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I am in the business of scholarship. One of the keys to scholarship is publshing. Scholarship has usually been relegated to grad students. the key elements to scholarship were publishing one's work, engaging in peer review, and pasing it on for others to use. The Web has made all of this possible so that I have been able to successfully help my students morph into scholars or student researchers. They publish their work on their webpage, they engage in peer review, and pass it on for others to use. One ther by-product was telementoring. Writing becomes more authentic and relevant as the following will illustrate.
This essay won this student $1500 cause it was seen by a contest coordinator who asked the student to submit it.
Foreign American Dream
Now what do the kids have to say about it.
On my home page there are many examples of the work I have done in my Cyber English Class, I have worked on many topics starting with: Who I am... that told a little about my self in order to attract other students who have the same interests and or an adult that can comment on my work.
It worked. I learned a lot from a man in Florida named Donald Deman. Mr Deman helped me out with my writing.
At first I was defensive, that was only because I thought he wanted to turn my work and my thoughts into his work and his thoughts. That wasn't the case. He was really concerned, interested in my seeing and understanding the importance of being able to express myself through my writting. He explaind that people will judge me by my writting without ever seeing me, or sitting down to talk to me. In college my professors will most likely do the same. That scared me, especially since I always felt my speaking skills were impressive and that my writting wasn't. This prompted me to take every advise regarding my work that Donald gave me seriously. Then seeing the logic in the advise putting them into practice (these tips helped me during my senior year).
The best thing about the Internet is the E-mail. I have received email from all around the world. I had 6 Mentors that helped me around.
Kimberly Gaffney: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/g8729/wired.htm
I call it the "Weird Class"or "Wired Class", because that is exactly what it is. In this class we've done things such as set up HomePages and talked to various people on the internet. My HomePage has brought me lots of questions, comments, friends and I've even been adopted.
Being wired is a great experience. I learned many things in Cyber English. One of everyone's favorite is emailing. This was not only fun but also very educational. We talked to people from all around the world.
Susan Leung: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/l6769/wired.htm
One of the first things I learned being wired was e-mailing, which I enjoy greatly. E-mailing my not seem very educational but when communicating with different people over the world I have learned a lot.
Jeanette Lu: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/l8642/wired.htm
I have my homepage to represent me as an individual. People come to visit homepage like come to visit myself in the real world. I am might be the first piece of infromation you want to read
Jessica Ortiz: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/o6670/wired.htm
One thing that I liked about using the Internet is having people write to me from other countries and states. I've had a penpal from Alaska write to me and another penpal from Japan. We write about what our school's are like and about our interests and what it's like where we live.
Gilberto Almanzar: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/a6912/wired.html
Being wired to the internet has been a very educational and fun experience for me. It is a very different experience having a class where you could speak to everybody in the world through a computer. People all over the world read my work located in my homepage. They commented on them and told me ways to revise it.
Stephanie Cheng: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/c6662/wired.html
I liked the idea that classmates read my work and commented on it because since we're all just about the same age group we would see something the same way, but adults would see it differently.
I had a Mentor name Russell Smith. He had helped me with my homepage and was contacting to the CyberEnglish class frequently.
Carlos Aponte: http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/user/a3056/wired.html
In the beginning things was kind of hectic. I was really feeling awkward because I did not know what to do or if I could managed being in the class. After the first assignment, everything went smoothly. All the different projects I have done was enjoyable because I learned something along the way. I had two great mentors helping me along the way. Peer review was when we had to read something and give our thoughts to it to one particular person including Mr Nellen, my professor. That person and I would give our feedback on our works in CyberEnglish. Emails were also a pleasant experience along the way. Kaneel Williams and Angelique Diaz were two great girls who spend me emails periodically. Both of them would talk to me about anything that was on their mind.