June 27, 2007

Cleaning out my locker

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

LockerThere’s is no other time of the year that illustrates why we need to change more that the end of the year. Kids complete 10 months of learning only to bring home garbage bag full of paper which is going to likely end up in the trash. There will be a few diligent parents who harvest a fine piece of art to go into their scrapbooks but not many.

Yesterday I listened to a great interview by Jon Udell with Dr. John Willinsky. A statement was made when referring to student work “Who is ever going to see this work again?” They discuss the need for students to create and build public knowledge. Students ought to be building on the work of the past and add, modify and make it better. (see wikipedia for more evidence) If you really understand the point of Web 2.0, you get this. What message do we send our students when we cannot give them a reason to save their work? How about, “it’s not that important”?

Our school division is moving data off an old server to a new one. Much of the work there consisted of old teacher websites and other projects long abandoned. I was asked if I had anything over there I wanted to keep. I’ve probably got lots of stuff created in html but still have a few pieces I use and link to. I’m going to have these moved over and perhaps even updated. But even if I don’t update, there is work there that I’m proud to share and keep.

I look back to my experiences in developing this sites in my pre-web2.0 days and realize many good ideas have been born from these. In particular some of the work I did with Moose Jaw Schools using video demonstrates the relevant, authentic learning we continue to strive for today. Back then, more time was spent on technical issues but concepts of citizen journalism fall directly in line with blogs, wikis, et.al.

I also want to try out a new video tool. I suspect it may not buffer as as fast as youtube but thought it looked good.

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