Week Eight Class

Today in class, we discussed a study from Singapore that concluded that video games are somehow connected to attentional capacity.  We were all pretty concerned about the research design and the repercussions of the study’s claims.  If anyone is interested in reading more about research going on like this, check out NITLE.  I was just introduced to this group who research best practices in using ebooks, social computing, gaming, open education resources, etc. for education.  I have only browsed their site, but there are a lot of interesting case studies that y’all might enjoy perusing.

As for our book clubs, I had a fantastic time discussing my group’s selected readings with everyone.  It was a very fruitful experience and I really feel like I gained a new perspective on a lot of these readings from our time together.  This experience really reminded me of how big the idea of social reading is becoming.  In this blog post from DML, the author writes, “…most of us first experience reading as a social activity. Whether having stories read to us as children or the collective reading that characterizes early reading instruction, reading begins as a social experience. It is only as we grow older that reading becomes a private, individual activity, one often divorced from contact with others.”  So are book clubs or sites like GoodReads just adult versions of storytimes?  What else can we do to create more social avenues for, not just sharing (because there are a million ways to do that) but, encountering ideas together?

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2 thoughts on “Week Eight Class

  1. Kristin says:

    Hi – I think I mentioned this to you last night … I judged a local Battle of the Books last week, and it was almost completely recall-level questions. You had to have memorized a fact from the preface, text, or afterword. And I thought, “Gosh, a lot of time and money went into this competition which, albeit fun, is really just about memorizing data bits.” And I was thinking as I watched your room rev up, “Could kids do something like this, where they alternated responsibility for leadership? Would knowing that you would soon be the leader be motivation to be a good participant? How old would the kids be? How might that work?” and finally … “When can we try it?” 🙂

  2. Miss Masura says:

    oooh how neat! i really enjoyed the activities last night and i think that you are totally on to something. kids can learn a lot from creating their own questions and taking on leadership roles (before they are too aware of their peers’ judgments (like teens)). students at every age need to learn how to be better discussion participants and i think that they could learn a lot about what it takes to be a good participant from reflecting on what they are expecting/hoping to see from their classmates while they are leading.

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