The word “share” has developed some different connotations. I asked my six year old what it means to share and his answer was interesting. He said, “like how you share pictures on Facebook?”
The exchange of data and knowledge is simply a click away and has become second nature to our students. With the availability of Web 2.0 tools, students can instantaneously share web content.
Consider providing time in your classroom for students to share with their peers. This is an ideal accompaniment to the beginning of the year “getting to know you” activities. Students can research information that might be useful to a classmate, and share it with them.
Aside from teaching how to share information, sharing lessons can also incorporate simple research techniques.
Students can share:
- Video clips
- Self-created presentations
As we continue to challenge students to become producers of web content, rather than solely consumers, sharing content fosters open communication and the collaborative culture needed to become effective 21st century learners.