Looking For AskMe Threads I Can Show 10 Year Olds
February 5, 2007 9:45 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for Askme threads -- or other blog/conferencing threads -- that I can show my fifth graders as examples of what's good about this (conferencing) medium.
posted by carterk to education (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a teacher in a public elementary school and I'm running a pretty fun project. I've got a group of 5th graders corresponding with each other in a conference I set up on nicenet.org. I'm trying to figure out how to help kids develop the kinds of thoughtful, responsive writing that we often see on AskMe. I have a few postulates:
There has to be some *content* (simple chat could not be more boring)
There has to be some room for *disagreement*
The users must support their ideas with evidence and examples, and
The users must *read and respond to other's posts* instead of simply stating their own opinions.
Anyway, I've been trying this experiment over and over the last few years, with remarkably little success. The kids have fun for a while, but no significant exchange of ideas occurs and after a few weeks they stop contributing. This year I'm working a little harder at it, have met with the kids a couple times and shared my ideas about what makes this medium work, and it's definitely working better than it has in the past. I've decided what the kids need is a couple really rocking examples of conferences that have a lively exchange of ideas; some non-flaming conflict, writers that blow away the obfuscation with clear, simple, pithy posts; you know, all the stuff we love about AskMetafilter.
So- if you have the time to help me, I'm looking for at least one and at most five conference topics that exemplify the traits above, further filtered down by their ability to be comprehended by a group of bright fifth graders. Oh, and closed threads are fine, we're not going to be contributing or anything.