"Using language, symbols, and textsUsing language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological.
Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others."
Before and after each session we reflected on how we thought the key competency of using language and text may present itself through each activity, and then we discussed how it looked and in what ways we used it afterwards. Here are some of our thoughts recorded after sessions:
How did we use language symbols and text in......?
Brainbox: We had to construct circuit boards to create whatever we wanted to make like a light, a helicopter that could take off, a siren or an FM radio. To do this we had to understand the 'key' which told us what each component was for. Each 'bit' was 'numbered' and coloured 'coded' so then we chose something to make and followed the instructions which told us what bit or number to use. Following the picture could get confusing. Some of us stopped reading the 'manual' and started copying successful people in the room who had just completed making something, but that didn't quite work either. We had to understand lots of new words like 'fuse', 'circuit', 'current', 'board' etc...In the end we needed to help each other and the 'experts' in the class came and showed us how to do it. Then it became easier for us to do it. It was a lot of fun, but some people in class did get frustrated and gave up, though we encouraged them to not give up and join others in the class.