This semester we are learning about blogging. Our personal blogs will be about what interests us, the blogs will be our passion projects.
Today we will decide what our blog will be about and we will begin to plan our blogs.
I can talk about my interest or passion that I will blog about
I can plan some topics for my first blog posts and plan some ideas for future posts
I can plan the layout of my blog and what features and widgets I might want to add to my blog
I can discuss the audience for my blog and know what they would be interested in
I can accurately type URLs into the browser and reach the web sites I need to go to
I can use Padlet to create the plan for my blog and add multimedia to the Padlet wall
Today, we will begin to plan for our blog.
We need to decide what our blog will be about. It should be about something that we care about and are very interested in, so that we will be able to write many posts and share our knowledge and passion with other people who share our interests. We could call these blogs our Passion Projects!
Take a look at these videos of children who have followed their interests with amazing results…
Birke Baehr: What’s wrong with our food system.
Thomas Suarez: iPhone App Developer
Use Padlet to record your ideas for your blog.
Questions to consider……
What topics will you write about in your blog posts?
What information and ideas or opinions do you want to share with your readers?
Who is the audience for your blog? Who are you writing for?
What features do you want to have on your blog?
You can add images, video and links to widgets or web sites that you might like to include on your blog in the future. Remember to make sure that you have copyright permission to add these resources.
After you have compared a few student blogs, you can start to reflect on what you have seen. Join our class Padlet wall and add your thoughts to the wall. Your comments must try to answer these questions below. Please remember to write your first name on your Padlet posts!
What kinds of things do people blog about?
What can be added to a blog?
How do blogs work?
Do you think there are any rules about blogging online?
Lately I have been talking a lot about blogging. As some of the teachers I work with have begun to create their own blogs, other teachers have been more circumspect. They have wondered why we would bother with blogging. In one discussion, we moved away from the benefits of blogging for students and onto the possibilities of using a blog as a reflection journal. As a means of providing evidence of ongoing professional learning for professional reviews and VIT registration. I do hope there are more powerful reasons for reflecting on our professional practice, but I do understand the environments we work in! We discussed what a reflection post might look like and so I thought I would share these thoughts as one way of posting professional reflections…
To me, one of the key statements Tim makes is that “reflection can be seen as the bridge between learning and understanding, leading to further learning, leading to even deeper understanding”. Believing this to be true, leads me to question my own professional practice. If reflection upon our learning leads to deeper understanding, then am I asking my students to reflect upon their own learning? As a coach, am I asking the teachers I work with to reflect upon the new learnings they are gaining around online learning?
Am I building reflection time into our sessions and providing guiding questions to encourage them to both talk with peers to clarify their understandings and articulate and question these understandings through writing?
It seems to me that blogging provides us with a great tool to write reflectively upon new learnings. Blogs can be categorised with tags, are ongoing and organised chronologically, they allow for feedback and comment from peers and can be used to support learning in all areas. Teamed with Kolb’s reflective observation questions, blogs provide a vehicle for powerful learning for all learners.
As a part of my role as an eLearning Coach, I have been working with the specialist teachers at St Albans East Primary School, to create their own blogs. They are keen to use their blogs as a way of communicating with the school community about their programs, upcoming events and funny happenings in their classrooms. They also hope to celebrate the learning successes they see across the school every day.
We have just started on our blogging journey and are looking forward to all the possibilities that the wonderful world of web 2.0 will bring into our classrooms and specialist programs.
I hope to use my blog to share my eLearning Coaching experiences and thoughts and hopefully inspire or challenge some current practices as I go.
Follow along on my journey and feel free to add your comments along the way.