Thursday, November 23, 2006

Reflect

I was interested to see in the new issue of Reflect from NRDC, under the heading Effective Practice:
Our analysis pointed to four guiding principles for ILT in a Skills for Life context:
1. Foster learner autonomy.
2. Enhance peer collaboration.
3. Plan the construction of artefacts.
4. Aim for technological diversity.

We also identified two strategies that do not appear to work:
1. Telling learners how to do the task rather than listen, discuss, prompt and extend.
2. Tutors using PowerPoint.
Although the research was done 2 years ago, and activities observed were things such as webquests and mindmaps (Web 1.0), the conclusions (autonomy, collaboration, doing) are more Web 2.0. A report and practitioner guide will follow. I hope the guide will include Web 2.0 ideas: blogs, forums, etc., as they should enable those guiding principles. It will be interesting to read the research which led to these conclusions.

There was also a review about using Wikipedia, with some ideas and starting links. It might also be useful to think of Simple Wikipedia, maybe to use in tandem. This has the benefit of using easy English. It might be easier also for groups to edit or add pages. Wikis are also also Web 2.0, the web as a place where people are writing information as well as reading it.

I always enjoy reading Reflect. This is Issue 6, available only in pdf at the moment. Earlier issues in html are here.

2 comments:

pete said...

Hey Chris
Found you! Great to see you blogging too. I'll add you to my rss feed.
Moodle is so exciting and I just wish I could sell the idea to other staff - it's the sort of thing that you don't appreciate until you start using it, then realise there's a revolution taking place!

pete said...

Heck I didn't even remember starting a blogger account but I was able to sign in! My blog is at http://pwhitfield.edublogs.org
A lot of teachers use edublogs.org so may not have a google log in. Is there an option to post to your blog without having to login Chris?
Powerpoint - not a drug I ever took I'm pleased to say!