Encourage fhe joy of learning. Blog#1
If one of the school media librarian’s missions is to encourage the joy of learning by developing the necessary skills to access information and to use technology, then Tom Creed’s article, “Power Point, No! Cyberspace, Yes!” published in The National Teaching Forum http://www.ntlf.com/html/pi/9705/creed_1.htm gives the reader excellent advice on enhancing a student’s learning through student-centered and student controlled assignments taught with electronic communication. Although Mr. Creed is a college instructor, his suggestions can be adapted to elementary and middle school students.
Encouraging young people to be interactive is usually not a problem. In the classroom setting, group assignments allow each student to show off his/her individual talent and use it for the benefit of the whole, as well as, gain knowledge from the other students in their group. Working as a team, the learners determine how to accomplish the teacher’s (or state’s) objective. Although the teacher initiates the assignment, s/he becomes a resource for the students, not the team leader.
But… how is the slower learner or the shy child heard within a work group? Electronic communication such as a blog, a wiki, or email allow for the comfort level and needs of each child. S/he can work at his/her own pace and comment when s/he is ready. It seems that these young students would be more willing to take risks- to put themselves out there- with electronic communication promoting a way of learning that will bring growth and success to each child.