Saturday, March 29, 2008

[TIPS] THIS is what I'm talkin' about!

Once again, Brian Crosby's class shows what can be done when you've got a teacher (two, in this case) who can take a regular lesson and transform it into one that also gives the kids some real skills that they can use as lifelong learners. Read the post. Here's a clip:
"The students are collaboratively writing stories in groups of 3 or 4 using Google Docs. Today they logged into their shared Google Docs so they could write and discuss the stories they have been brainstorming at the same time. What made this truly transformative was we also set-up computers in our rooms with web cams and had the students working on the same stories discussing characters and setting and plot and everything else involved in their stories over video-Skype, while at the same time editing together via Google Docs. So they were discussing and watching each other edit and add content while seeing and talking to each other at the same time."
Remember, these are elementary school kids! Imagine the pressure that the middle school and high school teachers must feel when they know that their students are coming to them with THIS kind of experience already. How can you possibly believe that they will be willing to sit and take notes in isolation in a high school class when they've already been collaboarting with kids from another state - while in 4th grade!!
Brian's blog is called, "Learning is Messy." I think, at least in HIS class, it should be called, "Learning is FUN!"


Gail said...

Just ran across your blog through Jokaydia in SL. Will continue to look. Just thought I'd let you know I was here.

Jim Gates said...

Glad to have you as a reader. I hope you'll find enough on here to make you want to stay.