Monday, February 11, 2008

What should a literate teacher be able to do?

This is quoted from David Warlick's blog 2c worth, who wrote these notes live from Stephen Heppel's keynote address at the 105th annual OLA Super Conference on January 30th.

Heppell asked a group of students what a literate teacher should be able to do, and they agreed that teacher should be able to:

  • upload to YouTube
  • edit a Wikipedia article
  • choose a safe online payments site
  • subscribe to a podcast and unsubscribe
  • turn on and off predictive text
  • manage a groups Flickr photos (and spell Flickr!)
  • look after a community in Facebook

Blogging for Students

Here's a podcast called Blogging for Beginners from this Thinking About Learning blog. This podcast is for students to introduce the concepts of blogging.

Here's a great quote from this blog:
My school is in the midst of a blogging revolution! It all began with one 5th grade teacher who was willing to try something new, (thanks, Emily!) and now it’s the latest craze. The students in all six 5th grade classes, four 4th grade classes, and even one 3rd grade class have their own blogs. That’s over 220 blogs in our school! The goal is to blog at least once a week. The students love it because it’s fun. They stop me in the hall in the mornings to ask if today is their day to blog. Teachers love it because it motivates their students to write, it ties directly into their curriculum, it builds literacy, it improves technology skills, and it provides a great way for students to reflect and share what they’ve learned.