So, I have decided to extend our work on wiki construction to create a very quick collaboration in response to The Dumbest Generation (see my previous post).
My kids don't want to be labeled dumb - so now they can take a step in the direction of proving it. And get a better handle on learning about the wiki environment.
A quick review of what we have been doing:
- We have been reading for relaxation (CPPR: choice of public or private reading) all year
- The librarian wanted kids to contribute reviews to share reading preferences
- The school got a new Apple server in February and configured it to host wikis (not great, but OK) and blogs
- We tried out blogging, with short creative challenges, and learned how to blog and to comment
- We expanded commenting to VoiceThread projects
- We wrote serious book reviews, then moved them into a Book Review Wiki
- Students made book, author, and genre pages, linking them all together
- Students will edit and add to each other's reviews
Time to turn the wiki into collaborative fun, but remember what Papert liked to say - "Learning is hard fun."
So, I have created a section of the Literacy 8 wiki called Smartest Generation Project. Beginning tomorrow, students will be challenged to group themselves into topic interests, to find a "problem" within the topic, to explore solutions, and to reach consensus on one solution to the problem. All via the wiki environment. I will start the group building on poster paper in the classroom, but after that I will step back and watch. Great way to end the year!
I will be recording the journey here. You can follow it yourself at the Smartest Generation Project.