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SOME IDEAS
Most schools will have the following programs installed on their computers:

·WORD

oType up any assessments tasks/answers
oFootnote an essay (insert – reference – footnote)
oCreate a whole class story – each child writes a paragraph and then swaps computers to add to the story (a variation on word at a time
story development)
oCreate a resume in preparation for leaving school
oDesign a lunch time menu for the school canteen
·PUBLISHER
oUse the templates for any one of a number of different writing activities.
oCreate a travel brochure for “fair Verona where we set our scene”
oCreate a class newsletter -- link to newspapers and reporting
oMake an invitation to a school event
oCreate a resume in preparation for leaving school
oMake a program for a school event
oDesign a lunch time menu for the school canteen
oDesign a card to send to:
§An author
§A younger/older buddy student
§A character in the book you are reading

·POWERPOINT
1) Create a presentation on:
o· staging King Lear
o· your favourite subject
othe themes of a novel
2) Create a moving story book – link to Picture Book unit, journal writing
3) Create a moving story book – link to Poetry/Creative writing
Create an animated story book.



·EXCEL
Make a graph of all the people who like/dislike Harry Potter
Create a timeline of:

·Events in a novel
o The works of a writer
o Personal goals -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”
o Personal milestones -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”



·EMAIL
1) Establish a buddy class in:
a. The same school
b. A school in the same area
c. A distance education school
d. A school overseas

MOVIE MAKER (free software in XP Operating system)
· Use the “titles” menu to create a digital portfolio of poetry
· Draw a series of pictures in Paint (free drawing software on all computers)
and then animate them.
· Animate a play or story using paint or imported still photos.
· Create an animated story with a digital still camera or webcam
· Take series of still photos using lego/small toys, and painted backdrops and
create an animation of an episode in a novel you read.
· Film a news report of a school event
· Role play interviewing a:
o Character from a novel
o The author of a book
o Politician
· Create your own chat show
· Interview a:
o Sports student prior to and after a school carnival
o Performance student before and after a concert
o An elderly person in your community -- links to a unit on “Biography”, or “Our Place”
o Debating student before and after a debate
o Make a film clip to accompany a piece of music
· Make a documentary or a mock-umentary
o on exam s at school, sports crazy fans
o An historical event
o A day in the life of a school student
o A day in the life of a teacher
o A school event
· Shoot an expose of:
o Homework: Is it taken seriously?
o School canteen: Promoting healthy eating?
o What kids bring for lunch and what really happens to it?
· Create a short educational film about
o Sun safety
o Saying no to drugs
o How to prevent bullying
o Peer pressure
o Tips and tricks to surviving in the playground
o Handling the pressure of homework
· Record a poetry reading (or a poetry rap)
· Perform and record a short play
· Create a documentary of an historical event using Microsoft® Photo Story and/or Windows Movie Maker
· Create a 30sec commercial
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RESOURCES:

· http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_making_manual
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/getstarted/default.mspx
§ http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001585.shtml
§ http://ali.apple.com/ali_sites/ali/ilifesearch.php
§ http://etc.usf.edu/wireless/plans/lp0055.htm
§ http://www.saskschools.ca/resources/techref/moviemaker/movie.html
§ http://kidsvid.hprtec.org/index.html
§ http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/nisa/moviemaker.htm


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1) CREATE A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY --WEB FORUM or DISCUSSION GROUP or BOOK RAP
a. BOOK RAP
i. Choose a book
ii. Start a discussion or join an existing one
iii. Eg http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoollibraries/teaching/raps/index.htm
iv. Eg http://rite.ed.qut.edu.au/old_oz-teachernet/projects/book-rap/how.html

b. WEB FORUM or DISCUSSION GROUP
i. Start a Yahoo Group or MSN Users Group (it’s free) http://au.groups.yahoo.com/
ii. Start your own Moodle http://moodle.com.au/or http://moodle.org/(a free online
learning development tool)
iii. Conduct an online discussion or debate in real time
1. eg King Lear was a fool.
iv. Conduct a poll
v. Vote on a class issue
vi. Write sn ongoing novel or “Choose your own adventure” story – each person adds tothe story as it goes around vii.
Eg http://www.discover.tased.edu.au/forum/support/vcintro.htm

2) ONLINE LEARNING – webquests, knowledge hunts, and cyberguides
a. Choose a topic, formulate some questions, collect some links and go…..
b. Cyberguides – interactive investigations (guides) to novels and plays
i. Eg http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html
c. Webquests --
i. Eg http://bestwebquests.com/
ii. Eg http://edge-ucator.com/
iii. Eg encouraging reading for meaning
http://www.ozline.com/learning/thinking.html
iv. Eg http://webquest.sdsu.edu/matrix/9-12-Eng.htm
v. Eg http://webct.education.tas.gov.au/SCRIPT/soapoperasB/scripts/serve_home

3) CREATE A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO/DIGITAL STORYBOOK
a. Use the “titles” menu in movie maker to create a digital portfolio of poetry
b. Draw a series of pictures in Paint (free drawing software on all computers) and then animate them.
c. Animate a play or story using paint or imported still photos.
d. Create an animated story with a digital still camera or webcam
e. Picture books in powerpoint/movie maker
i. Animations
ii. Story writng
f. Digital poetry – using powerpoint or movie maker
g. Use Movie Maker, Paint, to create story books, animations, and digital
portfolios
h. Free software
§ PHOTOSTORY – free download from the Microsoft Site
http://www.windowsphotostory.com/#
§ PICASA – free google download – graphics manipulator
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FROM THE SYLLABUS: p 77

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/pdf_doc/english_710_syl.doc

Assessment tasks in English will include tasks with a specified time limit and tasks to be accomplished over a
longer period. They include:

· responses presented in a different type of text and through a combination of modes: for example, converting
prose to script, or using information from a factual text to compose a literary or imaginative text

· prepared and impromptu oral presentations
· written or spoken, short or extended, responses
· listening and viewing tasks: for example, responses to taped stories, films and television programs
· research tasks using information drawn from library, internet, databases and spreadsheets
· reflective tasks: for example, completing a written text, explaining the processes used to produce the text andself-assessing the text
· oral and written critical responses to texts using given or learnt criteria (for example, the strengths and
weaknesses of website designs and functions) and assessing balance and objectivity in texts
· limited-time composition of texts in particular forms for specific contexts (for example, preparation of a twenty-second radio news bulletin)
· extended research, composition and presentation (for example, development of multimedia texts and
presentations)
· identification and analysis of the components of multimodal texts (for example, how sound and visual components work together in a film)
· reading tasks requiring skimming, scanning or close reading
· drafts and completed versions of written texts or representations
· editing texts to remove errors, improve style, shorten, lengthen, or adjust for a different purpose, audience and
context
· collecting portfolios or folders of work with negotiated content and reflections on the learning processes used
· directed reading strategies (for example, cloze)
· imaginative re-creation or extension from a text (for example, writing as a character, creating an additional
incident, interviewing the composer)
· self-assessment of the achievement of outcomes during a series of tasks (for example, collaborative
presentations of an advertising campaign)
· evaluating and challenging views through group discussions of issues (for example, gender in the workplace)
· composition of a folder of everyday and workplace texts such as reports, letters of application, record of interview
· peer evaluation of performance for particular audiences
· composing a visual representation that emphasises a particular point of view
· a multistage task with opportunities for teacher observations at key stages.



FILMSTUDIES RESOURES
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http://englishacademy.voila.net/films.htm