Tomorrow on Teachers Teaching Teachers, we’ll be talking about Diigo and annotations with Lisa Dick, Computer Education a teacher Northern Louisiana @tidertechie . I had put out a call for teachers who use Diigo with their students, and Lisa answered that call.
We’ll also be talking with George Haines @oline73 George teaches 7th Graders out on Long Island. One of his sites, by the way is a Google Site, so there’s more to talk about there, since I’ve been building a prototype of what I want students to do. Anyway… George and I connected on Twitter because I was wondering about how to keep my up-coming curriculum focused on self-initiated, self-interested, self-sustaining inquiries.
At Youth Voices, we do a lot of work around this question. We’ve borrowed James A. Beane’s beginning point in his Curriculum Integration work. It’s from Beane that we got the idea to have students write “10 self and 10 world questions“ There’s been a lot of — “Well, maybe we need to do this or that instead.” — And I’m open to some of this, but I still find this simple beginning place to be incredibly powerful.
Getting back to George Haines, he has some ideas that he said were too long to put into 140 characters, ideas about how to kick off self-directed projects. So I invited him onto TTT.
In short we will be talking about research, annotating resources, sharing them in diigo, and we’ll be talking about why we do this self-motivated, “I-search” in the first place… and we’ll be meeting two new teachers. That’s the most wonderful part of this story. I’ve never met Lisa Dick or George Hines. Won’t you join us in meeting them on Wednesday, August 26.