T1.5 Thursday Nov 18 1:30-2:45
Cyber English was created so that we might explore the pedagogy of
constructivism. It was begun in 1994 and the results have been
encouraging. The premise is that education is a student activity and it
is an interactive process between the scholar and hir mentors. The
Internet provides for this interactivity. The scholars harvest from the
Internet and they plant their work on the net. Many teachers use the net
to access information as in research. However, the real power of the net
in our classrooms is to provide our scholars with public exposure. The
practice of scholarship is to make the work public, to engage in peer
review, and to pass it on. So in the spirit of scholarship, my students
publish all of their work on the web in their webfolios to make it public.
They engage in peer
review and telementoring. And
finally their work becomes a resource for someone else.
Cyber English utilizes
the Internet to access the available online information for the class and
to publish the scholars work. The Internet provides us for the first time
a totally interactive environment for our scholars. Unlike the text,
television, video, teacher, which are all one way delivery systems of
instruction; the Internet provides a two way environment. This two way
environment provides relevance to the students and better engages them
when they are working on their projects.
Assessing the work of the scholars becomes authentic. The interactive
aspect of the Internet provides the avenue for authentic assessment. The
Internet provides the means to allow the audience, the populace to
interact with the scholars in their public schools. That would be a pure
national test. If the work of every person in our schools was online and
accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere then assessment is being done.
Accessibility for assessment by the person or persons interested in
assessing some scholars' work is a power of the Internet. Make assessing
public. Utilizing the genius of America, no the world, via the net can
drastically alter edcuation, no learning!
My PowerPoint PresentationWe had a very large and engaged audience. Some of the important elements which came out of this session:
We aren't technology teachers.
Use linking to go to other sites, to own, and to classmates.
Using rubrics to assess.
Copyright was deferred to Saturday's session
Cyber English has great attendance.
Greatest weakness is the teacher.