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5.1 Case Studies in School Settings

There are eight Case Studies in school settings: early years (1); primary (4); secondary (2); special school (1). Each study reflects the commitment of the participants to embed digital literacy practices into activities that are at the same time meaningful for them while also being productive of meanings for others.

5.1.1  Case Study 1. Developing digital literacies through movie making. A Head of English and Media at a Special School uses short videos as a method to improve pupils’ communication skills and explores the pedagogical approach which he terms ‘stealth reading and writing’.

5.1.2  Case Study 2. Using hand-held devices to develop digital literacy. A primary teacher with responsibility for ICT used QR codes and hand held devices with his class to create of a location-based fictional narrative in a local community park.

5.1.3  Case Study 3. 21st century show and tell. An English teacher and acting head of Media at a Comprehensive School used video with children with learning difficulties and communication needs to create a set of instructional videos.

5.1.4  Case Study 4. Developing OERs across educational settings. An English and Media teacher at a Comprehensive School worked with students from Years 8, 9 and 10 English and Art classes to created OERs to accompany educational displays at the Magna Science Adventure Centre.

5.1.5  Case Study 5. Developing digital literacies in the Early Years. Two Nursery School teachers used digital technologies, including digital cameras, blogs and iPads, to promote young children’s oral language and encourage children’s participation in reading and writing activities.

5.1.6 Case Study 6. Digital tools to create digital monsters. An ICT teacher at a Primary School, working with a Year 2 class of six- and seven-year-olds, engaged the children in a range of activities, including digital arts and writing.

5.1.7 Case Study 7. Digital reporters at ‘Camp Cardboard. A Primary ICT coordinator  worked with children aged 8 – 10 as reporters on a Children’s Festival event using a range of media.

5.1.8 Case Study 8. ‘Bigger Bloom‘: Digital literacy and creativity. A Primary Assistant Head Teacher involved Year 1 and 2 children using the iPad Brushes app  to create a collaborative mural of flowers and a class blog to write about it.

 Each case study examines the context for digital literacy and reflects on teaching, learning and the development of digital literacy practice.

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