All our classes have class blogs and we have been dabbling with Student blogging for a few years. I began the students with KidBlogs and think it is a wonderful introduction – very easy to manage from a teachers perspective and easy to use from a student’s view. There are enough features to introduce them to many aspects of blogging.
This year, I feel we are ready to move on and I am introducing the students to Edublogs (via Global2) and using the Student Blogging Challenge as a catalyst.
I asked for volunteers to be accept the challenge as I felt that mandating it would be too much and a bit unfair to some students. I am thrilled with the first response and will begin working with the first group of volunteers next week, hoping their activity might inspire a few uncertain ones.
I am doing this as I believe that blogging has so many benefits for students. When blogging,
- we create an audience for our work and writing and thereby inspire a quest for excellence
- we can gather ideas from many more people than just our small class or school
- we can share the wonderful things we know
- we feel good about ourselves as we get positive feedback about the things we do
- we let our families know more about what we do at school
- we get feedback by wonderful comments that help us think more about what we do and sometimes why we do them
- we interact with our readers via comments and practice appropriate language skills for online interactions
- we create a wonderful positive digital footprint
- we model and practice Cybersafe behaviours
More to follow as the challenge begins.