This is a very exciting blog that has discussed many of the things we have learned about education but in a new way.
I believe that this co-creation of knowledge lends itself very well to:
- New-wave Socratic teaching – Posing questions and letting students answer them through exploration on the net and production of a meaningful summary such as a wikispace or podcast.
- Collaborative tools – Tools such as wikipages (I use wikispace) or writely.com to produce meaningful summaries of their synthesis of knowledge that have been created together.
I enjoy the Creating Passionate Users blog and name it my fave for the week!
How do you get started:
1 – Set up a wikispace for your class
2 – Decide a project or chapter that would be a good topic for student exploration.
3 – Spend about 15 minutes covering the basics of wikispaces:
- brackets – making other pages
- hyperlinks to the Net
- hyperlinks within wikispace
- inserting pictures
If you contact wikispace and give them the addresses of your group, they'll send out a batch of e-mails otherwise you'll get stuck with yahoo or aol taking a while for the student to receive their confirmation e-mails. Its a good start.
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