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    • an interesting research project that tracked how teachers and students used wikis and blogs in the classroom — Web 2.0 in the Classroom, Blogs and Wikis.
    • 1.  Virtual class space.
    • test review
    • share opinions
    • discussion questions
    • blog debates
    • give and receive criticism about their artwork.
    • One failed project is noteworthy — the teacher asked students to create a wiki about skin diseases, with each student covering a different disease.  Students did not engage in any discussions on this project, because there was no real reason for them to care about reading, and commenting, on each others’ posts. 
    • 2.  Communication
    • a class blog where students would post comments and questions as they developed their project (a “digital story”).
    • a travel blog, and asked each student to write an imaginary blog post about their visit to a spanish speaking country.
    • students didn’t really care about posting a blog post to the entire world – they cared more about communicating with people in their local community or classroom.
    • 3.  Making and Producing Stuff
      • the take-home messages are that:

      • Most teachers are using web 2.0 to create a virtual reflection of their classroom.  Students can find resources and a virtual community online.
      • The task has to be an interesting topic, where kids have a stake in it.  “Facts about skin disease” doesn’t fall under that rubric.
      • Using blogs to reflect on one’s own learning, or to have a discussion, were useful.  Individual student blogs didn’t.  The best blogs were whole class blogs, where a teacher would post a question and students would respond via comments.
  • Daniel Light (the presenter) shared his very detailed paper with a review of how teachers used many of the different tools and techniques discussed in this blog post.  Download that here: Web 2.0 in classrooms

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