Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Week 4 - Wikis

For this week, you will have two SEPARATE postings.

Post #1 - Building your RSS Reader


Using a site like http://blogsearch.google.com/ or http://technorati.com/ search for blogs that might be of interest to you based upon your own teaching background (e.g., grade levels, students, geographic location, subject area, etc.).

Select three (3) of these blogs to add to your RSS reader (and feel free to select more than three if you find others that are of interest to you).

Write an entry to your blog by Tuesday, July 24th that lists the three blogs you have selected, the address for each of these three blogs, and a sentence or two about why you selected to follow them. Please include more than something to the effect of, "It was a blog about using technology in elementary school." or "It was about teaching high school mathematics in an urban area." There are dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of blogs that meet those criteria. Why did you pick that specific one? What about it caught our attention and/or interest?

There is no requirement to comment on others' blog entries for this post.

Post #2 - Judging the Quality of Wikis

There have been many opinions about the use of resources like Wikipedia in the classroom. Some teachers refuse to accept information from students when their source is Wikipedia, while others are more than happy to allow their students to use it as an authoritative source. A group of scholars even examined the issue of the accuracy of Wikipedia.

At the heart of it, Wikipedia is a wiki that anyone can contribute to and anyone can change. How do you view Wikipedia as a resource for your students? Why?

In addition to the entry responding to this prompt on your own blog this week, please respond to at least two of your fellow students' blogs.  Your own response to this prompt should be posted by midnight on Friday, July 20th, 2012. Your comments on other students' blogs should be completed by midnight on Monday, July 23rd, 2012.

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