Please read this article about our friend Mr.Fisher and the work that he, sorry, we are doing. I told you! You are on the cutting edge. People are watching. I can’t wait to see the final product of this project. I am so proud of you guys.
In the meantime, I would love to read some of your comments about this article and the project as a whole. I have listed a few powerful quotes from the article; after you have read the whole thing, please leave a comment or two about your thoughts on- what it said, the TeenLife Project, or the idea of technology as a tool for giving everyone a voice.
These are examples of a new approach to collaborative learning adopted by a handful of teachers in an attempt to bring education into the 21st century.
His combined Grade 7 and 8 class uses a blog to build a personal learning network (PLN) with three other schools in Cartagena, Columbia, rural Virginia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Online tools help the students to share ideas, send stories and images and even take part in videoconferencing. “The idea was to get kids in each country to look at the concerns of youth and teenagers in other countries,” he explained.
“It’s about getting a kid’s voice out there and giving them an audience. If you write an essay and I’m the only one reading it, nothing grows from that. Over time the ideas die.”
“When you hook kids onto a learning network you get wonderful things you never planned.”