Learning Wtih Blogs & Wikis

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

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Learning Wtih Blogs & Wikis

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

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