Today, July 13, 2010
This story is awesome because it is a start towards application of reform for teaching and learning within one classroom. Remember that: start.
I’m the geek teacher who learns on her own, basically to keep up with my grandkids and so I can be prepared for my students. As the main geek at school, I tread lightly, but boldly. You can too!
Wiki work started us out: class writing, revising, critiquing, publishing. What about blogging? The kids know that blogs are open to public comment. How do we step into this?
I’ve blogged my hesitations and my journey in three phases (listed below), and you can link to follow our story.
If you are timid to start blogging, this path may provide the tips to set you and your students on their way. The important thing is: learn about it, then do it your way. That’s my story, with help from my Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN) in Twitter and Edublogs. You don’t need to start big; I didn’t. Just start where your objectives lead you, one page in your story at a time.
Please let me know how your story’s pages turned. Here’s mine:
Starting with Comments;
From Comments to Blogs:
This fall, these same kids will probably bounce in the door with, “Did you get our user names on our blog yet?” They don’t forget; is summer loss really true?
My goal expands from improving student writing and voice when we blog and comment to now include writing authenticity as we share blog connections with other classes in the world. In other words, to help my students grow their PLN while traveling down their writing road.
Remember to review the EC Ning Webstitute to learn from the archives from your new PLN — here are links to their work:
Alan Sitomer — http://vimeo.com/13234710 Project-based learning
Bud Hunt — http://budtheteacher.com/ Purposeful Transparency as Professional Development
Laura Nicosia — Archive of presentation
Dawn Hogue — http://www.mshogue.com/ Web Tools in the Language Arts Classroom
Kelly Hines — http://blip.tv/file/3849007 Going Global in Elementary School with Web 2.0
Meredith Stewart– http://englishcompanion.ning.com/group/ecningsummerwebstitute2010/forum/topics/day-1-meredith-stewart-deep About Blogging
Paul Hankins http://prezi.com/enutyhqkhd_8/raw-ink-online-reading-and-writing-in-kentuckiana/ RAW Ink: Reading and Writing online
Thanks to Jim Burke for leading us here. He’s been an inspiration since before computer technology changed the world of teaching and learning…
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart