Learning With Blogs & Wikis Andrea Tejedor, Coordinator of e-Learning email@example.com
Technology is reshaping students’ reading and writing practices with or without educators’ intervention
Challenge Teach students to be literate in two languages Pre-digital world Post-digital world mindmeister
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
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
The Writing Process Prewriting Drafting Revising Editing Publishing The writing process facilitates thinking and learning .
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.”
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.
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
Blogging With Students Reflection, feedback and collaboration Easy storage and organization Access to teachers and parents
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?
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
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.
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
Using Wikis with Students Reflection, feedback and collaboration Easy storage and organization Easy access from any location
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?
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
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