With all the information on the web how can we make sense of it all?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to filter out what we want from what we don't want? Do you visit the same web sites again and again looking for new content; wouldn't it be nice to automate this task? Would you like to have access to new tools and resources without having to spend hours searching for them?
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" /> <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.teachinghacks.com/wp-content/themes/semiologic-2-col/style.css" type="text/css" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS feed" href="http://www.teachinghacks.com/feed/" /> <link rel="pingback" href="http://www.teachinghacks.com/xmlrpc.php" /> <link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD" href="http://www.teachinghacks.com/xmlrpc.php?rsd" /> </head> <body class="wide verdana cream custom"> <div id="wrapper"> <div id="header"> <table class="canvas"> <tr> <td id="tagline"> <h2>Teaching with Technology</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td id="sitename"> <h1><a href="http://www.teachinghacks.com">Teaching Hacks.com</a></h1> </td> </tr> </table> </div><!-- #header --> <div id="navbar"> <table class="canvas"> <tr> <td id="header_nav"> <ul> <li><a href="/">Home</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/about/">About</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/inprint/">In Print</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/speaker/">Speaker</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/project/">Projects</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/resources/">Resources</a></li> <li>|</li> <li><a href="/contact/">Contact</a></li> </ul> February 3, 2006 The Undiscovered Literacy So I was reflecting on the different statistics that I have been reading about student blogging, social networking, instant messaging and various other forms of online publishing. I challenge you to go into your classroom and ask a few questions: • Do you use instant messaging? How Often? • Have you used social networking web sites like Friendster, MySpaces etc.? What type of information do you post? • How many of you blog? Comment on other friend’s blogs? • Do you participate in any online communities like gaming or fan sites? If so many of our students are participating in online communication on a daily basis, why have we not been able to harness their enthusiasm? As a larger educational community we don’t understand why students have decided to form communities that reach beyond the confines of their physical realm. We might tend towards blaming weak familial ties or too much free time. Or perhaps we are not reaching students on a level where they are being engaged?