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Digital Literacy Classroom Projects: History and Writing with Clay Burell

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Welcome to 21st century learning at Korea International School. Rather than tell you what 21st century learning can be, we'll show you some examples. For example, our "Broken World" Modern World History wiki-textbook. This is a student-created textbook. Students themselves _made_ this textbook, writing together, in what one student called "a fun and creative way." All students wrote this textbook on a wiki which is a web-based writing platform (Wikipedia is a very famous example of that), and our students are learning how to use wikis to create their own textbooks. TITLE: The United Nations is now using wikis in its work. The students write the text, do the research, find the images, and _do_ things with images that you can't _do_ in a paper textbook: Images don't animate in textbooks like they do here. Textbooks don't include videos, like we can see here, with good historical footage from YouTube. So let's take a walkthrough of the different chapters of this student-created textbook, just to give you an idea of how it looks. This is Chapter One, which explains the Stage Being Set for World War I. Chapter Two outlines the War in Europe in World War I. Again, look at the nice graphics, the video of historical television and so forth. Chapter Four, "The Peace," Chapter Five, "The Russian Revolution and Stalin," The Fall of the Qing Dynasty in China, with Chinese films from YouTube. And look at the student reflections at the end: "Why do we even care?" Students themselves asking and writing about the important questions: "Why do we care about history?" - and making sense of it themselves. This world history textbook was a great adventure for our students. And it didn't stop there. We went from the wiki textbook to using weblogs (or "blogs") for students to write their understandings of history not for the teacher, in boring "schooly" essays, but in _real-world_ writing with a real-world audience on this "Broken World Blog." On this blog, students wrote reflectively about their understandings of the _lessons_ of history from World War I to World War II. --the wonder it brought them, the questions it raised, the lessons it taught. Look at this student, Lindsay, talking about how the _story_ of history, finally, is "amazing" to her. --after nine years of schooling. [Title: "hisSTORY amazement" - don't you wish _your_ child felt that?] Students wrote some amazing things, and not only did teacher comment, but when we click on this post, we see that _the world also commented._ This "Laura," who answered a student's post about the Cold War, answered from somewhere out in the world, we do not know where. Now for those of you who are afraid of online readers "coming into our classrooms," there is nothing to fear. Teachers have complete control over what comments are allowed, on the class websites, blogs, and wikis. So there really is nothing to fear by letting the world in, and there is very, very much to learn by letting that world in. KIS also uses 21st century learning in English classrooms. This is the "1001 Flat World Tales," a world writing project with students in Denver, Colorado, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at KIS in Seoul, all writing together: 130 students, for six weeks, all writing on one website - another wiki - to give feedback to each other, by writing and commenting on their own student page and getting feedback from their peer students in other countries. Notice how each student page is also personalized: students get to know about each other as they write together. Notice also how students can put audio of themselves reading their stories, so they can listen to them. Here's one student writing her story, and as we scroll down to the bottom of the page we see the feedback that another student in the United States gave her. The "Discussion" page on the wiki allows students to also further discuss their stories, as we see here with this peer response - Mallory is in Colorado, and Jessica in Seoul has written all of these different revisions of the same story - stretching herself to write her best. The education world took notice of this, and our school was put on the 21st century map. This has never been possible in the history of education before. The United States wrote about it; Australia wrote about it; Minnesota, Colorado took notice. Leaders around the world took notice Thailand took notice.... Crazier still, Spain took notice in a Spanish-language publication... and even crazier, China took notice. And we didn't stop there. Our students became... ...publishers... ...and editors... ...and published authors... on the 1001 Flat World Tales Website ...with stories being added from around the world each year. The world is reading... ...our young writers are known (an honor for their college applications!) ...our young editor are known (another college application bullet!) Students said: "...fascinating..." "...a great experience..." "...demanding and incredible..." --read the world's best young writers! Join the 21st century at Korea International School Korea's only 1:1 Apple Laptop School and put _your_ child on the map. Created by Clay Burell High School English Teacher and Technology Mentor October 2007 Korea International School

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Duration: 7 minutes and 54 seconds
Country: South Korea
Language: English
Producer: Beyond School / Korea International School
Director: Clay Burell
Views: 213
Posted by: cburell on Jul 31, 2008

An overview of a global creative writing workshop on a wiki, and of a history unit in which students create their own wiki textbook and reflective blog in very creative, high-level ways.

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