C3: create, collaborate, communicate ...
with the Writing and Production Processes and the support of integrated technologies. Choose how you would like to express yourself, be creative and share while you follow the suggestions, prompts and links to complete your task.

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C3 is a branch of the SPEAQ Internet site. It was created for SPEAQ with financial support from Heritage Canada . The focus of the site is the learner's development of and the teaching of competency three: Writes and Produces texts as set out in the Ministry programs of study in the province of Quebec with the added support of integrated information and communication technologies (ICT).

The C3 site links a variety of online and other ICT resources such as GNU software to the various steps in the processes related to writing and producing texts or media in order to provide examples, tools and resources that are meant to enhance, differentiate and provide a measure of autonomy for the students as they forge a path to creating, collaborating and communicating their self-expressions in English, their second language. In order to focus on writing skills and rules we have adapted and included LEO: Literacy Education Online to provide direct and dependable links to topics related to advanced elements of the writing process. We also hope that the many resources and links will supplement the teacher's toolbox, allow for designating paths and remediation tools and facilitate the task by providing possibilities for the teacher to develop strategies, better understanding and a diversity of material and input.

Whether it be used in order to support teaching:

1) to provide creative resources for teachers to direct/guide students through tasks using the writing and production processes. Teachers may map out a path or paths through the site that will lead the students to accomplished assigned tasks. (suggestions)

2) to enable teachers to support students and provide differentiated possibilities for writing and production. Teachers may refer students to the possibilities on the site, encourage experimentation and the creation of writing and production portfolios as well as using sections of the site for specific remediation.  (suggestions)

3) to encourage students to develop their own possibilities for self-expression through writing and production activities and provide creative tools to accomplish their personal goals.  (suggestions)

or to support learning    

1) to encourage you (the student) to develop your own possibilities for self-expression through writing and production activities and provide creative tools to accomplish your personal goals.

2) to enable teachers to support students and provide differentiated possibilities for writing and production. Teachers may refer students to the possibilities on the site, encourage experimentation and the creation of writing and production portfolios as well as using sections of the site for specific remediation.

3) to provide creative resources for teachers to direct/guide students through tasks using the writing and production processes. Teachers may map out a path or paths through the site that will lead the students to accomplished assigned tasks.

The C3 site by its close relation to the evolution of ICT, is subject to change and to adapt as the links to examples, the tools and resources appear and disappear. We have not been able to include all and only the best. Differentiation demands choices: levels of complexity, calls to a variety of aptitudes and interests as well as language levels. In this light, we have attempted to provide both more basic and more complex possibilities. Checklists are included that remind of the essentials and others that call upon the enhancements and embellishments that "polished" writing and producing can demand. Video tutorials and text-to-speech avatars are used from time to time to provide autonomy and better communication between the site material and the learner as are comic strips that add a humouristic ingredient to the material and an example of a possible avenue of self-expression. In conclusion, if we are to have students who are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, then we must nurture and challenge with those technologies and resources that are available today and not be satisfied with just those of yesteryears and the last century.

Finally, SPEAQ and Heritage Canada are not responsible for the content of the sites and resources which the C3 site suggest as links. We hope these sites can be motivational and supportive but good judgment and teaching good judgment is the only defense for the appropriateness of evolving content.

 

 

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