Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Topic: Internet Research

10-second review: Student is “researcher” in class; when question is raised, finds information on Internet using laptop.

Title: “ ‘Whose Knowledge? Our Knowledge!’ ” S Erickson. Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges (December 2008), 192. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: “In my literature classes, I ask for a student volunteer with a laptop to be the ‘researcher.’ Some students are eager to take on the role regularly; in other classes, it moves from student to student. When questions come up about the texts we are discussing—Edgar Allen Poe’s biography or the publishing history of War of the Worlds—the ‘researcher’ can locate information and share it with the class.” p. 192.

Comment: Does not say whether the student researches during or after the class. Probably depends on the type of question. RayS.

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