Students from Melville Intermediate School used Blogger to share their development of te reo Māori and receive feedback.
"In our school, decisions about appropriate use of digital technologies are made collaboratively with students." eLPF 2014
Teaching and learning
Setting up a class blog
The teacher chose Blogger
as a blogging tool because he had used it before and was familiar with its features. Instead of creating a new class blog he used one he’d set up the year before. This enabled him to make the most of previously generated visitor traffic.
To get underway with students, the teacher facilitated a class brainstorm focusing on possible content for the blog. He asked questions such as:
promoted the new blog post through online networks including Twitter
and other classroom blogs within and outside the school.
Comments on the post were received from around the world.
became increasingly aware of the importance of audience
became more reflective in their work
found it extremely empowering to receive feedback from sources other than their teacher, resulting in increased confidence and motivation in other curriculum areas
were engaged and motivated, evident from their written feedback
gained further incidental learning, particularly in relation to geography, through regular checks on the origin of visitors to the blog
benefitted from increased connections between the home and school via the blog as they shared it with their whānau and encouraged them to leave a comment.
Next steps for the teacher were to further assist staff within his own school to set up their own classroom blogs. It was hoped that this would result in further collaboration between classes, and generate a greater network of support and sharing. The teacher intended to explore more ways to promote the class blog to their wider school community, for example, by holding information evenings to support whānau in accessing the blog.
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