ETL 411 Assignment 2 Part A ICT Program Proposal

Part A: ICT proposal
Program title: Composers of the Digital Age

 ICT Program Proposal

 Stage 2: Year 3 & 4
Selected Web 2.0 tool for integration: Story Jumper.

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The integration of technology has become an integral part of teaching and learning in today’s education system. This rationale clearly outlines how the web 2.0 tool, Story Jumper can be used effectively within programming to enhance student’s engagement and learning outcomes.

  • Story Jumper is very easy to use – even for those apprehensive teachers.
  • Low literacy achieving students can be engaged and access their learning at their own individual level (Backes, 2012; Combes, 2014). Story Jumper allows for differentiation.
  • Story Jumper allows students to access their previous learning and utilise it to make connections between all key learning areas (Wanago, 2013; Berger & Trexler, 2010).
  • ICT is an area highlighted in the Australia Curriculum that details the need for students to develop efficient skills in the use of ICT. This can be achieved through the integration of technology throughout all key learning areas (ACARA, 2011).
  • By exposing students to interesting ways of creating and publishing texts (through the use of Story Jumper), they will be engaged and develop of love of reading and writing (Ohler, 2008).
  • Story Jumper can be integrated into any teaching and learning program ranging from Kindergarten to year 12. It is because of this flexibility that all student learning abilities are catered for.
  • Story Jumper allows for group work, which in turn builds effective social skills. Students can support and encourage their fellow classmates as they work together to achieve a common goal (Pegrum, 2010, Grennon-Brooks, 2004, Lee & McLoughlin, 2008, Hayes, 2007).
  • The process of Story Jumper provides teachers with an opportunity for integrated assessment (Lee & McLoughlin, 2008).



Background information: Nulkaba Public School is a primary school in the Hunter / Central Coast region; with a current enrolment of 407 students. In S2W there are 27 students: 17 boys and 15 girls. It is a composite stage 2 class with a range of learning abilities. Five students have been identified with expressive and receptive language delay; two students have autism; one student has a FM radio and an itinerant support teacher and one student (who has moved recently to Australia from Thailand) is an EAL/D student. At the start of the year, most students presented with a PM Benchmark reading level in the low 20’s. In recent assessments the majority have reached level 30 plus (all except 5 students). Nulkaba Public School proudly introduced the Accelerated Literacy (AL) program a few years ago. Since its introduction, literacy standards have been high and student’s knowledge integration has benefited. Students are actively engaged in AL as they utilise all areas of English in the one program instead of it being taught in segregation. “Accelerated Literacy doesn’t simply teach spelling, grammar and vocabulary. It also teaches the ways of thinking – the discourses, or cultural knowledge – that underpin what these mean. This knowledge is an essential part of being able to decode text and therefore succeed educationally. When AL is taught effectively, teachers are able to awaken a sense of the ‘what’, the ‘how’, the ‘when’, the ‘where’, and ultimately the ‘why’, of language choices in a text. As a result of AL teaching, students gain control over how to put it all together” (Nalp, 2014).



There are a number of issues that need to be assessed and solutions provided in relation to embedding the Web 2.0 tool ‘Story Jumper’ into a unit of work.

1. School Infrastructure



Availability and   access to technology.
  •   There is one class set of laptops per stage. The classroom teacher   (CT) needs to book (in advance) the laptops for a nominated session to gain   access.
  •   Alternatively, in the library there is a computer lab, the CT can arrange   with the Teacher Librarian to book in a session where access can be granted.
  •   Story Jumper has a unique safety feature, the ‘duration   field’. Setting class duration significantly decreases the chance that   students in a shared computing environment accidentally or intentionally   access other students’ accounts” (Story Jumper, 2014). Because of this   feature, students can only use their account at school. Students are unable   to work on their books unless the class is open by the teacher within their   school environment. Alternatively, parents can unlock this feature to allow   their child to use this within their home. This feature has been added so   that an adult can carefully monitor the work that is being publicly   displayed.

2. Privacy and security



  •   The classroom teacher and the teacher librarian   should be well informed of the DEC Information Security policy.
  •   Classroom teacher or teacher librarian to open   accounts and distribute access information to students.
  •   Students understand the importance of cyber   safety.
  •   Students and parents have signed the school   ‘acceptable use of technology’ policy document. This document includes issues   relating to acceptable use of school ICT, cyber bullying and awareness of   ‘digital footprints’.

3. Teacher



Limited   experience in ICT or lack of knowledge in the integration of web 2.0 tools. Literature reveals that teachers’   attitude and pedagogical beliefs toward technology represent one of the most   critical issues (Ertmer, et al., 2012; Richardson, 1996).

  •   Teacher librarian to run workshops demonstrating the   use of Story Jumper and highlighting the benefits of integrating it within   all key learning areas.
  •   IT specialist to support and encourage the use of   technology within the classroom.
  •   Working collegially as a staff to up skill all staff   members in the use of ICT in the classroom.

4. Time



Finding time   throughout the school week to effectively utilise Story Jumper
  •   Students allowed access to computers outside class time   e.g. at lunch to complete Story Jumper projects.
  •   Designate tasks as homework or projects.

5. Copyright



Copyright   infringes of images sourced from the internet.
  •   Students are informed of copyright.
  •   Encourage students to create their own images.   Opportunity to integrate art lessons with technology: create an artwork/   illustration for their story, then scan and insert the image into their   online book.




Curriculum Area


Example from the Unit

English –   Australian Curriculum
  •   Plans, composes and   reviews a range of texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience   and language (NSW Board of Studies,   2014).
  •   Use a range of software including word   processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select,   edit and place visual, print and audio elements (NSW Board of Studies, 2014).


  •   Students plan their   story based on topics covered throughout the term, using the studied text as   a scaffold.
  •   Students use Story   Jumper as a tool to publish their story. They become indulged in the   experiences of an author and illustrator when consequently their book can be   published for other account holders to view.
General   Capabilities ICT
  •   Students have   the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of ICT   as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating,   creating and communicating ideas and information. Students will learn about   the ethics of information communication through technology (NSW Board of Studies,   2014).
  •   Collaborate,   share and exchange.
  •   Visual   knowledge.


  •   Before the   commencement of publishing their stories, students will be informed of   security and online etiquette while using technology within the classroom.   They will be encouraged to apply this at home as well.
  •    Students will work collaboratively in groups   in order to explore the tools and features available in Story Jumper.   Students will share their findings in order to assist fellow class mates.   Ideas will be exchanged as their stories become a creative masterpiece.
  •   Students demonstrate the ability to select   appropriate visual images to include in their story being illustrated (ACARA,   2011).



ICT and literacy outcome based assessments will be ongoing. Students should be informed of the outcomes they are being assessed on at the commencement of this unit.

Type of Assessment

Example in Program

Formative   Assessment Teacher   observation will be a key assessment strategy throughout the program. The   classroom teacher or teacher librarian will record their observations   utilising checklists or rubrics to measure achievement attained by students.   Teachers / TL should also acquire a student work sample.
Formative   Assessment Peer and self   evaluation is a great way for students to reflect on what they have learnt as   well as identifying areas for improvement (NT Department of Education &   Training, n.d.). At the conclusion of this unit, students will share their   published work and their peers will provide (written or oral) feedback. The   student is also encouraged to provide (written or oral) feedback on their own   work. 
Summative   Assessment Utilising a   rubric and professional judgement, during presentations, the classroom   teacher or teacher librarian will assess the published story. Classroom Teacher   or Teacher Librarian to document areas for improvement as well as documenting   the student’s strengths. Not only does this feedback benefit the individuals   but also the teacher, as they are able to identify areas that need   reinforcing. 



  • At the commencement of this program, students will be introduced to the text they will be studying throughout the term. Students will be exposed to range of print and online texts to demonstrate diversity to the students.
  • Students will be engaged in lessons that demonstrate how to search for images that are not subject to copyright. They will also be encouraged to source digital stories to visualise publication methods and ideas.
  • The classroom teacher or teacher librarian will demonstrate the proficient use of Story Board and then reiterate using step by step instructions as students follow, accessing their own computer or laptop.
  • Students will then be able to access fellow account holders’ published stories on their Story Board accounts. YouTube clips can also be accessed if necessary for students to reinform themselves on how to use the web 2.0 tool from home (if access is granted by a parent).
  • Finally, when students have written a draft for their story and have planned their illustrations, they may begin to publish and edit their book using Story Board.







  •   The use of Story Board.
  •   Searching images that are not subject to copyright.


  •   Demonstrating the   effective use of the web 2.0 tool. Expose students to a range of stories that   have been previously published on the Story Board site. Discuss the purpose,   audience, structure of the texts that have been written. Ask students to   reflect on and evaluate the stories shown/read. What was effective? Why/why   not?
  •   Explain what the term   copyright means. Discuss circumstances where a breach of copyright might   occur. Demonstrate best practice when selecting images to use in their Story   Board publication.
  •   Guide students in   effective research techniques to source both images and digital stories they   may use as a scaffold for their own book they are creating.



  •   Writing literature that is captivating and entices their intended   audience.


 Source a range of   print and digital texts to show the class. This will guide their creative   process. Explore the way authors have written their stories. Discuss this   with the students, encouraging them to think critically about the way they   will write and publish their own story.


  •   Online etiquette
  •   Digital footprint
  •   Acceptable use


  •   Teacher librarian   informs the students of online etiquette. It should be reinforced that cyber   bullying is not tolerated and whatever is published, although it can be   deleted, will leave a ‘digital footprint’. This term needs to be discussed in   length.
  •   Students should also   be made aware of their rights and responsibilities when using the computers   at school (with an emphasis on internet use). The CT or TL may read through   the DET Acceptable   ICT use policy documents ensuring all students are aware of their   responsibilities in regard to school internet usage. CT or TL monitors   student safety throughout unit.




At the conclusion of the program students, classroom teacher and the teacher librarian will participate in an evaluation. This evaluation will assist in the future direction of this program.






Students   participate in a survey answering questions based on:

  •   Ease of use;
  •   Problems encountered;
  •   Enjoyment;
  •   Safety features and;
  •   Recommendations for   the future.


Classroom Teacher and Teacher Librarian


The teacher librarian and the classroom   teacher will reflect on the program and discuss:

  •   Strengths;
  •   Weaknesses;
  •   Future   direction;
  •   Engagement   rate;
  •   Ease of use;
  •   Successful   integration into other key learning areas and;
  •   Discuss how it   could continue to be implemented if it was found to be successful.



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