This year all the pupils in year 6 are using their own iPod in lessons, and they all have their own blog space (http://6aclasswall.posterous.com) as part of our class blog (http://year6scps.posterous.com). In order to make the most of this technology and potential audience we have introduced several new features to the way we teach. One of these developments is the introduction of a weekly “Guest Marker” project (http://guest-markers.posterous.com), where the blog is used to share written work with people from varied and specialist backgrounds who have agreed to provide feedback for the pupils. This is based on an idea discussed in Jim Smith’s excellent Lazy Teacher’s Handbook. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lazy-Teachers-Handbook-Independent/dp/1845902890/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350249196&sr=8-1)
Using Apple TV and an iPad, the App Store was mirrored onto the Interactive Whiteboard. A screenshot of FIFA 2013 and The Room was opened in Skitch. The pupils were asked to highlight and identify language features of persuasive advertisements as the iPad was passed around the children used the highlight tool in Skitch to identify persuasive words, phrases and rhetorical questions.
|FIFA13: Persuasive language in the App Store|
|The Room: Persuasive language in the App Store|
|Identify the Key Features of advertisements in the App Store|
|Template created in Pages for persuasive advert for an app|
The impact and importance of a real and relevant audience has been clear to see in terms of pupil focus, motivation and progress. With this task, the pupils knew they were writing for Katie, they knew exactly who she was and what she did and what was expected.
A selection of 6 completed pieces of work was scanned and posted on the blog (http://guestmarker4.posterous.com/) and Katie returned her feedback via the blog.
|An example of a persuasive piece of writing for the App Store|
|An example of feedback from Katie Hart at 2Simple Software|
An additional impact of this task was that following Katie Hart’s feedback, 2Simple’s award winning educational resource Purple Mash (http://www.purplemash.com/) asked the class to create a video to explain the activity to users of their award winning educational resource. This reinforced the power of the audience and gave the children an opportunity to prepare work for a much greater number of viewers.
|Invitation to create a persuasive video for Purple Mash|
|Success Criteria for Persuasive Writing|
|The Digital Leaders' storyboard|
The video below was created by the Digital Leaders in the school.