Just wanted to post Bernie Dodge’s NECC presentation link about incorporating blogs and wikis with Web Quests. It was a really thought-provoking talk that I know got lots of people (over 500) thinking a lot more about how to use these technologies. The important point to note, I think, is his reference to blogs and wikis and pedagogy. At his talk, Bernie said on a couple of occasions that teachers really need to think through how to use these tools, not just to blog for blogging’s sake. His context with Web Quests is such a great way of not only learning to use the tools but to think about how to use them well. For example, this Austrian class that used a wiki to compile what it found about the upcoming US presidential elections. And there are countless other ways that teachers can do this.
Oy…I need more hours. We should all be wikiing or collaborating to capture these ideas in one place like at Tom’s Webloggy Websites for Schools. Just very tough to carve out more time than it takes to read, think, and reflect on things in this space.