Educators state that Glogster is a great Web 2.0 tool since it makes the students’ work visible to the world. I assume that the educators mean that the audience will be other students, teachers, and parents. Do students publish their drafts or final products? Usually the idea of audience implies that what a student offers to his/her audience is a final product just as musicians practice in private and then perform their best in a concert. However, in looking at several random Glogster projects in Spanish, I discovered many basic student errors. Are educators having their students put their best work up on the web or just putting up rough drafts? Do we want the audience to see the many errors or do we want the audience to see the students’ best work?
The other reason to publish something is for the reaction of others to improve the work. However, it seems that most Glogster posters are “final” posters. They do not get reviewed by others and then modified. The students simply do the e-poster.
If we believe in the power of audience as an essential element of Web 2.0, then we need to help our students give their best performances and not just their practice. Let’s improve the quality of our students’ work on the Web and therefore, help others to learn from our students.
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