How I Use Blogging As a Transdisciplinary Learning Tool

Blogging in my classroom is really beginning to take on a life of its own. Earlier this term, students were given the ‘licence’ to create their own posts, rather than responding solely to my own. It has given the students greater ownership of their learning, and from my perspective it is enhancing an important facet of teaching and learning, and that is student voice. A sense of empowerment has swept through the Year 3 learning space.

Students are posting images of their learning, integrating technology to share their experiences with the world. We have discussed the impact of our digital footprint, and the respect, care and open-mindedness we need when posting online. It has given ‘quiet’ students a means to demonstrate confidence by asserting themselves in a public forum. Further, as teachers, it allows for anecdotal and formative assessments of teaching and learning.

Blogging in Year 3 has grown so much this year. Initially we were so excited to come in each day and check our flag counter, which now totals over 37 countries and 1500 different visitors from Australia alone. This allowed us to explore the world in ways which we may not have been able to – using ‘incidental’ geography we inquired into languages spoken in Mozambique; we Skyped with a class in Java and used our skills in percentages to find the dominant religions in Indonesia; we used our place value understandings to compare and order the populations of a number of countries to visit us.

We developed 5-star comments (and posts) to ensure we consolidated our vocabulary and grammar, revising and editing, and showing respect for other writers and readers. We left feedback for one another, reinforcing our sense of collaboration, honesty and appreciation for each other’s learning. 

Above all, the students love when visitors leave comments for us. So please – if you read this post, head to Our Blog and let us share our learning, and show us your appreciation.

How do you use blogging in your classroom?

Do you use it as a literacy tool, a ‘pinboard for parents’ or otherwise?

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About Dean Kuran

I'm a primary school teacher at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. I believe in establishing positive environments in which students can develop confidence and curiosity, while nurturing the skills that will benefit them outside of the learning space.
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6 Responses to How I Use Blogging As a Transdisciplinary Learning Tool

  1. This sounds nice; unfortunately our IT does not allow any students to bring their own computers to school. With this in effect our students have very little use of our computer lab. All social sites, including Yahoo, facebook and twitter are banned! This is a high school on the Navajo indian reservation. As if these people aren’t secluded enough, no computers allowed!!!

    • Donna says:

      Joseph, that is discrimination – how unfair. If anything the US government should have in place, policies to ensure these people have equal opportunities to enable them to reach or even exceed the education given to other groups. In NSW Australia, the policy states: “The Department of School Education is committed to promoting the educational achievements of Aboriginal students and to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of all students about Aboriginal Australia.” Mind you, we still have a long way to go, but there have been major steps taken in the right direction. https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/students/access_equity/aborig_edu/PD20080385.shtml

  2. HBullock says:

    I reblogged your post, like broadyesl. Thank you for sharing your reflections. I hope your blog will continue to inspire other teachers.

  3. obmij says:

    I teach high school students and I am just starting to investigate how to use blogging in my English classes. We have occasional access to a class set of Chromebooks (40) and am looking into Blogger and Wikispaces. Any suggestions as to what to use and how to start?

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