Classroom 2.0
“Motivating Student Writers by Fostering Collaboration through Tagging and Aggregating”

Vance Stevens
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Vance Stevens is a computing lecturer at The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, and founder, coordinator, and frequent contributor to Webheads and other online communities of practice and distributed learning networks. He presents, publishes, and blogs on topics such as multiliteracies and aggregation of content on the Internet and their impacts on computer mediated communications and pedagogy.

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Nelba Quintan
La Plata, Argentina

Nelba Quintana is a Teacher of English Language and Literature who is working as a web and blog content developer, and teacher trainer. She is a Webhead member.

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Doris Molero
Maracaibo, Venezuela

Doris Molero is an EFL Professor at Universidad Dr. Rafel Belloso Chacin, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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Saša Sirk
Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Saša Sirk is a Webhead since 2005, an EFL teacher at Vocational College of Tehnični šolski center in Nova Gorica and a member of The Slovene Association of LSP Teachers. She likes exploring Web 2.0. tools and connecting to the world. Her class blog is at and personal at

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Rita Zeinstejer
Rosario, Argentina

Rita Zeinstejer is a teacher in Argentina, and Self Access, Laboratory and Multimedia Coordinator at the Asociacion Rosarina de Cultura Ingles, Rosario, Argentina.

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Presentation Title
“Motivating Student Writers by Fostering Collaboration through Tagging and Aggregating”

The presenters play with boundaries through the simple expedient of having student bloggers in different countries tag their blog posts with the unique tag term writingmatrix. Searching on that tag in Technorati, the student bloggers in four locations in three different countries have managed to locate one another’s posts, leave comments for one another, and have subsequently interacted in other ways as well. The presenters explain how they started the project and how it has branched into other online and even face to face activities involving the students in the participant countries. The presentation is made not only through the voices of the presenters, but with the students themselves lending their voices through their blogs and videos.

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4 Responses to “Classroom 2.0
“Motivating Student Writers by Fostering Collaboration through Tagging and Aggregating””

  1. Wesley Fryer says:

    Wow, what a GREAT presentation on so many levels. This was the best example of a “blended” presentation I’ve ever seen. I posted a 16 minute reflection to my PD blog using Gabcast that may be of interest to you all… THANKS for sharing the great successes and learning points from the Writing Matrix project!

  2. Saša says:

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and reflections, Wesley. The writingmatrix project has been a very special experience for me as a teacher and as a person. It’s been for the first time for me to use in class the knowledge and insights gained as a member of the Webheads CoP and as a participant of TESOL EVO courses. These profoundly changed my teaching and learning. From chalk and blackboard to Web 2.0. From isolation to sharing, connecting and collaborating across borders.
    I’ve just started blogging with my new groups this week and, like my old group, these new students are also eagerly getting connected to the world outside and using their English as best they can. It matters to them because they know they have real audience out there. It’s not just me reading their posts. It’s so rewarding to see students enjoy learning. :-)

  3. Nancy says:

    It seemed interesting. I liked that you can connect with so many people throughout the world. Unfortunately, the present froze and I never got to find out how to tag! :(

  4. This is such a great example of collaboration at it\’s best. You are providing your students with the tools that will prepare them for their future. They now know how to collaborate and how to leverage tools (RSS, blogs, social bookmarking, etc.) that will make them much more productive in the 21st century. Great presentation!

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