Learning Goals
 

One of my overarching learning goals is to have students critically examine their own use of Internet resources like Wikipedia and learn to use such resources in a more effective way.  I want students to develop their research skills by exploring how to efficiently and meaningfully use a searchable tool like Wikipedia.  Part of developing these research skills, is teaching students to consider reliability and bias in the research materials they use.  Another different, but related, goal of this unit is to have students write and publish for a specific and authentic audience.   

These goals are supported by literature in the field of educational technology.  Armstrong and Warlick (2004) make a point of emphasizing information-finding as a key component in mastering “Exposing Knowledge.”  Their revised definition of literacy includes “the ability to identify needed information, use Web searching tools to find it, and employ research strategies that expose the best information” (22).  Furthermore, scholars like Renee Hobbs advocate for “authentic learning” in the classroom.  Several prominent theories of education (constructivism, project-based learning, etc.) support the idea that students learn best in environments that promote learning through “direct experience with tasks they themselves value” (Sizer in Hobbs, 1998).

References:

Armstrong, S. & Warlick, D. (2004).  The new literacy: The 3Rs evolve into the 4Es.  Technology & Learning, 20-28.

 

Hobbs, R. (1998).  Literacy in the information age.  In J. Flood, D. Lapp, and S. B. Heath (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts (pp. 7-14).  International Reading Association.  New York: Macmillan.

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