Youth Voices - Teaching students how to engage in random acts of commenting kindness
Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each others work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to come to this conversation and join us. We welcome any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.
Participants will be encouraged to join Youth Voices, find discussion posts of interest to them, and write comments to those students. We will be using the same guides that we often use with students to engender detailed, thoughtful responses.
Through sharing what they find on the site, participants will reveal more and more about what Youth Voices is about, then will reflect on how the pedagogy represented by this tool might fit their efforts as teachers.
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