By Terry Freedman
We ran two 1 day workshops with students and teacher representatives from Bolton’s high schools. There was a 3:1 ratio of students to teachers.
In terms of learning we were focusing upon the development of a range of concepts which were driven by an acute awareness of audience & purpose.
Concepts investigated were strongly related to issues connected to the following:
Working collaboratively online e.g. writing, drafting, editing & re-drafting.
Social responsibility/values e.g. students setting the guideline for engagement with WikiVille, deciding on acceptable/ unacceptable practice such as plagiarism & causing offence.
Critical thinking & web literacy e.g. challenging what we find online and being slow to accept what was found as ‘the truth’.
Cultural differences and the way in which the media paints our lives and therefore influences our perception of the world e.g. how we can re-address this through vehicles for 21st Century global student voice, like WikiVille.