What do you think?

I'm helping out my friend Ellen who writes for a popular magazine — she has the following question — one that I love. Please respond here. Also share the name of your school.

Web 2.0 opens many new avenues for creativity and expression. How do you use it to teach today’s young authors and artists?

What do you think?

This is my answer:

I believe that Web 2.0 allows students multiple methods of displaying their knowledge and through a variety of assessment methods: podcasts, text on wikis, photography, video creations, videos of interviews, or blog posts — that all learning styles are included. These tools also are magnets for student interest because they use cool new tools that they are attracted to naturally.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Jim Gates August 24, 2007 - 2:22 am

I use it to give kids choices in the kinds of ways that they would like to demonstrate their mastery of a subject. Some will use a blog to write about it. Others will create videos and post them for others to see. Others, will create a slideshare or participate in a wiki, or make a splashcast video. The point is, all these tools provide CHOICE. It’s perfect for all styles of learning. And, the alternative is to have them write yet another paper in Word, print it out, turn it in, get it back, and throw it away, with no comment from anyone else, no further growth either in terms of style or in grasp of the content. It’s a FUN time to be a teacher!

Carolyn Foote August 24, 2007 - 3:00 am

I think web 2.0 tools can help young authors and artists by giving them a larger audience, which is very motivating.

Our creative writing students, for example, shared their best pieces on a wiki site. Then through the wiki discussion feature, they shared the pieces with others in their class, and could share the link to the wiki with their families and friends. They both felt “published” and felt collaborative.

I think blogs are an excellent way for students to practice and hone their writing–blog posts are almost like short essays for some writers. And again, you have the notion of a larger audience than just the teacher involved.

I agree that so many tools like this are supportive of artists-like flickr where photographers can share their art, youtube, where budding videographers can create short films, etc.

Our campus is Westlake High School in Austin.

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