To Blog or Not To Blog
Creating Digital Citizens Though Guided Reading
Why use a classroom blog?
Research shows that blogging in the classroom: * improves writing skills *improves confidence levels *allow for experimenting and risk-taking *students can see writing change over time Morris, Gail.. Using Blogs in the Classroom
•Display and present how to be a digital citizen within the classroom •Navigate on classroom blog site •Post and reply to classroom discussions •Pose questions for peers to read and respond to
•Students watched the video “Internet Safety for Kids” •Then a t-chart was created with the group discussing things that are appropriate vs things that are not appropriate when on the internet •Students also completed the AUP activity we created in class •Finally, the students created a “poster that teaches” which can be see here
•The students logged onto the classroom blog and read the task given. • I was available to answer any clarifying questions and support for those who may have needed it • The students completed the task posted comments •I made sure to comments as they were working o they would know I was watching and monitoring their work.
Here Goes Nothing... The First Read and Respond
*Today's task was very similar to the previous day with the exception that students would have less assistance. *We revisited trouble shooting areas that arose last time and reflect on how to handle them in today’s assignment *The class then began commenting and replying.
You Be the Teacher
*In this task, students were asked to be the teacher. *The directions explained that they would come up with the comprehension question. *Students posted their question to an assigned classmate. *The classmate then replied to the question with their name. *Today needed some redirection as some of the group members were a bit silly with their replies.
Students were then given a questionnaire about their experience using the classroom blog. Student responses were recorded.
"The blog make me like reading more because I can see what other people think about the text."
"Yes, I would like to do more lessons like this in the future because I get to talk with my friends and learn in a different way."
The blog has become a social piece in our classroom family and many others are eager to use it as well. My next step plans are for these 6 students to work side by side with my other reading groups as the experts to help assist and teach them how to use it appropriately. I want them to pass the digital citizen torch on!
Where Digital Citizens Created?
As descirbed by student responses as well as looking at student engagement, it is clear that these 6 students are on their way to becoming digital citizens. They can now communicate and learn though the internet rather that meeting face to face!