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Why do you write a letter (or an email or a tweet) and send it?

  • to tell someone something
  • to get a reaction
  • to express thanks
  • to share excitement

You don’t write a letter or email or tweet for your response to it … but for the response of someone else

Should a student worry about writing a really good story if it is …

  • just going into a folder?
  • being added to a pile?
  • not going to be shared?

I have just finished taking two graduate school classes this summer. In one class, everything we did (individual assignments and group creations) was posted to a wall in a virtual world for other so see and comment. (I guess you could think of that was a bulletin board in the hallway or on the classroom wall). I enjoyed going to look to see what others had done and the tools they used to create so I could get more ideas of things to do in the future. I also enjoyed seeing the feedback (compliments and constructive feedback) on projects I did or helped create. I guess the perfectionist in me is always looking for new ideas/ways to make things I create better.

In my other class this summer, our assignments were uploaded and turned in to the teacher. Those assignments/creations were not seen by anyone else (at least until I put mine on my blog). While I appreciate the teacher's comments, I would like to hear the feedback from others as well as see the ways others interpreted the assignment and displayed their work.

For me, learning is social. I want to interact with the pieces created and the others viewing and creating. I would like to be able to share ideas and hear of possible improvements. We all have different experiences and abilities to bring to the table ... so we need to be able to share our perspectives and views to make all of our creations even better than we can alone.

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