Sunday, 30 March 2008

ICT Community News

Our ICTinEnglish Blog has been recommended on the TKI ICT Community News page, many thanks to Penny Harrison. It is worthwhile checking in on the community news page regularly as there are always new and valuable online resources highlighted, that will save you lots of time. Also listed is a link to work by Andrew Churches on a revised Blooms Taxonomy that recognises the impact of digital technologies on learning...well worth reading.

Also I would recommend that you register for Hot Topics a collection of online resources based around current topical events that relate to NZ and current world events. Again alot of the sourcing for quality web resources has been done for you. When you register you will be emailed out or you can access them directly online. The current Hot Topic is ANZAC

Monday, 3 March 2008

Online Collaborative Projects

I would really appreciate your feedback on an online resource that I have been beavering away at : Handpicked Collaborative Projects is a site especially for NZ teachers and is a collection of pedagogically-sound, active, online collaborative projects. It means that as teachers come across projects and evaluate them that ‘the best ones’ can be shared. This site is still in its infancy stage but I hope your input will change that.
Cheers Rochelle Jensen: E-Learning Advisor, Uni of Waikato.

Students and 'Blogtalk'

Questions around engaging students in blogging through commenting and responding to others is a challenge and has frequently been raised in posts here…with some great examples in NZ schools being shared in this blog. I picked this post up off my aggregator while catching up on some reading this weekend.

From Konrad Glogowski, the blog of proximal development. His latest post shares some interesting strategies he is exploring with his students around their participation and response to their learning within a wider community of learners, including peers and teachers.

“It’s not enough to know how to grow a blog, to pick a topic and keep contributing to one’s blog. Our students must also be aware of the class communities in which they learn”(Glogowski, 2008).

We often hear how peer pressure in social networking sites has resulted in negative implications. While todays' students have been labeled 'digital natives' I also wonder if in doing so we make an assumption that along with understanding how to access and use the technology, students also have an innate ability to participate with empathy and understanding in a digital environment? (I am sure we don't make these assumptions F2F). I was particularly interested to read how Konrad has harnessed the power of the learning community to support student learning. He is (like many NZ teachers) providing his students with opportunities and positive role models of what it means to ‘relate to others’ in an online environment.

Would be interested to read your thoughts on his post. If you leave a comment on Konrad’s blog please add a link to it in the comments here too.