Power-up Literacy: technology and multimodality within the extended classroom

by Petula Bhojwani

 and Craig Wilkie

Power Up Literacy provides all you need to inject excitement, awe and wonder into lessons bringing timeless texts to life, re-engaging even the most hard- to-reach learners. The material showcases a range of approaches that blend accessible multimodal texts with technology within and beyond the classroom. Ten case studies describe practical classroom activities with tips and guidance on how to make the most effective use of technology and literacy techniques. Written accessibly, with bite-sized ‘techy tips’ throughout, all readers will feel able to try out the techniques whatever their ICT confidence level.The book includes printable class worksheets, lists of recommended apps, websites, multi-layered books, photographs and planning templates and a free-to-access companion website provides further links and the most up-to-date advice and guidance to enhance the resources in this book. With challenging budgets in schools, particular consideration has been given to ensure the activities can be delivered on a shoestring with suggestions around free or low-cost technologies.


This practical book illustrates how innovative multi modal approaches to learning can be used to engage and motivate children, strengthen literacy and IT skills and build a love of literacy and literature. It contains details of ten successful case studies carried out with children aged 4 – 14 in the care of the local authority in schools across Nottinghamshire, using a variety of multimodal approaches to explore key texts. Useful background research about the use of technology and ‘closing the gap’ in attainment between vulnerable children and their peers is also featured. There are helpful techy tips, timely references to safeguarding, photocopiable resources and links to an accompanying website.Although the case studies focus on increasing literacy experiences for vulnerable groups of children, the activities can be easily adapted for all those working in primary and secondary schools who are keen to try out creative new techniques and provide rich digital experiences to engage their pupils. It has certainly inspired me to find out more and try out some new multimodal approaches to learning to bring stories to life in new ways. Alison Willmott Lecturer Primary English, IoE, St Mary’s University

ISSN: 978 1 910543 88 7


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