Question the Web


CC BY-NC-SA Karen Eliot. Question Mark.

CC BY-NC-SA Karen Eliot. Question Mark.

Come join an open group as we co-discover fun ways to read,write, and participate on the web.

Coming Again This FALL!!!!

Question the web is an open classroom environment designed to teach students how to critically evaluate websites. We cannot teach argumentative writing without a focus on credibility and the web.

Students learn these skills in reading and writing are production-based, collaborative, and rooted in discourses of the dicsipline.

This class can be used in anyway by teachers. The learning materials and everything on this site are openly licensed (CC BY-NC-SA).

If you  want to take part in the power of open learning (and if your Acceptable Use Policies allow) you can connect with others using the tag #Questiontheweb. Teachers will run through the activities and get hands on support in March. Then in April the class opens up to classrooms.

We will be using web annotation, blogs, and Twitter. Students will publish their own content and share it using tags. Some classes will choose to connect. Other classes may have  teachers sharing reflections online and keeping the work of students private. It is up to you.

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PD Model

This course infuses the values and principles of connected learning. We as teachers will develop our own credibility and webmaker skills as we engage in a production based make cycle. Therefore three underlying pathways exist for both the teacher and student in us all:

  • Learning by making. Be close to objects. Experience the process of making and reflect on it. Let what you’re making guide what you want to learn.

  • Awaken the teacher in everyone. Peers share skills with each other. Watch an activity, do it yourself, teach it to others.

  • Think in the open, act in the world. Teaching and learning can be a political act. Leverage the web to empower yourself and your community. Share back. Participate and reflect in the open. —Michelle Thorne (2015).

Teachers are also extremely busy the PD Model is also designed to be manageable. First everything is optional and set up for you to drop in and out. For example their are tutorials for every make cycle that covers the basic of the tools. You can skip these if you don’t need them or skip directions and return to the tutorials as you try to figure out what you are doing.

Online Doesn’t Mean Alone

This model asks you to create and share your learning but it doesn’t ask you to do it alone. There will be weekly chats, an open forum and video hangouts to help our community.

The professional development model is openly networked. In the first activity you will either set up or share an existing blog. There will be an RSS feed for all the blogs and comments associated with #QuestionTheWeb. We will alsobe using an annotation tool. There will be a stream of every annotation that used the tag: QuestionTheWeb. Finally we will communicate on Twitter using the hashtag #QuestiontheWeb.

  • Make together we will use a weekly cycle so we can help each other out as we co-learn.

  • Create artifacts of learning We will create the same artifacts of learning that we will ask of our students. Not only will this help us mentor learners but we will develop a library of mentor texts to use in the classroom.

  • Be a model. Be a mentor. For many of us we will be learning with our students. That is okay. Learning isn’t so much about knowing all the answers. Its about knowing how to ask the right question.

Professional Development Activities

Teaching with RSS

Using blogs to connect out classrooms to the world.

Annotate the Web

Using Hypothesis.isto mark up the web for credibility

Hacking Credibility

Using X-Ray Goggles to remix the credibility of webpages

Screencasting Think Alouds

Analyzing Bias Through Video Think Alouds.

Student Activities

Activity One: Kraken the Code

A wonder of science or a seafaring tale?

Activity Two: Identify Credibility Markers

How do these hoax sites look so real?

Activity Five: Annotate the web for credibility

Using annotation tools to markup the web

Activity six: Make bias Think Alouds

Using perspectives to shape truths.

Student Data and Privacy

This is an open classroom. We look at data to inform what we are doing and as part of our professional identities. You can read more about the privacy and research guidelines here.

Each school will decide if student artifacts are to be shared online. Participants have the option of sharing their learning online or keeping it private. Some may choose to use pseudonyms. It is up to each individual teacher to ensure compliance with their local Acceptable Use Policy.