Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wanting to be engaged.

Parallel Play is extremely important in todays classroom. This video shows us the importance of engaging student through the use of wikis. The main thing I took away from this video was that you can't just set up thing you want students to learn and then expect them to do it. Students have to want to be engaged. So as this video disscusses some ways of doing this would be to find out what your childrens interests are. By simply doing this children will not look at some project as work and a chore but rather fun and experience to learn.

I like how wikis give children a new way to express themselves. In my education we never had ways to really do this. The only classes I can remember were web design. Maybe if someone in class designed a good web page they would get recognized. Now with things like wiki you could show all students work and even allow students to make contructive comments.

This video gives me great ideas to use wikis in the classroom. As long as I can use them right. According to the video if the wiki offers students choice, novelty, variety, and authenticity students are learning. I have thought of ways to use wikis. Maybe have students do science projects or book reports. Wikis could be used for all subjects. Maybe at the beginning of the semester I can make surveys and find out my students interests and then design my assignments around that.Overall when used right wikis allow for great classroom colaboration.

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