Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Collaborative Projects

2 comments:

Barbara said...

I couldn't help but notice the negative in every category was increased monitoring time for teachers... Can you elaborate on your perspective?

I am not sure that I agree...why does it take more time and effort to monitor a wiki or a blog than it does to read 30 reports or essays. We are just getting started but even though the teachers were fearful that they would have more work they actually like the fact that they are shuffling less paper. I am wondering if the more work concept is really just a fear???
I do acknowledge that the learning curve creates more work but that is true of anything we have never done before and it does not mean that the using the tool (once we know how) is intrinsically more work.

Patrick Higgins said...

Barbara,

This post originated as an example of the ease of posting from Mindomo to a blog while I was teaching a class called "Welcome to Web 2.0" (which I plan to reflect on shortly). The list was created by anticipating participants responses to technology. The goal was to show them the technology and use the "thumbs down" feature with them as means of starting discussion. I was hoping to have them argue from your point of view, which would have shown me that the class was somewhat successful. I actually meant to take it down, but have not had the time.

Overall, I think I threw too much at them in three hours. The best thing I did was give them a scorecard where they could rate some of the technologies that we looked at. Since then, I have received more requests for one-on-one meetings with teachers to pursue integration strategies based on what they liked in the class.

Biggest hit? Hands down it was del.icio.us. They took to social bookmarking, and accessing other people's (I referred to them as "the smart people") bookmarks so quickly it was amazing to see.