Ouch that's cold! Lots of great people have come through KY because of Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Thanks for your dedication to our country! I won't complain about having to add an extra layer for the cold (21) today. LOL
Yah, that can be a problem. The only way I know how to deal with that is to use the discussion page for responses. It also creates the opportunity for students to respond more easily to other students. Each page has a discussion page option that is designed so people won't always be commenting over top of each other. It would change your structure somewhat but it might also open up other opportunities.
One thing I do with my students is a considerable amount of metacognitive questions (part of my dissertation work) because I want them to start recognizing how they process information and what processes I'm using to help them process information. It is similar to the where am I at mid-year conversation you started with your students. A lot of other countries (especially Singapore and Japan) use metacognition as part of their instruction. I think it makes sense, so I push it.
Again, thanks for sharing, and I look forward to reading more of your input.
I just looked at your wiki. I am a new wiki user myself. I teach adult basic ed to new immigrants and to those working toward their GED. I invite you to look at my wiki posted on my page. My wiki (pbwiki.com) has comment sections for each page created which makes it easier for students to comment on a page and for you to reply to their comments or for other students to reply as well.
Are you managing your whole school wiki?
Thanks for sharing.
Art, I just checked your wiki site out. I love it, you give your students a lot of voice!!! I loved the mid-year comments page, what a great idea. I would love to know more about what was working for you with the wiki and what you would like to see improve. Thanks for responding to the wiki discussion.
Hi Art! Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get Alaska students involved. Please let me know. Thanks!
I like your newspaper idea a lot. We've been talking a lot about different kinds of communication, including the "mass" communication that happens in schools (newspapers, newsletters, principal's blog, permission slips, etc). The concept of RSS is simply pushing information that people are interested in to the top of their list of things to look at, and I think we're planning to do something similar to that. The part we hadn't talked much about is the student involvement in publishing these widespread communications, something I think would be awesome. When we get a little further along, we will be sure to contact you again to try it out and give us some feedback!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!