5, Year 6

I Can Animate:  A software programme
Here are some examples:  Year 5, Year 6

Movie making:  Our research has shown that students who have the opportunity to create movies quickly become better at oral language

Here are some examples from a year 6 class. NB these kids have had the opportunity to make movies since they started school as five year olds!

Earthrace, Room 18 are Hiring, Meeting Will Smith, Interviewing the Prime Minister

Workshop attendees - as promised this was uploaded before the Hui ended :) Flip video at its best. Shame about the audio track!!