Here at the LAMP, we love when we learn about ways that teachers are integrating multimedia into their classrooms. We’re strong believers in teachers, students (and parents) exploring the unlimited possibilities presented with new media and media education, so it was with great pleasure that saw a post in the New York Times’ Lesson Plans blog by an Alaskan schoolteacher, Doug Noon. Mr. Noon is a middle school teacher, and for the last three years his students have been sharing their writings on a blog called Tell the Raven. The posts are about a wide range of topics–sometimes students write about something that happened in class one day (like dissecting a moose heart) or something a little more personal (like their cat). The blog also has its own wiki, photo gallery, and sections with bookmarks to different subjects being covered in class.
As Mr. Noon notes in his post on the New York Times blog, Tell the Raven is still a work in progress. He hoped that the blog would help connect his students with other schools in Alaska, but so far that hasn’t happened–although they have been connecting with students in Australia. I admire that the students are encouraged to write and share their thoughts, and that they have an adult mentor like Mr. Noon to review their posts and help them consider how they want to present themselves to their classmates and to the world. The students get to learn about everything the Web has to offer, and have a guide to show them how to have a positive experience online. For Mr. Noon, he gets to learn more about what his students are doing and what interests them in class, and of course parents get learn more about their children. Everybody wins.
If you’re a teacher using multimedia in the classroom, tell us about it and share your ideas!