Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource:

Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource: 

Project summary

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

  • Module 1: Staying motivated about your English. Module 1 introduces students to the importance of one’s motivation and beliefs and how these factors can have an impact on one’s learning.
  • Module 2: Using your English. Module 2 introduces students to opportunities where they might use their English more and how to cope in these situations. This module also alerts users to consider how much they are actually using English in their day-to-day lives and how this might be increased.
  • Module 3: Studying in English. This module covers strategies of value for academic learning, such as, social strategies (learning with groups, friends, etc), cognitive strategies (actual ways to expand knowledge) and metacognitive strategies (ways to organise one’s learning).
  • Module 4: What your lecturers expect of you. In Module 4 advice is provided about the expectations of lecturers. This information focuses in particular on the value of time commitment and exposure to the discipline area through extended reading.
  • Module 5: Strategies for you to try. Module 5 is the longest module and includes strategies for improving the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This module also includes a section on developing one’s vocabulary for better discipline understanding and information literacy.

Find the modules here

Reading
Writing, Grammar & Vocabulary
Listening and Speaking
Plagiarism and Referencing
Activities and Quizzes
Learning and Study skills

Edith Cowan University

University of Melbourne

Macquarie University

Deakin University

What a teacher librarian can do for you

What a teacher librarian can do for you

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Study Skills (Ergo, Diigo)

Research skills
Learn how to improve your skills to get the best information and results.
Study skills
Learn how to stop procrastinating, reduce stress, and get ready for exams

Essay writing skills

Learn how to analyse your question, then plan and write a great essay.

Web 2.0 tools

An interesting week on YouTube and TV

From Lindy Hathaway

Hi all

Lots of good things to see & absorb……for us as well as students!

 

Q & A with Bill Gates

A very interesting Q & A last week from the Sydney Writer’s Festival…and this week a special Q & A with Bill Gates (ABC Tues 28 May 8.30pm). Bill Gates, once again the world’s richest man, Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will answer questions from an audience at the University of NSW, with discussion on investment in global health & development. Gates is “a true global leader and champion for the betterment of society by tackling global health issues” – David Gonski. Gates will also meet with Julia Gillard for discussions on overseas aid.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/bill-gates-to-front-qa-debate-on-health-20130517-2jrh1.html

The primary aims of the Gates Foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. As of May 16, 2013, Bill Gates had donated US$28 billion to the foundation (Bloomberg report). http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc1/201305/programs/FA1207H044D2013-05-28T203300.htm

 

Other great shows coming up on ABC:

Whitlam: the power & the passion – Documentary; 26 May & 2 June 7.30pm.

Cliffy – 26 May 8.30pm. Stars Kevin Harrington as Cliff Young the potato farmer who won the Sydney to Melbourne ultramarathon in 1983.

Paper giants: magazine wars – 2 June & 9 June. Stars Rachel Griffiths as Dulcie Boling, editor of New Idea magazine, and Mandy McElhinney as Nene King, editor of Woman’s Day. The rival Murdoch & Packer empires battle it out for magazine supremacy in the 80s & 90s. The soundtrack will be great!

 

The great Gatsby – opens in Aust. 30 May The reviews might be mixed but the international audiences are loving it – Gatsby is currently top at the international box office. Go Baz!

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/great-gatsby-gamble-pays-off-for-aussie-director-baz-luhrmann/story-fni0b7je-1226647712168

Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack! “… this musical roller coaster mixes electronica, hip-hop and rock with jazz-age sounds into a breathy, sexy, dangerous, electric result.” – The Washington Post The album was produced by Baz Luhrmann and features original new music from artists that span several genres, including Florence + the Machine, The xx, Gotye, Sia, Jack White, U2, Beyoncé, will.i.am, Fergie, and Jay Z. Lana Del Rey’s Young & beautiful is a musical motif repeated throughout the film. Bryan Ferry & his orchestra do Love is the drug 1920s style….go Bryan!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/great-gatsby-soundtrack-track-by-track-521092

Great interview with Baz by Leigh Sales (8 min.). He reflects on the critics, risk-taking, how Australia treats celebrities, and the temptation to simply retire. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-21/baz-luhrmann-on-retirements-temptations-and/4704610

Looking forward to the stage musical of Baz’s Strictly Ballroom which will launch in 2014!

 

Blue Man Group

This innovative, entertaining performance troupe are performing in Sydney in August. The 3 blue men explore our world with a sense of wonder. There’s comedy, experimental music, great percussion & multimedia – but no singing or talking. The show is just awesome and would be great for students from upper primary to senior high – including drama, dance & music students. Themes include science & technology, art, connection to others, information overload, innocence, the outsider, following your bliss. I saw this show in Vegas and loved it and I’m going again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR3ZcTb-PJU&list=PL7F877C0E7333F448&index=1

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/blue-men-are-red-hot-when-it-comes-to-theatre-of-paint-and-ponchos-20130429-2inlq.html

 

Redfern now: series 2

The acclaimed first series won the Most Outstanding Drama award at the Logies. Series 2 will star Ernie Dingo, Aaron Pedersen, Steve Bisley & Craig McLachlan. Some season 1 characters will return – including Wayne Blair, Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell. The 6 episodes will again feature “powerful, heartbreaking & uplifting stories”. Filming has just begun.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/redfern-now-season-2-goes-into-production/

 

Man of steel

A reboot of the Superman series. The film reveals a darker, troubled Clark Kent, who feels alienated because of his special powers and struggles to find his place in life. Directed by Zac Snyder; stars Henry Cavill. Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, Superman’s biological father and a leading scientist on planet Krypton before its destruction. Trailers and SFX look impressive! Opens 27 June.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/

 

Macbeth

A new film adaptation is being made, starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth. Australia’s Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) will direct. The film will be set in the 11th century and use Shakespearean language. It will have significant battle scenes. The role of damn Spot is yet to be announced. To be released 2014.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22354265

 

The mortal instruments: city of bones

Based on the bestselling young adult urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare. Directed by Harald Zwart. Stars Lily Collins (son of Phil) as Clary Fray – the chosen one who battles evil forces in the New York underworld in order to save her mother. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the evil Destroyer. The second film will be City of ashes. The franchise could be as popular as The Hunger Games & Twilight films. Opens 22 August.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-mortal-instruments-city-of-ashes-gets-2014-worldwide-distribution

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538403/

 

And if you haven’t seen Robert Downey Jr and his ironic Iron Man 3 yet…go see it! Good script, big SFX, we see Iron Man struggle with anxiety….and his suit. And Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin and Guy Pearce as the baddie. As good as The Avengers : ) Very entertaining!

 

Cheers

Lindy Hathaway

Dickson College, ACT

http://digitalk.edublogs.org

http://dckclib.wikispaces.com

Lost in a good book: The color purple by Alice Walker

A report from the frontline

I feel a very lucky school librarian at present.  Due to a restructure we have a new TL colleague Glenda, who has brought enthusiasm and skills in Web2.0.  Why do we have a an extra TL?  Because at our school we have a Principal who believes in the importance of TLs to work with students and staff.  Certainly Glenda has hit the ground running and reached out to more staff who are now taking advantage of her skills.  She has introduced staff to Glogster a great presentation tool and is using a Voki

Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.

Both these Web2.0 tools have received an enthusiastic response from students and staff.  Glenda has also been working on our library homepage, wikis and our pathfinders.  She has improved them all so that they look sharp.

Over the last term we have been working with classes on bibliographies, citation, the research process including databases.  As a team we are going into classrooms as well as providing these services in the Library.

We are plugging away at Face-book and Twitter in terms of building up an audience of students and teachers.  However we are using the school portal to promote services to the school population so much so that the portal is known as the Library blog:-)  We get a very good response from both staff and students.

Tricia and I are presenting at the next SLAV conference during a concurrent session on trying to engage students with Social Media – we have 20 students in our facebook group – oh well.

Web 2.0 @olmclibrary

Following on from the facebook fan page and the twitter page Tricia and I had a discussion and we set up a reading wiki and an information wiki.  We will use these pages to communicate and engage with students and teachers.  we have created a new front page for the library on the School Intranet.  It looks something like this….

Welcome toWikidreading You can share your comments and ideas about reading and see what others have to say. In 2009, reading at olmc reached greater heights – more borrowing, more reviews, more discussion. Make sure you are part of this in 2010 Share your reviews here.


Welcome to the olmc library facebook page. Reviews, booktrailers, great links and more from olmclibrary for staff and students

Follow us on twitter for all your reading and information needs
http://wikidlinks.wikispaces.com/ for online resources, Web 2.0 and great links

Our core service is information and reading and we think we have it covered in this simple format.

I had my appraisal of my years self learning project on using Web 2.0 in the classroom and all went well.  My aim for next year is to work in the classroom more with teachers and students using practical web 2.0 applications in assessment and presentation.

Connections SCIS

I enjoy reading Connections from SCIS, it generally has very good content that I can pass on to teachers. I sent a twitter out on twitter for librarians and why a library should be called library and not Learning Resource Centre

I have blogged on the staff wiki about the following article

Do you want kids to be safe online? Loosen those filters!

I am on a mission to spread the word that Draconian filtering at schools is a practice that produces negative outcomes. The time to speak out about such constraints is now!

I am challenging readers to make a New Year’s resolution to work for gaining more internet access for students and faculty members in K–12 schools.

This has long been a mantra with me, and I believe that, as time goes by, the stated reasons for such filtering become harder to justify. Let me hasten to say that I am not campaigning for frivolous surfing at the expense of bandwidth that should be used for educational purposes. I am talking about the kind of filtering, often banning any use of words deemed objectionable, that keeps kids and teachers out of so many great educational resources.  Read More here

The gist of the article is that as educators we must train to be safe and smart internet users and help students to search the internet with a constant and vigilant presence.

Web 3.0

I find it difficult enough to keep up with Web 2.0 let alone consider the possiblity of Web 3.0. Here is an definition of what web3 will be about and to me it seems very logical. GoogleWave certainly seems to be attempting to meet the concept of a one stop site that enables communication and storage. Will we become our web ID, time for some speculative fiction on this subject please.

Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English

Digital Inspiration sums up the differences between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 and provides six related presentations which discuss Web 3.0 in detail. See the diagram here

the above is from itlibrarian

I will use this information on the staff wiki to alert my colleagues to these concepts and re-emphasise the info about google wave and wolframalpha

I also would like to use the staff wiki this week to communicate with my colleagues about how the library is using web 2.0 including our twitter account to promote reading and information.

learning and teaching and the library

At my school i report directly to the Head of Library Service who along with the IT manager sits on the schools learning and teaching group, with the domain leaders, chaired by the vice principal for curriculum.
My Recolo training project is look at web 2.0 and its applications for teaching and learning, with a humanities teacher and the head of IT.

This structure enables the library to place itself in the core of curriculum and teaching and learning within the school. I can bring my ideas and thoughts to Tricia, with whom I collaborate and by whom I am guided, and she is able to place them within the wider school context.

new library home page and twitter

Tricia my boss and head of library service has been concerned about our website for some time. she has been working hard on the portal and our reading pages and wiki. this weekend i decided to have a look at our website and have ended up doing a cut and paste

What I have tried to do is look at the core fuction of the web homepage which is reading and information and make the site work on a one click.
the important reading sites such as the VPRCare on the front page as are the subscription internet resources sites such as the Age digital library and online encyclopedias. StudySkills is one click away, as are teacher resources and our weblinks page. This makes for a site that is very easy to navigate and has functionality and gives it a web 2.0 flavour.
As we are emphasising the book wiki i wondered if i might not see what Tricia thought about setting up a twitter which we could use to promote new books and information links. I have noticed over the last few weeks that the girls are now starting to get onto twitter. I quickly set up a twitter and have added some updates to give the tweets a bookish flavour. I like the idea of girls clicking onto the account and following us.

transparency on the web

From Will Richardson

In Gary Hamel’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, The Facebook Generation vs. The Fortune 500, he writes

Contribution counts for more than credentials. When you post a video to YouTube, no one asks you if you went to film school. When you write a blog, no one cares whether you have a journalism degree. Position, title, and academic degrees—none of the usual status differentiators carry much weight online. On the Web, what counts is not your resume, but what you can contribute.

http://weblogg-ed.com/2009/leadership-transparency/