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Joe Poletti

On point, as usual, Miguel. I have been ruminating on something similar to that as I hear folks question authenticity of on-line student work:

"I have looked at the course content of my 14-year-old’s on-line class. Generally, I don’t understand that content anymore at a granular level. I don’t have the time to do her work, nor do I have the desire. So, if I started to helicopter her on-line class for her, the teacher would know it. Her grades would drop significantly."

The rest of the story is at Haulin' 'Net

Clay Burell

Re: jpoletti's comment: "Folks questioning the authenticity of student on-line work," if they would only pause and think for a second, would realize a few things:

1. Parents or tutors can as easily do their children's homework on non-web-based assignments (MS Word, PPT, even hand-written, since students can take dictation or hand-copy with the best of them).

2. Teachers can easily enough establish a student's baseline writing ability (compared to which any "doctored" work will show clear differences) by assigning in-class free-writes.

3. Web-based submissions are easier to check for plagiarism via Turnitin.com (if teachers are so inclined) than their non-web-based alternatives.

In short, as jpoletti suggests as well, this particular argument against web-based student work is a complete canard.

Thanks for the plug, Miguel. In addition to our 1001 Flat World Tales (http://burell9english.wikispaces.com), you should check out the wiki-based History of WWI to WWII my students are currently creating at A Broken World (and check out the linked student blogging on the same topic):

Clay Burell, Korea International School

Miguel Guhlin

Thanks for the response, Joe! I enjoyed the "helicopter" analogy for parents. This reminds me what we're doing for our 7 year old! (grin).

As Clay points out, this is all baloney (yeah, I know it's not spelled that way). The fact is, it's easier for administrators continue with business as usual even as the world falls down around them because it's easier than doing it different. Heck, it's about thinking different and we're afraid to do that.

With appreciation for your comments,
Miguel Guhlin
Around the Corner-MGuhlin.net

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