UKLA 2010

Last week I attended the International Conference of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) at the University of Winchester, England.

It is a wonderful place to meet with teachers, advisers, academics from all over the world. It is a chance to catch up with old friends and make new connections.

I will add to this blog over the next few days but to start off with I have recorded four audioboos.

The two days for me started with the keynote speech by Gunther Kress which was entiteld Some thoughts on the future of alphabetic writing. My thoughts and reflections on his keynote are here.

My first workshop was The creative use of Picture Books with KS2 children with Stephanie Laird and Kerenza Ghosh of the University of Roehampton showed us the results of project work with two KS2 classes using Leon and the place between by Grahame Baker-Smith and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey. My audioboo is available here.

My second workshop was Design literacies: Learning and Innovation in digital environments presented by Mary P. Sheridan of  University of Wyoming and Jennifer Rowsell of Brock University. This was a very enlightening presentation and I recommend highly the book Design Literacies released earlier this year. Their research led to them to search for new and digital media producers and investigate how they engage in contemporary creativity and innovation. They sought to find out their logic and their stories. My audioboo is here.

Finally on the first day I went to see Rose Flewitt of the Open University who talked about project researching the use of technology with young children.  The session was entitled Young children developing multimodal literacies in print and digital media. She focused on children of three and four years of age in non maintained settings. There were some significant issues about the provision of the use of technology by practitioners. My audioboo is here.

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