I love CyberEnglish.
On one of the listservs that I’m on there has been a lot of talk recently on the subject of CyberEnglish. I heard about CyberEnglish last November at the annual NCTE conference which I’ve talked about in previous posts. However, the conversation on the “Talkies” listserv started me thinking about publishing student work in an online world.
In my implementation of CyberEnglish I have tried to give my students as much freedom with their work as possible because I wanted to make it authentic. I want them to publish, not for me, but for a wider audience. I want them to be read by others as well as reading others work. They all keep blogs and we have delved into the world of writing HTML from scratch to make their websites to showcase their work.
So many of my colleagues look at the things that I do in class in awe and tell me that they wish they were technically able to do something similar. Others simply scoff at my classes and tell me that what I’m doing isn’t really teaching. All opinions aside, I love my classes and have found that my students are working harder and producing more than they ever did in my “normal” classes. As far as I’m concerned CyberEnglish is a success. While this is only my second semester implementing it, my students have been more engaged in and produced better work than previously.
If you’re interested in seeing any of the work my scholars have created, feel free to visit my site.