Thanks for writing back so soon. I'm trying to encourage teachers to think Web 2.0 and have a third grade teacher right now who teaches reading/writing that is thinking of some type of exchange, such as comparing Australian/US life...don't know if this makes sense or not!
I really enjoyed reading your comments. I am learning constantly that tech applications really can create unanticipated results. When I read about your students covering the award ceremony event which they attended, I actually felt the excitement. We, as teachers, create and involve our students in so many venues that at times the excitement of the moment such as the recognition of an awards show can be covered as a behind the scenes piece. I absolutely know that:
1) [the transparent] the students have an archival piece to recall the event and all its excitement and honor
2) [less transparent, but grows with time] From their video, the students learn from others’ video pieces, their successes, their flaws. It is a social situation with people who are ‘like minded’.
3) Who knows how many students lives changed that night. How many will begin to think creatively or analytically about content creation.
After your class they need to continue the process somehow, but maybe lack the tools for now . Go web 2.0! See what you’ve started!!!
Below I listed a link to a simple writing project a couple 5th grade students did last year titled SMARTY THE DOG. Viewers recognize the transparent learning in the show. With that in mind the students also created a ‘how we did this’ video immediately after their show. It begins approximately halfway through the video. It’s thinking skills are evident.
Hi Helen: I'm a member of this organization in the States and there are possible resources for peer coaching that you might find useful: http://www.vste.org/conference.html . Also, our district required blogs request resources for our teachers (I service 1,000 students and 71 teachers). Maybe we can share blogs found, etc.: http://www.ppsblogs.net/brianmckee
I've just been catching up with our KnowledgeBank conference here in Melbourne. An interesting discussion by Elizabeth Ring from DEECD about the emergence of Web 2.0 tools in educational settings and where to next with them. https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/installinfo/playback?psid=2007-10-30.1625.https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/installinfo/playback?psid=2007-10-30.1625.M.5DAF37ED5D6296036EFE6B9FDDEEDA.vcrM.5DAF37ED5D6296036EFE6B9FDDEEDA.vcr
Not yet Helen, but I give you here the address of the page about Adelaide inside ECP Project with a link in english about the first international guitar in Adelaide and the geographical riddle (in english too):
Hi Helen, I have just seen your video about deforestation... Congratulations for your kids ;-). I wondered if you would be interested by an e-twinning project with my school in France (see my profile) You can see also an australian page about Adelaïde on my site with a funny geographical riddle
Have a nice day !