Learner-Centered e-Teaching and Motivation

I saw this video on Judy O’Connell’s blog HeyJude, and really appreciated it. 

When used in the classroom, the power of technology means that learning will become more vibrant, exciting, engaging and personally relevant to students. Teachers will be perceived as ‘credible, interested and current’ – in lives where currency is everything, where students have newsfeeds on their laptops and sports scores on their mobile phones. “Students these days don’t see most teachers as current, even though they may respect their knowledge.”

Students feel so comfortable in an internet world – they have ownership of it; its what they do on a daily basis, and “we have to be a part of the world students are living in” if switched-on students are what we want.


This video was created by the Memorial university of newfoundland and Labrador, and they have also created two others that link to this one: 

Learner Centered e-Teaching: Part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b0Yp9mQ6bE

Learner Centered e-Teaching: Part 2   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpat_JkqgPA


Reading 2.0

In the middle of the year I was fortunate enough to attend the NECC 2008 Conference in San Antonio, and one of the sessions which really inspired me was called “Feed, Tag, Research: Remixing for School Library 2.5″. A group of 7 innovative TLs from America and Australia shared their passion to incorporate best practice Web 2.0 technologies into their libraries to enrich and empower students of today and tomorrow.

Anita Beaman – librarian at University High School, Illinois State University – was one of those presenters, and her passion is to meld books, reading and Web 2.0 – using 2.0 technology to promote reading for pleasure. Together with Amy Oberts, TL from Oakland Elementary School, Bloomington, Anita has developed a wiki called ‘Reading 2.0’ aimed at bringing together all kinds of internet sites which promote interaction with books and reading. Check it out at http://readingtech.wikispaces.com/

These ladies say: “Harnessing technology to excite and empower your students’ literary development is our mission for Reading 2.0!

To encourage the digital native generation to read, we may have to redefine what we mean by reading. According to a recent article in American Libraries, teens are reading all the time–they just aren’t always reading in the “traditional ways.”So why not use what they DO read to encourage them to read more books? Use online forums like MySpace, YouTube, author blogs, and online book groups to help get your students excited about reading. Compile a brief list of links with additional info about an author or topic and print them on an address label. Stick the label in the books in a highly visible place–on the last page, or opposite the first page. Encourage your students to explore reading in their own territory.”

Below are some examples of the types of information Anita puts into the novels in her library:

Meg Cabot

Want more of Meg?  Here’s where to look!

Website: http://www.megcabot.com/

Meg’s Diary: http://www.megcabot.com/diary/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/meg_cabot

Myspace Groups: http://groups.myspace.com/megcabotbookfans or http://groups.myspace.com/authermegc

Teen Lit (MySpace): http://groups.myspace.com/teenlit

Readergirlz: http://www.readergirlz.com/ or  http://www.myspace.com/readergirlz

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: http://www.myspace.com/notyourmothers

Sarah Dessen

Hey!  If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan, check out these sites online:

Website: http://www.sarahdessen.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sarahdessen

Blog: http://writergrl.livejournal.com/

Sarahland: A Live Journal Community for Sarah Dessen Fans:


Teen Lit (MySpace): http://groups.myspace.com/teenlit

Readergirlz: http://www.readergirlz.com/ or  http://www.myspace.com/readergirlz

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: http://www.myspace.com/notyourmothers

Scott Westerfeld

Want more Westerfeld?  Check out the web:

Webpage: http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/

Westerblog: http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/blog/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/westerfeld

Westerfeld Myspace Group: http://groups.myspace.com/scottwesterfeld

Teen Lit (MySpace): http://groups.myspace.com/teenlit

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: http://www.myspace.com/notyourmothers