For week four, I wrote learning goals using the provided template for a project I have started with my sixth grade students which we will continue next fall, hopefully in grades 6, 7, and 8. I will share this “Share the Web Soapbox” project with my students.
We will apply our Common Core State Standards which apply for #teachtheweb while following our interests and passions, writing the web with media literacy.
The goal is to introduce students to an open web, a transparent, sharing web in which their projects matter, and their voice can be heard. We will read, write, and share on projects that matter to us, learning to code, to search, to read, to write, to convince, to collaborate.
Just have to get this out. This is how kids feel, and what kids want in school: the chance to learn by making. Really, that’s how I’ve learned to write and how to do anything. It’s so interesting, exciting, engaging, and I don’t want to stop.
My new friend Emma Irwin and I just discussed this in our Google Hangout to hash out our mashout for the Mozilla #teachtheweb project. She showed me github and her part of our collaboration by screensharing; made feel like I could do that to, especially since my students and I have been playing with Mozilla thimbles. Now I do have to say that remember the days of Claris Home Page — anyone reading remember that?
So in our #teachtheweb community, Emma posted a request for collaborators just as I read a tweet that Week 3 was to collaborate. I hopped right in, and as usual, the one word we’re talking about is true: OPEN. Yes, join. Yes, you’re welcome to join. Yes. That’s the HOPE of OPEN: welcome, open, transparent, sharing, reviewing, critiquing, creating, reviewing, revising, revising to creation so others can re-create it. Janet Webster was Chief Reviewer to the brainstorm crew of Emma and Sheri, and Vivek Ananth also joined in.
It’s a great collaborative endeavor, with each of us adding our own particular strengths to bringing the project to fruition. That’s collaboration. It’s not done yet, but I just wanted share the fun of it — and the learning that occurred because of it. I learned about code, design, reflection, collaboration, privacy, and copyright. More on that in a different post.
Right now: here’s what you have to look forward to:
The students are engaged and collaborative, jumping around helping each other figure out the code. “Go to line 20,” one will call out, followed by directions. In each class, one student always excels and offers to help the others, even though this is completely new to them.
I explained how the tags are like the Russian dolls, each enclosing the others. I explained the image in Basic HTML, then a Thimble code page and the similar coding on that page. Then I let them go, and they didn’t stop.
Coding is poetry.
A balance and symmetry.
At student-parent-teacher conferences, coding was the favorite part to share, and parents were amazed that their students were learning a new language!
Take a look at the projects, and then try it. Let us know how you do!