EDEL 545 Post
As most of you know, I am taking grad classes towards earning my Master’s Degree. As part of a module in my Technology & Computers in the Classroom class, we are learning about blogs and blogging and the idea of letting children publish their work to a wider audience on-line rather that just using a traditional method (paper and pencil). One of our assignments is to respond to some questions (and add a few things to our blog). So to my regular readers…keep reading if you’d like, but just so you know this isn’t one of my usual posts. 🙂
I think that writing has been forever changed through the introduction of technology. Children have the opportunity to write for a much larger audience, receive more timely feedback, and interact with others from all over the world. So many children today have grown up with access to many types of technology in their homes and at school. It is what excites and drives them, so connecting their excitement with writing seems as though it could engage a student who might be reluctant to write in another way.
As Wollman-Bonilla shared in her case study of a six year old named Rosa, “Computers, it is argued, can provide young children with a context–“screenland”–that helps them learn how to discover and express meaning (Labbo, 1996).”
In this article by Gingell, he shares the triumphs of four boys in a primary school who traded traditional writing for “Tweeting” and overcame their judgements and feelings about writing. Gingell also brings the issue of gender to light in this article, sharing that boys more often dislike writing than girls, but when given a different avenue with which to express themselves in writing can be just as creative as girls.
With the introduction of the internet technologies, there can be issues when asking students to publish their writing for such a large audience. Making sure the students identities are confidential, ensuring students read only positive comments about their writing, and providing adequate access to computers are all issues that can arise when sending student’s work out into a larger arena. Many of the benefits outweigh some of the issues of handled properly. Letting students post and respond through a designated teacher e-mail not only lets the teacher have control of what is ultimately posted, but it also helps control the feedback that students receive to their posts. As Kist & others share in their article about Web 2.0 in the classroom, parents in their classrooms have commented about the amount of time that their children will spend posting to the classroom blog and their attentiveness to doing so.
I can see many benefits to blogging by students and teachers. I use this blog to share ideas with other teachers and to share pictures and a more detailed explanation of things we do in my classroom with parents of children I currently have in class. I find that it is an interactive way to keep in touch and the kids just love seeing their work posted! After looking over some of the classroom blogs shared in class, I was drawn in to reading Mrs. Yollis’s classroom blog. I just love the idea of having student bloggers! What a way to increase a students’ confidence in writing and providing feedback from many different people (including family members). Children can also blog about their in class activities or keep journals on-line to track their growth. Blogging by both teachers and students seems to be a high interest, low intimidation zone where both can enjoy sharing with other students, friends, family members, and teachers.
Thanks for reading! Please leave your comments below!
Posted on November 8, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.
You definitely seem to have blogged before! It’s great that you are comfortable with blogging – enough so that you seem to use it as a classroom tool. I think its very beneficial that you begin working with blogging and technology with your students in their first year of education. Getting that initial introduction will model to students computer comfort in their foundational period. I think that is important to ease them in and build familiarity, because when they are not and they are expected to be in later years of their education it can be extremely problematic.
I like the insights into the gender differences in attitudes about writing and that those attitudes can be changed when the form of the writing changes!
Wow!~ Awesome blog! You have so many resources at the tips of your fingers on this blog! I have always wanted to start a blog for my classroom(when I get one!:)). I will definately keep this set up in mind! What types of programs do you use to teach typing skills with your students?
WOW…I am impressed! Your blog shows me exactly what I could do with a blog, as well as what can be gained from a blog. After looking at your blog, I see that you focus on many of the same books that my school does as well. I am definitely going to check out some the links on your page. Keep up the good work!
Wow after looking at your log, I feel like mine is so plain. Do you use this within your school? How about in the classroom with students, or parents? I think blogging can be such an useful tool once the “teacher” becomes this comfortable with it, she can share with her students.
I started this blog in 2008 as a place to keep documents I was using so I could share them with anyone who asked. Since then, I’ve turned it into a blog that teachers can use for ideas and the parents of students in my room can look and see what we are doing in our classroom in more detail than I can provide in my newsletter. 🙂
I was also enjoying Mrs. Yollis’ blog! It was great to see how your use of the blog has evolved over time. I love how you’ve used it to store documents to make them easily accessed. I really enjoy blogging and am so glad to be able to see how you and others use yours to get more ideas!
What an awesome blog! I chose to read your blog b/c I too, teach primary grades. Not being sure how to fully introduce / integrate Internet Writing into my curriculum, (when some students are still learning the spelling of CVC words and how to construct more than one sentence), I was appreciative that you provided some insight on why blogging in an elementary classroom would be beneficial.
I LOVE the words that you used, as blogging being a “high interest” and “low intimidation zone”. I never thought of it that way. I am excited to try some of the new things learned this week, with my first graders. Thanks for the tips!
As an EDEL 545 student, I came to check out your blog and found myself here for awhile. Awesome job of keeping up a blog! I went off from the EDEL post and checked out MANY of your other post. How often do you try to post? What is the best thing that you have found from blogging through the years?
This blog looks great and you have a lot of great ideas and insights into using technology in the classroom! I think it would be great to use blogging in the classroom to connect with parents and other educators.
All I can say is WOW!! You have are a pro at blogging. I really liked how informative your blog is about it seems every aspect of your classroom. Is this blog used by students and parents also?