I’ve been aware of blogs for some time now but the idea of joining the ranks of those in the global conversation did not enter my comfort zone until I learned that as masters students in this program, I would need to share my learning in a blog. WordPress was recommended and so I headed into this foreign territory to create my account. I have to admit that after I created the shell for my blog, I left it for a little while, not posting anything until this course. Fear was in my way. What would I say? What wisdom could I share? After exploring Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (2010) and William Kist’s, The Socially Networked Classroom (2010) I quickly realized that I had been asking the wrong questions and worrying needlessly (I’m an expert worrier). While I still have a long way to go in my learning with Web 2.0 tools, I now understand the direction I need to be going.
It’s time to join the conversation and ask questions. I tell my students to ask questions all the time and celebrate their questioning because they are naturals and fearless, at least I hope they feel that way when they are learning in the library. I’m fascinated by the idea that “writing” and “reading” in a Web 2.0 context is different from the way I was taught and it is the way that our students are reading, at least when they’re in front of a screen, outside of school. So, how do we connect them and connect to them when they are in school? How will Web 2.o tools provide differentiated learning experiences? How do I help them understand that they too will be a part of ongoing conversations on topics of interest to them? Or do they implicitly understand this already? How do I assess their learning in an online environment? How will these Web 2.o tools fit into their daily learning when there are schedules to follow, booklets to complete and books to read? The idea that school scheduling, timetables and curriculum need to change feels like a fairly big leap (Kist, 2010, p. viii). It’s time to join the conversation.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin .
Kist, W. (2010). The Socially Networked Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.