Empowering literacy and numeracy teaching and learning through technology
27 Aug 2020
Why do literacy and numeracy matter? They are critical for successful learning and are needed to learn other skills, as well as for participation in everyday life. Literacy and numeracy skills are a foundation for workforce participation, productivity and the broader economy, and can also impact on social and health outcomes.
Microsoft Editor, Immersive Reader and Translator in Word can facilitate literacy teaching. OneNote Maths tools can assist students to understand numeracy as they can revise concepts by embedding Forms.
Pages supports the creation of teaching content to support authentic technology integration in literacy and numeracy. Keynote can be used to engage students in differentiated approaches to literacy and numeracy across all KLAs. Clips can be used as a powerful tool to enhance student skills, knowledge and creation.
Adobe Acrobat is part of the Adobe set of creativity applications. Acrobat Reader and Portable Document Format (PDF) can be used for literacy and numeracy digital worksheets. Adobe Scan can be used to digitise and share literacy and numeracy teaching materials and student work.
STEM tools can be used for simple but effective approaches to literacy and numeracy with tangible outcomes:Tinkercad as a 3D authoring and creation tool, and CoSpaces Eduas a tool for creating 360-degree virtual spaces.
NSW Department of Education literacy and numeracy resources
NSW public school teachers can access a range of resources on the NSW Department of Education literacy and numeracy websites:
Everyone’s an Author digital creative writing programfeatures on-demand videos of ten Australian authors sharing their personal writing tips. Students learn to explore storytelling and expand their vocabulary by working through digital learning journals. This original T4L English program is designed to work with Apple Pages, Keynote, GarageBand and Sketches.
T4L Kids TV includes short videos designed to be used by teachers in the classroom to enhance student engagement with literacy and numeracy through technology. Topics covered include Microsoft Immersive Reader, voice typing and the ‘Explore’ tool in G Suite and literacy-powered animation with Apple tools.
Literacy and numeracy studies provide evidence-based practices for improving student outcomes. This CESE publication outlines how schools can improve literacy and numeracy performance and why it (still) matters.