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ERIC Number: EJ869556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1481-1782
Learning and Teaching in WANDA Wiki Wonderland: Literature Circles in the Digital Commons
Moreillon, Judi
Teacher Librarian, v37 n2 p23-28 Dec 2009
In the 2007-2008 school year, Jennifer Hunt, language arts teacher for the 8th grade pre-Advanced Placement class wondered how she could harness the power of Web 2.0 tools to develop her students' literacy skills and deepen their engagement with literature and ideas. To that end, she wrote a successful Qwest Arizona Technology in Education Alliance Classroom Technology Integration Competitive Mini-Grant to add eight computer workstations to her classroom for student use in online literature circles. In the summer before the 2008-2009 school year, Ms. Hunt and the author, the newly-hired teacher-librarian for the Emily Gray Junior High-Tanque Verde High School (EGJH-TVHS), met to collaborate on fulfilling Ms. Hunt's goals for this year-long grant project she called WANDA (Works Analyzed Notated Discussed & Archived). Literature circles provide students with choice in what they read and allow them to discuss and collaborate in an inquiry-based framework. This discussion format is intended for students to make personal connections to the texts they read and to describe and discuss the issues raised in literature selections through social discourse. In this article, the author discusses the WANDA project which added an additional technological element to students' learning by providing them with the digital means and support to create wikis and use other Web 2.0 tools to organize, discuss, and present their responses to the texts and to collaborate with others in their classroom and beyond. (Contains 2 tables.) ["Learning and Teaching in WANDA Wiki Wonderland: Literature Circles in the Digital Commons" was written with Jennifer Hunt and Sarah Ewing.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona