See since you landed right on this page that means you have a basic understand and interest! How often do you go to Google to search for outfits or even restaurants? How about saving a page to your favorites? Writing a comment on your friend’s Instagram? Well you are using a 21st century skill! Big Surprise!
Blogging offers a myriad of opportunities to connect your students with the real world.
Don’t look at blogging as a new chore. It is not! Blogging is another teaching tool in which you could use a resource over and over! Plus others maybe able to benefit from your great ideas.
There are at least four ways your blog can enhance your instruction. Writing is an art form that will never be lost even though the media used may change. Blogging is the most authentic and practical form of writing we can teach our students in the 21st Century.
Create global thinkers and leaders with blended learning with writing.
This instructional strategy weds the freedom of motivating students to write about their own interests and passions with more established forms of writing within a given curriculum. Let’s face it. Our students are all on social media. By sharing their writing online with their social media friends, it gives them a voice. Plus it gives them the chance to make connections beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Time turn LOL from “Laugh out loud” to “love of literacy”
-Share the student’s blog posts throughout the school using urlshortners and qr codes.
-Use social media hashtags #studentwriters
-Share student’s response on current events
Increase 21st Century Skills Awareness
As an educator, we constantly have to teach, reteach, reteach, cry, and reinforce the curriculum. When you think of Bloom’s Taxonomy, blogging requires our students to engage in higher order thinking. Blogging asks students to create, evaluate,
analyze, apply, understand, and remember. Students will problem-solve, think analytically and critically.
Think of blogging as a record of what you taught and how you taught your lessons. Students who are absent can use the blog to see what they have missed. Teachers can also create review games to post or give parents and students suggestions for studying or review. Blogging is a tool which is useful for advanced learners who would like to study ahead or for students who need remediation
However, before students begin blogging, you must lay down the foundation for the students to become good digital citizens.
There are few cyber rules you should teach:
1. Cyber Safety (Privacy)
2. Proper Citation
3. Copy Right/Creative Commons
4. Cyber Etiquette
Practice writing in the standards based curriculum
Students are being given fewer selected response tests, and more constructed response assignments that requires extensive writing. As a result, students need to constantly practice their craft of writing. You don’t have to require the students to write daily but for starters at least twice a week. Alternating between primary traditional assignments and free write blog posts could be options. Students must receive approval from you prior to posting.
Here are ideas :
-Have an online chat about a topic where students are required to provide resource citations to support their stance.
-Have online journals
– Write a response to an infographic/book trailer
There is no one size fit all in our classrooms. Our students are very diverse and it an array of opportunities are there. Just imagine the data you can collect for students with disabilities and individualized professional learning program.
Put on your happy face. Come back on Thursday to see How to start a blog in 4 easy steps