The product is emerging at: Ancient Greece. You will need to click on Sidebar to see the linked student-project pages.
Teacher Ms J is happy to see the students enabled by the technology to use both their creativity and their learning to create new products such as wikis. She appreciates the engagement that such assignments offer her students.
So what do the students think of this learning experience?
- Student Monica finds that it's faster, neater, easier to use, new, and fun to learn this way. It is something you can use on your own and when you're older. She has been here at Moberly since Kindergarten and always likes coming to learn in the library.
- Suchjot finds it interesting to learn something new about the internet; it's "portable," she says, "so you can use it anywhere on-the-go." Suchjot thinks it's a much better way to learn because you can add and others can too, and everyone can build it and learn from it. Suchjot's words, colleagues ... can you imagine this!
- Harveer adds that it's cool making your own webpage; if you travel you won't have to use (or risk losing) your flashdrive because you have a wiki you can post to. It's interesting to learn new things -- the first time (learning these new and useful tools in the library) is always a privilege, he tells me. He says it's better working with the teacher and the teacher-librarian together because they know a lot of different things and it's always nice to work on the computers.
Linking Delicious Things
In keeping with Wendy C's Hot Reads talk at the February Winter Tonic where several recommended novels and mysteries included recipes, I have been meaning to include some too, yours, not mine. Tillicum-visiting with TL Sharon just before the Break yielded her wonderfully and delicious recipe for chocolate, and it's really easy -- or so she says:
3 cups white chocolate dipping wafers
½ cup milk chocolate dipping wafers
2/3 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
- Microwave white chocolate wafers slowly until melted (3-4 minutes in one minute intervals).
- Add peanut butter and beat until mixed.
- Spread on waxed paper to 1/8” thickness.
- Microwave milk chocolate until melted (1 minute on high).
- Spoon milk chocolate onto the white chocolate in rows 1-2” apart.
- Drag a knife or tip of a spoon gently across the rows to form the pattern.
- Air dry until hard and cut into 1” squares.
Technology-Integration / Linking Readings for Deeper Consideration
Here's what I think: Learning anything new takes time ... something many of us in education don't have a lot of ... and there is heightened anxiety attached to our "adult" learning about technology that needs to be acknowledged. We need not be viewed as "immigrants" but as students on the learning continuum who need to be "scaffolded" across the points of frustration.
How's that for an analysis? And Ms J and her students are right: every student needs to leave school knowing how to do these things and how to think about them.
Here's a great article: "U.S. educators seek lessons from Scandinavia High-scoring nations on an international exam say success stems from autonomy, project-based learning," by Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News. I thought it advisable not to ask about the recent e-testing! Abstract for the article reads: "A delegation led by the Consortium for School Networking recently toured Scandinavia in search of answers for how students in that region of the world were able to score so high on a recent international test of math and science skills [PISA]. They found that educators in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark all cited autonomy, project-based learning, and nationwide broadband internet access (emphasis mine) as keys to their success."