Teaching Resources

Making Student Learning Public

All about Web 2.0

The Web has been rapidly evolving from a place to consume content to a more interactive modality which emphasizes collaboration, user-created content, and interconnectivity. Commonly referred to as Web 2.0, this emerging iteration of the Web is making it ever easier for students to connect with external audiences and make their learning public. In this TLC session, we explored the variety of ways Web 2.0 tools and communities are being used to publish student projects and assignments. We also looked at some of the pedagogical, social, and privacy issues associated with making student learning public.

Web 1.0:

  • Consuming content
  • Users read, listen
  • Lecture modes of teaching

Web 2.0:

  • Internet as a means of communication, content creation, collaboration
  • Users write, create media, interact with other users, participate in learning networks
  • Active, constructivist teaching and learning 

A New Type of Student

Millennials are folks born between between 1982 and 2000. By 2010 they will outnumber both baby boomers and Generation Xers. Technology has always been a part of their lives—how they communicate, how they work, how they play.

Millennial characteristics:

  • Gravitation toward group activities
  • Belief that it's cool to be smart
  • Being enthralled with new technologies
  • Being racially diverse
  • Multitasking as a way of life

With technology:

  • Computers aren't technology
  • High percentage use the Internet for school, work, leisure—the Internet is better than TV
  • Consider themselves more internet-savvy than their teachers
  • Trial and error primarily used for learning rather than logical, rule-based approach to solving problems
  • Staying connected is vital

New possibilities for Teaching and Learning:

  • Increasing ability to connect with external learners and experts
  • Increasing ability to present multi-faceted content and perspectives in concept and media
  • Access to authentic audiences
  • Tools for creating video/audio are getting easier all the time—creating video will soon be as basic as typing
  • Intriguing research shows that active learning occurs when a learner integrates both verbal and visual processes into a coherent model

New Online Tools

Making Student Learning Public with Collaboration

Wikis—online collaborative spaces

Robin Rider's class, Final Project

Google Docs—group projects and collaboration

Network and Community Building

Social Bookmarks—saving bookmarks to a public website

Delicious, Art Resources

Social Networks—profiles, public commentary & social connections



Media Rich Content

Tech Portfolios—an example

Digital Storytelling—an example

Voice Threads—collaborative online conversations around images, documents and videos

Connecting with Authentic Audiences

Blogs—personal online journals

Podcasts—media files distributed via the Web - an example

Literacy Vignettes - an example

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