Cite sources, just like they did?
Which talk was it that Ken Robinson gave, in which he said that the age in which the highest respected profession, that of professor, is coming to an end? I remember him saying that professors tend to live inside their head and that most people do not think like professors and yet this is what we aspire to. I found this idea liberating.
This week, I read an article tweeted by Sylvia Tolisano on a related topic:
Plagiarism is Dead; Long Live the Retweet: Unpacking an Identity Crisis in Digital Content – Hybrid Pedagogy https://t.co/CTiUcTkHKr
— Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches) February 17, 2016
I made a connection to A Spider’s Web of Gullibility by fellow Coetailer Donna Frose. One of the comments to this blogpost was ‘knowledge creation and ownership is taken out of the hands of a few, and given to the many’.
Also, I read:
“Somehow the “gates” of peer review, the weighting of elite versus popular publication modes and media, and scholarly club memberships must be stripped of their power. We need more diverse books, voices, attitudes, journals, and styles.” – Hybrid Pedagogy https://t.co/CTiUcTkHKr
My son who is in grade 9 and doing the IBMYP is reminded all the time he has to cite his sources and while I was helping him with an essay I kept on thinking that although we do need to acknowledge where we get our ideas from, we should be teaching students to create more diverse books, voices, attitudes and styles. In particular, we should be teaching them how to link, because:
“Online reading is constructive and dynamic: while reading for information, clicking across and through a variety of embedded and suggested links, each reader creates a unique (and transient) new text whose reality is physical only in a “follow the clicks” sense.” – Hybrid Pedagogy https://t.co/CTiUcTkHKr
Much like we do in our Coetail posts, a student who follows this same style of writing can be showing exactly how and where he got his information in a much more accessible fashion. In a very honest and transparent way, students can potentially show us how new ideas and understandings emerged and what they are built on. What’s more, they can engage in collaborative dialogue and invite others to participate and join them in forming new understandings. This is learning.
As a teenager I remember feeling the world of academia was one I could never reach- the language used was far too inaccessible, the ideas presented often painstakingly abstract and irrelevant. My son lives in a world ‘where knowledge creation is given to the many‘. How wonderful and empowering is that?
I wish digital literacy was a real priority in all divisions of my school.
As I’m writing this a new idea emerges. Next year, when I will lead professional development on English language and literacy across the curriculum… I will try my best to include it.
What are your favourite teaching resources for blogging to learn?