Education is a Conversation not a Monolog
On January 16th, I ordered the book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms from Amazon. I have been anxiously waiting its arrival as I am very interested in these topics. Imagine my suprise when the author, Will Richardson, was scheduled to present at IL-TCE. I had never heard him speak before so I decided to go to his first presentation "The New Read/Write Web: Transforming the Classroom". I loved it so much I decided to stay for his second presentation "What's up with Wikis?" For both of these presentations, he has a website with support material at http://webloggedlinks.pbwiki.com/. As an educator who practices what he preaches, this is created using a wiki, of course. (pbwiki)
There was so much great information that I have decided to just list comments which he made which resonated with me:
- Education is a conversation not a monolog. (I think this is my newest favorite quote.)
- Teachers will say "publish it" not "hand it in".
- Just because we don't get MySpace, it will not stop students from using it. (as a mother of 2 teenagers, this hit home)
- Wikipedia is a passonate community contributing to a resource.
Thanks, Will, for an enlightening day. Still waiting for my book... Guess I should of ordered it directly from you instead of Amazon!