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?