Notable Quotables


David Warlick, Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century


"If all our children learn to do is read, they will not be literate."

Author's website: http://davidwarlick.com/2cents


Steve Lee and Miles Berry, Effective e-Learning through Collaboration


"...e-Learning provides learning resources in interesting electronic media and makes them available ‘anywhere, anytime’.
Such media provides enhanced impact, improved accessibility, can be repurposed for new uses and also help improve differentiation."

"Many students find that their learning is most effective when they actively construct knowledge during group social interaction and collaboration. Characteristics of such approaches also include: an awareness of multiple perspectives, provision of realistic contexts, a sense of ownership and voice, learning as a social experience, an acknowledgement of multiple modes of representation and a sense of self-awareness (metacognition, or learning about learning). These approaches are variously called social constructivism, social learning, collaborative learning or aggregated learning."

"...because the technology acts as a levelling force, in which all may collaborate as equal partners, students who might not ordinarily contribute, perhaps as a result of a disability or shyness, can now join in activities as equals. Perhaps somewhat disconcertingly, the levelling effect also means that students can readily amend tutors’ work, or enter in lively discussion with experts." (emphasis mine)

"Many of the available tools allow for ‘asynchronous’ interaction, meaning each person can be involved at a different time as best suits them, with the archive of the conversation available to all. This... meets the needs of those with a range of learning styles..." (emphasis mine)

Author's websites: http://fullmeasure.co.uk/ http://elgg.net/mberry/weblog



Alan November, Blogging: Shift of Control


"One of the reasons we fear these technologies is because we as teachers don't yet understand them or use them."

"Unlike word processing, or using an interactive whiteboard, or having students present a PowerPoint presentation to classmates behind closed doors, blogging shifts the concept of the control of information. Perceptions of time, space and relationships are expanded. The audience moves from teacher and class to the world. Teachers are no longer the sole or even the primary arbitrator of student work. It is even possible that teachers do not have to work as hard to motivate traditionally failing students or to set much higher expectations for excelling students."

Author's website: http://www.novemberlearning.com/blc



Anne Davis, Edublog Insights


“Sometimes when I see all the stuff that is posted on blogs by teenagers I find myself wishing that someone had given them some guidance. Lots of them are just not thinking. We need to build these types of things into our discussions in our classrooms. I like to think that good teaching about responsible weblog use would help."