Liveblogged notes from the TCC online conference. My notes in italics
Presenter: Sue Waters
Web 2.0 technologies now provide extraordinary opportunities for enhancing student learning. What was face-to-face, formal with limited interaction – Social networking has made instant, on-demand, informal, global and constant. Nowadays our learners can interact with students and world experts from all over the world, sharing their learning while receiving instant feedback.
In this presentation, Sue Waters will guide you on a tour of how educators, from different educational sectors, utilize web technologies with their learners to collaborate on global projects. It will provide you with greater understanding of why educators are engaging in the projects while increasing your skills for empowering your students’ learning.
In traditional education, teacher is in the center and interactions are mostly between student and teacher. With Web 2.0 tools, many more connections–can connect to other classes, experts, etc.
- Assuming that all students are already using these tools
- Assuming that all students want to use the tools
- Assuming that all students are better at using technology than teachers
Global collaboration can be very small; can just be one teacher and one class with blogs or Skype. Good point to make; I think it’s easy to look at something big like Flat Classroom and feel overwhelmed if you think you need to do all that in the first year.
Why do you want to do global collaboration? B/c you start learning differently when you are online participating. Once you start doing it youself, you realize that you’re connecting etc. Hard to explain to people who aren’t out there doing it though; you have to try it yourself.
How you collaborate is different depending on your goals
With blogs, move students from passive lurking on a class blog –> blog comments first. Lots of learning happens in comments and interaction.
- student blogging project, 10 weeks with a challenge to push students more each week
- A 12-year-old student reflects on blogging after 6 months. Note the clustrmap that shows the global audience–Sue recommends this as a motivator for students.
Collaborating on a wiki isn’t the same as writing on a blog. Students have individual ownership in a blog. We often assume that people are good at collaborating, but they often aren’t. Collaborating online is also a different skill and often needs to be explicitly taught.
Flat Classroom Project: comes from the idea that we have an ethical responsibility to teach people about different cultures, but it’s hard to do that if students aren’t actually interacting with people from other cultures.
- Communicate = Ning
- Connect = Elluminate
- Collaborate = Wiki
- Create = Video
If you’re going to run a project, think about what tools you’re going to use for each of the above–the 4 C’s
Net Gen Education Challenge moves to the next level–brings in an expert (Don Tapscott)
Lots of possibilities
Brainstorming (only listing things new to me below)
Biggest potential problem is trying to use tools with students before trying to use it yourself. Get involved yourself first. Then start small with your project.
5 Tools for Building Your Own PLN
These are not in order–do the order that works for you. Sue’s wiki to support teachers building PLNs
- Feed Reader
- Social Bookmarking
She has mixed feelings about Ning for students–it’s not as global, you have to be a member to interact even on public sites
Many projects use multiple tools–use a combination
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