I was very nervous to begin blogging with my class, but I was so happy with how our first week went. We are beginning to have some great discussions about their digital footprints and learning a few blogging terms. Each week my goal is to teach one lesson about digital citizenship to my class.
I was happy with the amount that we accomplished in our very first week of blogging. As I mentioned in my previous post “Exciting News About My Class Blog” my students worked on creating their about me page. First they wrote in their journals and decided on what they were going to say for their about me page. As a class we brainstormed and created some sentence starters to help them with writing their first ever post. Then the next day I signed out the laptop cart and walked my students through what to do by demonstrating it on our Smartboard. Since my students have logged onto other accounts before such as Mathletics it made that process a lot easier. The hardest part was walking them through how to get onto their dashboard to add their first page. Once they were able to type their post the process became a lot smoother. I did not edit my student’s journals or their posts. I want them to be able to see their progress and growth. Below I typed out the post in brackets modelling the correct spelling and grammar. Later on I am going to get my student’s to reflect on their posts and make goals in how they want to improve.
Finally last week we added two posts onto our classroom blog together. On our first post we welcomed everyone to our page. My students were so excited to find their very first comment the next day. Thanks to Kelly @kwhobbes for taking the time to go to our blog and type a comment to my class. That is what makes having a public blog exciting. It allows students to have a voice and for it to be heard. I encourage you to check out Kelly’s personal blog and explore his great work!
While I was reading through the Edublog Blogging with Students resource I liked the suggestion of writing a post as a class and then have them add a comment onto the post. During the week we had two volunteer firefighters present to our class about fire safety. We created a post as a class about the presentation then on Friday some of the students commented what they learned about from the fire fighters. Instead of having everyone type their comments at the same time I had my students add their comments in during center time. Today the rest of my students added their comment onto the blog. I found it easier only having six students blog at the same time so I was able to get each student faster and help answer questions. Once my students know how to navigate around the blog then it will make it easier to have them blog at the same time.
Goals for the week:
*Have my students create an avatar for their page. (We were not able to get to it this past week like I planned).
*Post my students art work that they created on Friday at the top of their learning page.
*Create a post or two as a class to add to our blog to show case our learning for the week.
*As a class check out one or two other class blogs to see what other students are learning about!
Check out how our classroom blog to see how it has developed over the past week. Please leave a comment! My students would love to hear from you!