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How can educators use blogs and wikis to address student literacies, i.e. pre- and post-digital worlds?

How can educators use blogs and wikis to address student literacies, i.e. pre- and post-digital worlds?

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  • 1. Learning With Blogs & Wikis
    Andrea Tejedor, Coordinator of e-Learning
    atejedor@ouboces.org
  • 2. Technology is reshaping students’ reading and writing practices with or without educators’ intervention
  • 3. Challenge
    Teach students to be literate in two languages
    Pre-digital world
    Post-digital world
    mindmeister
  • 4. What does that mean?
    Thoughtful communication using powerful (and correct) communication
    Not, “Yo! Wuz up Teach?”
    Examine long standing teaching traditions like:
    Using textbooks as a primary source of information
    Relying on end-of-chapter tests
    Spelling words three times
  • 5. Pre-Digital Literacy
    Literacy skills are those skills which enable a learner to read and write with independence, comprehension and fluency.
    Fluency
    Reading Readiness
    Reading
    Writing
  • 6. The Writing Process
    Prewriting
    Drafting
    Revising
    Editing
    Publishing
    The writing process facilitates
    thinking and learning .
  • 7. Post-Digital Literacy
    “ . . . is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.”
  • 8. What is a blog?
    A blog is a web-publishing concept that enables anyone to publish information on the Internet.
    Blogging has become a journalistic tool, a way to publish news, ideas, rants, announcements, and ponderings – anyone and everyone can be a columnist!
    A highly effective way to help students to become better writers.
  • 9. Educational Uses
    Model good literacy in both old and new languages
    Communication with parents, teachers, and students
    Professional development and collaboration
    Instruction
    Easy to build, easy to maintain websites
  • 10. Blogging With Students
    Reflection, feedback and collaboration
    Easy storage and organization
    Access to teachers and parents
  • 11. Preparing for Blogging
    What teaching strategy will you use?
    Who are you trying to reach?
    Who will post to the blog?
    What is the key message?
    What are your goals?
    Is a blog the right way to go?
  • 12. Tips
    Have something to say
    Have a strong, clear “voice”
    Be predictable and trustworthy
    Frequency and Content
    Be consistent
    With formatting, style
    Check your links
    Spellcheck
  • 13. What is a wiki?
    A wiki is a Web site that allows those with access the power to edit or add content, track who made changes, and allow revisions to previous versions if needed.
    Wikis are being used to bring students together to build a common body of knowledge!
    A highly effective way to promote communication and collaboration.
  • 14. Educational Uses
    Model good literacy in both old and new languages
    Project development with peer review
    Group authoring
    Track a group project
    Data collection
    Presentations
  • 15. Using Wikis with Students
    Reflection, feedback and collaboration
    Easy storage and organization
    Easy access from any location
  • 16. Preparing for Wikis
    What are your goals?
    Who is your audience?
    What is the focus of your wiki?
    What types of information will you want on your wiki?
    Who are the contributors?
    How would you describe your wiki in a single sentence?
    Is a wiki the right way to go?
  • 17. Tips
    Avoid Blank-Page Syndrome: Pre-fill your wiki with content
    Make the front page a landing page for navigation
    Give users something concrete to do
    Make logging in as easy as possible
    Get everyone to participate
    Remind your users that it’s ok to play
  • 18. Reading, writing and thinking are what we do in school
    A continuing curriculum of content and skills
    The tools of writing
    Lessons in writing content, composing skills, and conventions through:
    Examples
    Demonstrations
    Models