I'm trying to catch up on my 23 Things to-do list. It's supposed to be summer where I can relax and have fun, but I'm surprisingly finding myself busier than I am during the fall and spring. Teaching online is tough, especially in these shortened summer sessions. It's tough for me, but it's even harder for my newbie students who don't have a clue about what an online class entails. So for my #15 Thing, I'm going to blog about Web 2.0 and the implications on education. I'll work my way back down to the 12th, 13th and 14th Things later. (Photo by Peter Forret)
Thing #15 asks you to blog about one or two key issues about 2.0-ness and education. What's bugging you? You can use any of the tools we've introduced so far to find blogs on Web 2.0 or learning 2.0...Web 2.0 is made up of some great ideas that are changing the way we interact on the web using key 2.0 tools. Rick Voithofer in "Web 2.0: What is it and how can it apply to teaching and teacher preparation?" says it best,"This architecture of participation marked by folksonomy, blogging, and Wikis, among others, is making the web a place that resembles an interactive learning environment that makes learning more personal, social and flexible (O'Hear, 2005)." We've been exploring these tools as part of our 23 Things adventure this summer.
- tagging and social bookmarking (folksonomy)
- collective collections and sharing
- RSS and syndication
The biggest impact I see for students in composition courses comes with the use of blogs and wikis. Writing was always so static "in the old days" (I love saying that). Writing was always just an exchange between student and instructor. Many students have a hard time imagining that someone other than their instructor would read their work. But now not only are their classmates reading, but they are reflecting and commenting on each other's writing. This interaction helps students develop better writing skills because learning is more active. Check out some wiki examples from years past:
- Freshman Composition Presentation Wiki 2005 (SMC)
- Freshman Composition Writing Portfolio Wiki 2006 (GCC)
If you're interested in reading more about blogs, wikis and student writing, here's a quick list. Go to Jstor in the GCC library to get the journal article.
- Gelb, Steven A. and Don Dippo. "Audience, Empowerment and Student Writing: A Response to Harker." Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de l'éducation, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring, 1989), pp. 261-264.
- How my students benefit from responding to each other's writing by Emma Pathare