Next week our small little corner of the Web kicks-off.
#QuestionTheWeb will be an exciting way to examine credibility of sources and argumentative writing. We will focus on critical evaluation and I think this emphasis on sourcing will improve how we construct and deconstruct arguments.
This is the first time I have tried to create an iteration such as #QuestionTheWeb. In the past I have completed connected courses but I envision this as a connected classroom. I want us to play as teachers and try student learning events. I want us to read, write, and participate on the open web.
Then we iterate and try the activities with students. My hope is that many of the students will also be be able to learn in openly networked ways. I do understand that some districts may not allow this so feel free to come along and have students work offline or in closed networks. Just share a reflection of what happened in your classroom.
This is not a MOOC
I want to connect our communities to student learning, artifacts, and outcomes. I want us to model how students co-learn in networked spaces.
Thats the difference I envision with #QuestionTheWeb. I want to make our students the focus of our growth. I hope we create a global hub with lots of small spokes forking and changing our resources.
It will work better as an open community building a connected classroom.
There will be no forty minute talking head MOOC videos (15 minute netcasts you can join), no discussion board posts (unless you want) and no syllabus.
We will work together to help each other. Many of us will be trying new things. I hope we reach out using the forum or Twitter (hashtag: #QuestionTheWeb) if you need to connect.
There are no due dates or timelines. I will loosely stick to a once a week schedule for each of the professional development topics but you can stop by, lurk, or drop in any time. We care more that we learn and not so much when we learn.
Who are we?
Currently 13 educators have signed on for the ride. Eight ELA teachers, two history teachers, four technology, one writing, a music teacher, and a generalist (the math is off because of multiple topics).
There are potentially hundreds of students that will be getting involved in the project. I am excited to see how open many of us can be under the constraints of K-12 schooling.
What do we have to do?
What’s left to do?
Finish the Activities
I am trying to finish up the pinnacle make for the learning cycle. I believe that it hard for students to understand how perspective affects truth and bias when we strip away contexr.
To address this concern I am trying biased think-aloud. Avatars will read sources with a confirmation bias and an opposing bias.
Develop Professional Development Page
I believe in this professional development model. It is interest driven and customized for each teacher.
I want teachers to be able to apply this experience to their PD requirements where possible. We have the learning materials and we jduge our success using artifacts of student learning.
To track our progress you can choose to apply for badges. These are listed in each PD activity. When possible I am using Mozilla’s webmaker badges and supplementing these with my own #EdTech badges.
Make. Hack. Play. Learn
This of course is both our final and first step.