Creativity coupled with Web 2.0 tech is finding a way into our classwork, and changing it. In one of his latest posts (How to get students to find and read 94 articles before the next class) Mike Wesch (Digital Ethnography) proves how fun it is to experiment with this. He devised a method to have students read academic papers and discuss them. Remember cafeteria chats on how difficult it is nowadays to have students read? (Remember how our fathers complained the same thing about us?)
Wesch’s method goes like this:
Each student was required to find 5 articles, read them, and summarize them; uploading their summaries (or the author’s own abstract) into a ZohoCreator form.
All the summaries were instantly available to all the other students, and they all got fed from the database and formatted into a nice Web presentation.
Says Mike Wesch:
By the time of our next class, all 16 students had read 5 articles and been exposed to the main ideas of 94 articles. This created an amazing foundation for deep conversation.
I have a feeling we teachers may sometimes be the bottleneck to our students’ learning. Wesch shows we can change! And students do read!