Tuesday, May 08, 2007

[TIPS] Latin America wiki project

Kristin H points to a cool wiki project being run by two classes in her school. http://learninglatinamerica.wikispaces.com/ The students are studying Latin America. The two classes are working together to build this space. There is a nice personal and group rubric so they know how it will be graded, and they seem to have taken to it nicely.

What I like are the discussion pages. Take a moment to read down through those pages from time to time. It's fun to see the thought processes going on with it. The kids just don't quite know what to do. But, they gradually warm to it and now I think they are ready to go with it. Kristin said that one student commented that since people IN those countries can read what they write she feels she has to be REALLY accurate and she has to correct her grammar, etc. See what authentic assessment can do for motivation?

Wouldn't it be great if a school in one of those countries picked up on this and asked to join in? Just imagine the spark THAT would have with those kids. Next thing you know there is a kype meeting to introduce the classes. Then some brainstorming to see how the two groups could work together. THen some timetables set. Then the fun begins!

Any takers?

1 comment:

Kristin Hokanson said...

Jim--
Thanks for pointing to our project--you have a lot more Latin American readers than my ONE--(thanks Jeff D Hopefully we can make some connections that will help the kids to realize the power of their words when posted on the web for global projects (and in MySpace, and Facebook, and SecondLife, and Twitter, CyberBullying and.....