Author: Khyiah Angel

What is your understanding of ‘multimodality’?

(Part 2 of a six-part series on 21st century Literacy) Multimodal text has always been a part of the English curriculum in NSW schools, but since the implementation of the new national Curriculum began in 2014, teachers are hearing a lot more about multimodality. So, what is it? And why does it matter? At its most basic definition, multimodal text refers to a combination of two (or more) modes – for example, text and images. In previous syllabus iterations it was interpreted simply as picture books. But things have changed. And to gain a more comprehensive understanding of multimodality, and...

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The changing face of literacy

(This is Part ONE of a six-part series on 21st Century literacy). Literacy is changing. As teachers we know this, we see it in our classrooms every day. It is no longer enough to teach kids how to form and interpret marks on a page so they can read and write well enough to become functional members of society because, well, society has changed. So too has the way we interact, communicate, recreate, and source information on a day-to-day basis. There is so much more involved in becoming literate functioning members of society now than there was even 20...

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Pokemon Go: What’s the Story?

Pokémon Go has a lot of teachers shaking their heads in bewilderment (at least, those teachers who are not playing the game themselves). Available statistics so far suggest that the game is now close to twenty-four-million daily users, surpassing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, in popularity and traffic. And this weekend just gone (31st July), the game hit 100-million downloads. One. Hundred. MILLION. The game has captured the imagination of players across all demographics, from the elderly gentleman I was chatting to in the theatre foyer during intermission of Wicked who told me he’d just hatched a Pikachu, to...

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