Now that we’re nearing the 1/2 way point of the “Alice Project” project, I’m seeking 25 educators who would be willing to participate as ‘jury’ members at the project’s conclusion.
Would YOU be interested in helping out?
If so, here are a few details:
The Reason for Adding a Jury to the Project:
As I’ve said to the kids many times over, they need to write, edit, design, link, and create as if their blogs/writing will matter to the world (not just to Mr. Long as their teacher).
In other words, we are imagining that someone via Google many months/years into the future will be searching the Internet as part of their effort to understand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…and that they will discover one (or all) of these student-crafted blogs.
We want that person to feel as if they discovered something profound idea-wise. We want them to be thankful for the creative inspiration and extensive research.
And we’d like to think that a jury of professional educators can offer an honest reflection/critique as to ‘quality’ of work created with an eye on these blogs being ‘of value’ to visitors in the future.
In other words, we do not want well-intentioned “atta-boy” responses that offers little direction or coaching. We want honest feedback based on what is realistic and meaningful. We want to know what mattered and what fell short.
Who Should Volunteer:
If you are an educator who is passionate about kids and digital projects, then we’d love to have you!
Any level (grades) or role (teacher, administrator, consultant, etc) is welcomed.
And while I’m seeking a core of 25 educators, I’d be happy to add more to the list over time…so don’t be held back if you see that # get reached before you sign up.
Do You Have to Be an Expert on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Participate?
In a word: NO!
If you are a fan or an expert, great. But this is by no means a requirement.
All that is required is an willingness to ‘learn’ and ask questions about the text, the themes, the characters, and the cultural impact of this story.
How to Sign Up: Simply leave a comment on this blog entry if you’re interested. Please identify the following when you do:
Who you are.
What you do in the field of ‘education’.
Where you call home.
Why you’re interested in the project.
Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog.
The ‘jury’ process will take place over a full week in early December (TBA).
Jury members will pick-n-choose when they want to participate, as the process will take place virtually on individual jury members’ schedules.
There will be a deadline, but otherwise every jury member should go at his/her own pace.
How We’ll Collaborate:
I’ll set up a password protected wiki that will allow jury members to leave comments on the 12 student “Alice Project” blogs.
All students will receive 3 grades for the project. One of the 3 grades will be based on how the public assesses the quality and validity of a) their overall blog site and b) their collective research/ideas.
Needless to say, the jury members’ feedback will be central to this part of the grading process.