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Exploring writing in an electronic age

Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:28:16 +0000


Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by mom4life

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:28:16 +0000

I love the idea of creating a sense of community via technology. In fact, my Master's thesis is on analyzing the effect of face to face conferencing vs. online e-conferencing. Many of the alternative education students I now teach are incredibly intelligent. They are smart enough to have circumvented the "system" for many years before their poor choices or challenging personal situations finally caught up with them. Traditional forms of education (lecture based, teacher-centric "learning") haven't worked for them. In fact, I would argue that those who have "succeeded" in many comprehensive sites do so in spite of the education they receive. Bright, innovative teachers can be found out there but schools also often contain teachers (and administrators!) who preserve the status quo. To be frank, our system of education is broken and it works against those who want to revolutionize the way knowledge is disseminated to the students who sit in their classrooms. Unfortunately, fear of litigation clamps down the "mouths" of many a district. Few older teachers utilize blogs, podcasts, Blackboard, or other forms of on-line learning, although many of my colleagues are interested in researching these technologies. This is probably because of the time issue; it takes time to receive training; it is labor and time intensive to become proficient at using technologies; it takes a lot of time to create, implement and monitor blogs and websites. However, I have observed that my students absolutely LOVE using technology. Whether it's texting their friends, accessing websites in a science, literature or history classroom or just composing their drafts electronically, I have noticed that the level of their engagement rises as the incorporation of technology increases. I can't wait to tap into their virtual world and meld it with our daily, "face to face" interactions as a learning community.

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Travis

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:26:33 +0000

testing again

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Dee

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:22:30 +0000

@ Mary Ann Do you find wiki a lot easier? For yourself or for your students? Dena

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Janice Johnson

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:21:19 +0000

Attn: Shirley I love your spirit of growth!! But, what's a tyro? :)

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by John

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:20:54 +0000

Travis, any luck?

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Liz M.

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:19:44 +0000

@shirley What's a tyro?

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Shirley

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:19:22 +0000

@John If you would like to share your plans, I would be grateful. S

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by nancy

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:16:52 +0000

@kkraemer passing notes in class electronically

Comment on Crossing Centuries – 21st Century Teaching and Learning by mrs d

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:16:04 +0000

I enjoy using my Blogsite. It's fun to receive a comment from students. This year, I'm not using as often as I would like, but I will be assigning "Homework" this next semester to Blog our site. I will use the Quote of the Week or other sentence starters for the students to use. To 'motivate' them, their comments will be graded.

Comment on Welcome Bloggers! by Janice Johnson

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:15:20 +0000

Creating a conversation (for teenagers) in technology puts them in their comfort zone. This is the tech generation, and they own the net. Give them a blog or MySpace page and they will wax eloquent with profound thoughts. Give them a notebook in a classroom, and they revert to awkward, lame-duck communicators who struggle to capture their thoughts on paper. Put the person in their own element and watch them bloom! The fundamental purpose of teaching language is to foster critical thought while giving our students the tools to be able to express those thoughts and defend them. Through blogging they will be exposed to far more ideas than they will be in the confines of a classroom, and it gives them time to formulate their thoughts and responses so we can see who they truly are. I think reflective thinking needs time to marinate, and what better place to "take your time and consider all possibilities" than through blogging! NOW I can see what's going on in their minds because they feel safe and confident in revealing who they are!