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Tapping Into the Collective Intelligence of the Read/Write Web in Education Learning Network
This is the wiki that we're hoping will model the power of the connections we can make through using the tools of the Read/Write Web. We'd love it if you left a link, a resource, a "new" idea, or some encouraging words for the group of educators we're working with outside of Philadelphia today. And feel free to let others know they can contribute as well.
Anne Smith, Karl Fisch, Will Richardson
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for creating the Google Map with the locations of all of the contributors!
The Strength of Weak Ties
The power of the Read/Write Web is that it connects people, ideas, and resources into a global conversation. This conversation can be the source of deep personal learning and can serve to expand the boundaries of what education can and should be-it can be a stimulus for educational change and improvement. With that in mind, here are my questions for you: As school leaders, are you be willing to embed
professional and personal learning
basis? Are you ready to model that? Would you be willing to spend
a day interacting with and contributing to this conversation?
Brian C. Smith
Educators roles are to connect learning for their students. Connections to interests or potential interests provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests in a content area or to open their minds to other opportunities. The read/write web allows deeper exploration and an arena for students to have a voice.
Professional Learning Community
The real power of the Read/Write web in education comes when teachers encourage students to mash technologies together. Teachers are creating subject-specific personal learning environments using interconnected blogs, wikis, forums, file galleries, social bookmarking, rss aggregators and other Read/Write web tools on Clairvoy.
is a recent (last week) example. It's exciting to watch, having grown from a Teacher Research project at a single elementary school, into a technically robust, organically growing community. As soon as teachers use these tools for their own professional development on Clairvoy.com, they instantly know how to apply them in the classroom - and do.
Ann Arbor, MI
Maximizing Web 2.0 to Enrich Adolescent Literacies
Multiple layers of literacy are embedded in blogging, including reading, writing, collaborating, processing, etc. If teachers can learn how to successfully incorporate blogs into their content areas, numerous possibilities arise for students to improve comprehension. A safe prediction suggests that more and more students will have blogs in the future, but the question remains whether teachers will see the teaching and learning potential within the blogosphere.
All of us have valuable information and insight to share with the world. The Read/Write Web allows everyone the opportunity to share that knowledge, and to contribute to a collective body of information. An idea from one individual becomes a springboard for another. What do you have to share?
The Open Classroom
Learning is about conversations and relationships. Why should this be limited by time and geography? The Read/Write web helps us to learn and connect, wherever we are.
Tony Wagner has called on educational leaders to begin "reinventing" education as opposed to "reforming" education. I believe that the Read/Write Web provides both a model and a means for reinventing education for the 21st century so that learners (both students and educators) are able to become motivated, self-directed, globally connected knowledge workers who explore, experiment, and create. I challenge all educators to participate as fellow "learners" in this global Read/Write Web community. Be a model -- be the change that you wish to see in the world!
Pushing the Technology Envelope
The Red/Write web has offered me a way to connect, learn and grow as an educator. The new web has offered us a way to build learning communities so that we can become better educators and help our students become better learners. On a daily basis, I go to my
, and my email for sources of information (in that order) and to know what may lie ahead for that day. We, as educators, and you as educational leaders, need to change our own mentality to allow our students to access these resources for their own learning, as that is how their lives will be when they get to the 'real world.'
Use RSS feeds and Twitter to build a personalized learning community. Explore, question, connect. Take charge of your own professional development.
The power that I have found in the read/write web lies within the broad spectrum of doors that open up to me by the second. Opening these doors has become a passion and a necessity for my capabilities to learn and share my thoughts with the world.
Technology and Education
The power of the network for collaboration is what I find so compelling. When I throw a question out on
any number of people in my network, anywhere in the world, answer or give suggestions. New ideas are forever being floated. The professional learning opportunities are unmatched. I am continually amazed at how much others are willing to share and how much I have been able to learn.
Open Thinking and Digital Pedagogy
We have entered the age of the
, of connected learning. Social learning (web 2.0) tools are powerful in that they connect individuals (educators and learners) in ways once never possible, and empower individuals to share and collaborate in incredibly innovative ways. My time spent with these tools has been genuinely transformative for myself, and for my students. I am rejuvenated and excited about the future of education.
Make It Interesting
The world is shrinking. Your network of educators is no longer just in your building and school division. You are able to form networks that span the globe. Bringing this shrinking global reality in front of your students and allowing them to collaborate with students from around the world is an experience worth trying.
Komoka, Ontario, Canada
The Clever Sheep
Teachers need to make personal use of the tools of the read/write web (social networks, blogs, wikis...) before attempting to use these tools with students. This is the only way to understand the true power of the medium.
Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil
Blogs, wikis and all the tools that improve collaboration/cooperation enable new ways of learning. I think we need to talk about (or to build) theories that can help us to understand the educative and communicative processes that occur in these environments.
Salt Lake City, UT
Have a Good Life
Remember that the goal is for the students to
. If they aren't learning, there is not much purpose in whatever you are doing. Help them learn. They should not just learn how to use their fancy shmancy 21st century skills, but also the basics that are a part of everyday life, <shrug>including what they must learn to pass their state tests</shrug>.
Seek to learn. Being part of a global community provides you with an amazing set of resources you could never have fould on your own. RSS, del.icio.us, Twitter, Skype, uStream, blogs and wikis all provide an immersion that traditional staff development can never match. David Warlick's recent post regarding
pedagogy and learning
provides a view into how dynamic a personal learning network can be. Quick example: because of twitter one evening at about 7pm I was sitting in my livingroom rocking my (fussy) 3 month old watching a uStream of Jeff Utecht presenting to administrators in Kuala Lumpur with about 30 other educators from around the world... That is collaboration and the world our students are involved in...
Speaking of History
I have been using these tools to open up my classroom to the world. My students read a historical novel along with students from various parts of the country, adults in the community and family members in other states and then discuss it online with the author in the form of a blog. My students listen to content and StudyCasts that I create using free audio editing software and they can access it at home on the Internet or on their MP3 devices. My students create their own videos - an 1860 Abe Lincoln election ad for example - and then publish it for other students to view. My students are collecting oral family histories and creating a historical walking tour of the downtown historical district that the public will use. I enjoy using these tools because my students can become active participants in the history they study instead of passive learners. The network is also where I learn more from my fellow teachers.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A Plethora of Good Sense - and
One Must-Read Blog
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Generation YES Blog
New tools and technology allow creativity, the democratization of publishing, and access to ideas and resources to a degree never before seen. Students can be active creators, not just passive recipients of information. Student voice can be encouraged - in their own schools and communities or joining in global collaborative projects. These technologies allow non-traditional students to succeed in ways that extend the definition of success beyond traditional essays and math tests.
Many teachers find renewed enthusiasm for teaching. These technologies support their best instincts as teachers, finding individualized paths for student achievement. They find networks of support for their own interests and ideas, and bring this enthusiasm back to their classrooms.
Moose Jaw, SK
Ideas and Thoughts
Without reiterating the great content already posted, my favourite analogy is that of a
Tucson, AZ, USA
Teacher's Bag of Tricks
Zixth Grade Class Blog
Collect the great resources that teachers have used for years together with the new practices and tools that we're uncovering each day, and make them all completely accessible to everyone for free. That's the power of the read/write web. That's the
Teacher's Bag of Tricks
Official site of the Wafflemakers.
Highfields, Queensland, Australia
I work with a Bronx middle school, both online and in person, and the read/write web (predominantly Google applications) has enabled more effective networking than we could possibly achieve without this technology.
Teachers are sharing like never before. Take a look for yourself:
With the dizzying array of new tools being shared and discussed all the time, I have settled on
and found it to be an excellent and easy to use tool to demonstrate the power of the read/write web with the ability to create content but just as importantly allow others to easily comment and respond.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by all that is on offer in Web2.0. Choose one thing that really interests you and work with it. Use a place like
to help you to discover people, tools, and resources. The global connections that you make will never cease to amaze you.
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Here is my best advice, from a
recent blog post of mine
The first step is getting past the moment of hesitation - to feel the fear (of trying something new and unfamiliar), but do it anyway.
Lucacept - intercepting the Web
We've been getting our students to create a trailer to promote the book they have read for their Literature circle study. A group of our students posted their trailer to
and have enjoyed sharing their project with the world. It has made the experience more meaningful for them and has impressed many of the students at our school.
Napier, New Zealand
The Ed Tech Bach
My best tip: if you want to become an online teacher, become an online student first.
Doha, State of Qatar
The read/write web provides the infrastructure for true globbal collaboration. A
recent blog post
talks about the evolution of online projects that involve diverse geographic locations and how Web 2.0 tools combined with a 'Global Collaboration 3.0' approach is changing pedagogical approaches around the world.
The Teachers' Toolbox
From my farewell card...
'Dear Mr B, If it wasn't for you I would never have had so much fun with vodcasting. Thankyou so much for teaching me vodcasting, blogging, podcasting, Artrage, Paint.Net, C-Maps etc. I always enjoyed the hands-on part of your lessons and how you let us experiment and develop techniques. Best wishes and THANKYOU from Abbey'
The Ace Kids' Blog
I feel that if we are going to advocate producing lifelong learners then surely we need to demonstrate being lifelong learner ourselves.
So get yourself out there. Explore and experiment with these tools alongside your students.
Fail forward and celebrate your successes!
Technology in the Lutheran Classroom
The hardest thing I find is motivating students. I can still hear one of my kids complain that if she would have known their projects were going to be online, she "would have done a better job and put more time and effort into it!"
Students want to do great work when they know REAL people are going to see it. Or if they know that they are doing work for a REAL purpose. That is exactly what these technology tools enable students do.
Best wishes as you explore these with Karl, Will, and Anne
Spinning through the web
The reading/writing and networking on the web has been instrumental in my own learning. Imagine what it can do/open in my students. I continue to ask the questions and seek the answers.
Not So DIstant Future
We are so used to helping learners/teachers that sometimes we forget to nurture our own learning. So many of these tools enable our students' creativity, yes, but they are also a path to our own learning and growth as educators. And finding a
network of people
, whether they are in our own building, or around the world, to help support our learning and to inspire us is equally important.
North Bay, ON
Probably the neatest thing I have seen in the last month is the page where anonymous edits to Wikipedia are displayed on a Google Map. See
- Knowledge being negotiated in real-time!
for Your Thoughts
It isn't about the
you use. It is about jumping in and
. Shouldn't a professional use the current tools available to them? Would you go to your doctor if he still performed blood-letting to cure a fever? Our 'practice' now
if we want to do what is best for students.
Greeley, CO, USA
Before teachers try to teach with these tools, they first need to take the time to learn to learn with them.
Susan Carter Morgan
Fredericksburg, VA USA
Technology is a strategy to help us learn, but the tools also enable us to manage information, connect easily with people, and collaborate with people smarter, younger, older, different or more creative than ourselves. Why is this important? This kind of learning creates "
," which makes for better, more engaged learners.
The Tech Curve
Everything new has a learning curve. And no where is this more true than with technology. If one can work through that initial dip in productivity (The Tech Curve) with an understanding that you'll be able to far surpass previous methods, then the connections you make with the effort will be more than worth it!
"Little guys" get to talk, collaborate and share with the movers and shakers of the community on a more equal footing than at any other point in history. You can talk with someone across the hallway or across the world in seconds. Students enjoy working and learning with something that actually has something to do with their future - technology, instead of using textbooks that are 10-20 years old.
Connecting Through Conversations
Many times those of us using new tools are excited to try them and want to work through how they can best be used in our practice. We look for others who are willing to test new sites, tools, and think through how they work. Being part of a global network means there are always people willing to help and learn with you, you are not dependent on when someone else has the same prep time you do, the network is always on, people are always available, it takes away the restrictions of physical space and time of day. We are also able to take advantage of anytime learning together, here is an example of
Open Professional Development
, take a look.
Dr. Hite's Curriculumblog
Helps me model for my teachers that we need to address our own learning needs first ... it's like when the safety information on the airplane tells you to take oxygen for the adults before the children ... if we can't embrace personal learning, how can we help our students do it?
Technology is taking us to places that many educators are uncomfortable with - a place in which content learning is LESS important than learning skills themselves like communication, collaboration, evaluation, and knowing how to access information. Which is not to say that problem solving and creativity haven't always been a priority of good education. Rather, in the past, schools have been able to disguise good learning as amount of content knowledge learned. But this content knowledge is no longer an advantage or a path to success. Instead the successful skills of a 21st Century Learner involve understanding the nature of knowledge, creative problem solving, innovation, and collaboration. These thoughts and more are being developed at our
New Literacy Wiki
4 Teachers' Sake
While others have suggested it above, I’d like to reiterate the importance of being a life-long learner. With regards to teachers and Web 2.0 or 21st Century Skills, we need to first incorporate these skills and techniques into our professional development. I rely heavily now on the “cloud” for enriching my growth. As hard as it may be, don’t dip your toes in. Set up an RSS aggregator, and load it with a variety of different feeds, and you will find the tools right for you.
I just thought I would share my new project. Globaloria is a new project that captures the ideas of open, collaborative learning and applies them through a game design curriculum.
Boys' School Tech
I just started using
It is a great way to get rss feed into GMail. Then GMail can apply labels to keep everything organized. This works well because I use 2-3 computers and an IPhone and I wanted to get the same information on all of them.
Grand Rapids, MI
I don't know about new ideas, but how about new to me? I am an avid presenter as well as a classroom teacher. In my classroom, I always tell my students that my goal is to prepare them for their future. This is becoming more and more difficult as we don't really know what the future will be like. This year, for my Psychology final exam, I am trying something new. They have to do a blue-book exam that is worth 50% of their final grade, and contribute a chapter to the class' online textbook (worth the other 50%). They'd love it if you stopped by to watch their progress!
Paul Allison, Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim
NYC, Virginia...and beyong
Teachers Teaching Teachers
A few teachers manage this blog, podcast, and webcast. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in New York City began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of
. Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. These conversations are archived as a podcast on this blog. Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it oursleves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.
West Caldwell, NJ
A Plethora of Technology
Great teaching and learning takes place when there is (A) Tools and resources available to help accomplish the learning goals, (B) Good pedagogy skills and practices to develop inquiry and critical thinking, and perhaps most importantly (C) relationships between students and teachers. The relationships, I think, are the most important part. Teacher relations between teachers help expand A and B. In regards to teacher-student relationships, once that relationship is in place, that is what will inspire the otherwise uninspired.
I like cheese sandwiches. And networked learning.
Highlands Ranch, CO
for an example of Read/Write cross country collaboration. Work to address the 21st Century Skills within the curriculum a little at a time. All of us are incremental learners. Resist the temptation to be overwhelmed by the pace of change and make sure that you focus on being an incremental learner yourself!
Now that both information and tools have been democratized, there is nothing more important than for teachers to tap into the networks that are available to them.
and Anna Baralt
St. Petersburg, FL
Teach Web 2.0
Our Wonderful World
Check out our
Teach Web 2.0 Consortium Wiki.
Web 2.0 represents a more collaborative, interactive Internet where individuals can easily share and contribute to global conversations. This new web offers so many opportunitues for educational applications, but schools are challenged by resistance to change, the rate at which new tools are emerging, network security issues, and Internet safety concerns.
It would be impossible for just one or two teachers to stay abreast and evaluate all of these resources alone, so we established a consortium at our school to assess these tools, examine options, and consider their potential use in the classroom. In addition, the consortium will provide a relatively safe and non-threatening learning environment where teachers and administrators can work collaboratively.
Given the opportunity to publish content and receive feedback from your audience and publish content only, which makes more sense? If we want a generation of content "crankers" who produce without communicating, then we continue the status quo. If we educate a generation of content "creators" who listen to their audience, refine their message, and reach out on a deeper, more visceral level we take education and communication to places it should always have been.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
21st Century Collaborative
For me, the strength of the Read/Write Web lies in the development of "voice" and empowerment of traditionally disenfranchised or somewhat silenced individuals, such as teachers, students, or those against whom circumstance has conspired. A bright teacher in one of my newest communities of practice puts it this way..."It's not really about technology. The technology just facilitates (and underscores the need for) new ways of connecting and creating and processing and publishing." I so agree. The RRW is the venue through which anyone can learn and grow - regardless of traditional barriers or societal norms.
Using the tools the RRW provides, individuals can push through the buffer that keeps teachers from seeing the status quo for what it is and through the collective wisdom and strong relationships within the global community, make a courageous commitment to challenge and change the status quo.
I'd like to second the recommendation to try ning. Rather than an apartment vs. house, I'd say it's kind of like going to the mall vs. visiting a single store. It gives you a lot of variety, media, etc. all in one place.
Gary Miller, Chan Foresman, Laura McGirr
Rapid City, SD
Web 2.0 Tool in Education
Help for educators using Wiki's, Blogs, RSS and other Web 2.0 tools. This wiki is being made by teachers for teachers.
Beth's Second Life
There are so many excellent tools out there to share. The best tool is the Google Reader; it allows me to star and share what I find most valuable. More importantly, it allows me to see what others have starred and shared. This is an amazing way to share materials!
Long Beach, CA
K12 Open Ed
If our task is to educate students for the 21st Century, we should closely examine curriculum to emphasize objectives that will help students be successful in this world. Much content that is taught has little or no value in that context. Throw out your textbooks and embrace new processes and tools that will empower teachers and students.
Cool Cat Teacher
Flat Classroom Project
We must not get so wrapped up in the terms and technological "newness" that we forget that this is all about connecting people and teaching us to work together and get along.
It is about ensuring the employability and future success of our students and the relevance of education as a whole. In a world that can give you answers quickly via Google, we need to get to the deeper questions and deeper discussions past the facts that can be dispensed like gum from a gumball machine. Facts are "cheap" but true knowledge and understanding are more expensive and require us to move to promote higher order thinking.
The read/write web is part of this evolution but is not its genesis or its terminus -- it is just part of the process.
Reflections from the Trenches
The 21st century has ushered in a new type of learning. A learning that occurs through networks and not within physical walls or confined spaces. Get involved with a network of folks like
; participate, share, learn - you get as much out of networks as you put into them.
American Literature Virtual Museum
Finding ways to allow students to make connections - with their classmates, with artists, with writers, and with their own ideas. Web 2.0 allows students to find an audience and a mode of expression; how wonderful to know that your English teacher is not the only person who will read your work. The museum that the class created is still visited by people from around the world. This is a project begun last year that will continue this year.
I just finished David Warlick's book, Classroom Blogging 2nd Edition, and Daniel Pink's, A Whole New Mind. Both of these books are wonderful additions to everyone's library. David does a great job of giving the "backstory" of blogs and interactive webs. And I loved having not one but two lists of blogs that others recommend. The notion of the Right brain directed world of the 21st century from Daniel Pink was also astounding. The new senses of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning are what we should be shaping our 21st century curriculum and pedagogy around. I also was taken with both of these men's ideas that to make a difference we have to be involved in the conversation. This has inspired me to post to my own blogs more and to continue to read others and maybe soon, I will get brave enough to post comments.
Living the Dream
The ability to actively engage teachers and students in realtime learning is revolutionary to the whole educational process. The changes in the way in which we manage and consume information must change the way we approach education. To do otherwise would be to play ostrich with the future of education.
One of the tricks will be learning how to use Web 2.0 tools in Advance Placement courses that are already content rich but don't have much time for extra-curricular activities. Students and teachers can use a blog to comment on environmental issues around the globe and get the viewpoints of educators, professionals and students who live in those areas through a blog post. Sounds like time well spent.
Los Angeles, California
Pick one of the social networking resources listed here and start exploring! I like Classroom 2.0 because of the wide range of technologies that one can find information about and the excellent group of teachers already participating, but there are dozens of others that would serve your needs equally. The third link is a wiki devoted to adult educators using Web 2.0 in the classroom.
Edina 21st Century HS Community of Practice Blog
Technology Resources Wiki
We have jumped in this year with Web 2.0 and have learned a ton along the way. Staff at all levels have commented on hearing the thoughts of students who are not comfortable contributing in a face to face setting for the first time. One of the interesting aspects of teacher and student blogging this year is that while teachers have entusiastically jumped in and started blogging, podcasting, using wikis and RSS feeds with students and parents, they are not as comfortable with posting their own thoughts on these tools. My goal this semester as a tech integrationist will be to encourage staff to be more forthcoming, as a way for staff to share their expertise and experiences.
The first link on the left is our high school blog. The second is our resource wiki.
Takoma Park, Maryland
Right now, trying to figure out a way where teachers can use Twitter to connect with one another based on ideas, topics, or interests. I'm tagging individual Twitter Tweets I see from teachers about their collaborative projects. Here's my first tag:
Thinking collaboration doesn't have to be complicated. What are we doing, what are others doing? Lets see if we can connect our students.
Snapshots of Technology Integration
The Read/Write web helps me connect to other educators who I would never have the opportunity to connect if it weren't for the web. I get to share my ideas as well as learn others.
It is an amazing way for you to tap in to more online professional development than you thought was available.
Plus if you get the students involved they feel like what they are learning is relevant to them. They begin to own their learning.
A great place to start is with Will's book
Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts
and David Warlick's book
Seoul, S. Korea
...and beyond "schooliness." Notes of a 20th century teaching drop-out. (And dreams of taking the wrecking-ball to the whole system.)
Technology tips and resources for teachers, particularly history teachers, with a little bit of life on the side. Blogging and connecting provides opportunities to share, receive and reflect.
Reflections on trying to jump into the web 2.0 stream and find my way of incorporating as many of the new technologies as I can to extend me as a teacher and provide a more authentic curriculum for my students. The power of the network and its ability to change what schools are is huge, and each day brings 'another thing' for me to learn,absorb and be excited about.
My blog is about the latest tools that I have been using in my high school classroom. I not only talk about the great successes but the horrible failures as well. I think we can all learn from failures! I am one teacher on a quest to bring the best education to my students...that's the least I can do, right?
The Undergroun ITS
Use technology to teach technology. There is little left that is more idiotic than lecturing on the values on interactive social networks...
Central Coast, NSW, Australia
, whether it be a primary, secondary or tertiary student, teacher/educator or 80 year old retiree. This is what has kept me teaching for over 31 years and this is what excites me about technology and especially Web 2.0 and 21st Century technologies. And now, more than ever, every learner can be encouraged to take control over their own learning, get connected and have a voice.
21st century learning skills
I am brand new to a lot of this technology and how it can be used in the classroom. But also I've found new ways to do old tricks with the type of technology I have used in the past.
For those of you who love to share speeches and encourage your students to use speeches in your classroom. This website my be useful and it is fun for the students as well.
Coaching tactics for Marriage, Divorce and surviving after -
Training tactics for physical health -
personal training resources
join empower network
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"