It’s not the “blog”

How refreshing.  A presentation about blogging that isn’t about blogs.  It’s about writing.  Quote:

“Learning to read and write is not learning how texts stick together, but how people stick together…” (Brandt 1990)

The presenter is Sara Kajder and she’s talking about telling a story.  She’s talking about the difference between having students start with images and then write, and starting with the writing and then adding the images.  Very interesting, especially the conversations that happened in the classroom about the differences.

Interestingly, her students use Skype, not just to collaborate, but to do research.  I know that’s not unusual, except that the way she approaches it, teleconferencing is a research tool.  They kids work to find sources.  They’re using a map of the world rather than searching an index or reference work.

Here class is actually having a lot of success in connecting with authors for conversations about writing.  One thing that’s important here, is that her  students discuss whether their stories will convey themselves better as a blog article, podcast, or digital story.

Now, she’s going to the wiki, and she says that she’s finding wikis to be an incredibly compelling writing tool.  She said that she’d always had students save their work from word processor, she always had them “save as..”  This way they could go back and examine the evolution of their writing.  Wikis do this for you.  She doesn’t really use it for the sake of collaboration as much as for thought tracking.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.