Sunday, August 10, 2008

Working with Nings

This semester I have decided to try something completely different with Year 9/10 IT elective class. I want my students to consider how their world is influenced and is changing due to the internet and in particular Web 2.

Using curriculum framing questions as our guide, I have posed the questions

How is our world changing? as our essential question.
Then as our unit questions I have asked
How does the internet influence our lives?
Why do so many people now share their lives on the internet?
How do people share on the internet?
How can we ensure that our online safety and reputation is not compromised or damaged?
and as our content questions I have asked the students to answer
What does the term Web2.0 refer to?
What are data mashups?
What are blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, social networks, video sharing sites?
What is an online profile?
What is cybersafety and cyberbullying?

While they are exploring these answers they will be using web2 tools such as a wiki to share their resources, their own blog to reflect on their own and each other's learning, a ning to communication and collaborate with each other and many other online tools to demonstrate their learning.
It's only early days and this is a journey that we will all be undertaking together.

I have already enlisted a class from a neighbouring school who will be joining us this week and we would love others to join us. So if you have a class of 14, 15, 16 year olds who are interested in joining us on a journey of discovery please email me or comment to this post and I will send you an invite to our ning and our wiki. As teachers we can also collaborate in the projects and activities that we will have students undertake.


Ning Because this is a ning for Year 9/10 students at this stage I have made the settings private so you will need to email or ask via the comments on this post to ask for an invitation.


Tony Searl said...

Great questions you list. How is it going with your kids? I'm really interested in their responses as I am about to try a similiar survey as part of my Year 7 English unit on media. Mind if I borrow a few questions and ideas?

Anne said...

Hi Tony
we are going quite well although I have to say it's very early days yet. I only have them three periods a week so for the past couple of weeks its really been about familiarizing and setting them up with their blogs, wiki and of course the ning. Last lesson they set up their own delicious account.
I would be very happy to have you use the questions and would really love it if you got your kids to join up with us. I realise though that your kids are younger than our students (mine are Yr 9/10) so it may not be appropriate.
I would be happy to pass on any thoughts that the students have as well. If you would like to join the ning then go to this link and request to join.