I wanted to draw attention to a story I read this morning in the Mansfield (OH) News Journal that is evidence, I think, of the power technology can have to transform learning. All of you still at NECC will find this particularly relevant.
It’s about a teacher who has helped turn a class of struggling readers into passionate writers, creators and book lovers by using wikis
and other Web 2.0 applications as a supplement to their reading intervention program — READ 180
. The students are doing research projects on wikis, discussing what they read on blogs and citing work using NoodleTools
Students said they used to hate English class, and now they find it relevant. The teacher, Karrie Brown, said this: “I try to instill the love of reading by linking it to their individual interests.”