Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bringing Service Learning Back into Focus

It's so interesting how certain projects take on a life of their own and events sometimes converge to confirm that you're on the right track. Such is the case with the Kids Galore Helping Kids in Darfur Project. It's been three years since my third graders cooked up this idea and followed through with their vision of how to make a difference. The following group of third graders helped organize the Many Voices for Darfur 48 hour blog project and contributed to the supporting wiki. This year, I find myself in a position to (hopefully) have some influence over new social studies teachers through a course I'm teaching at UF, EME5432 Integrating Technology in Social Studies. I view service learning as the flagship of authentic learning and hope to share this passion with my students through a number of resources including:
Ultimately, I hope the pre-service teachers will embrace service learning and recognize the value it has in their teaching practice.

All these things come back into focus as ISTE's Jennifer Roland stops by my blog on Friday for a guest visit and a chance to win The Best of Learning and Leading with Technology. Welcome Jennifer!

4 comments:

Jenny Luca said...

Hi Wendy,
I also think service learning is vitally important in our schools. Perhaps you could consider talking about; http://workingtogether2makeadifference.ning.com/
I created this with Angela Stockman and we now have a community of educators and students sharing their experiences with service learning there.

Wendy DG said...

Hi Jenny,

Great resource. I added it to the list.

Wendy

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