Students as Learners and Teachers

Please reflect on the video A Brave New World-Wide Web we viewed together in class today as you respond to each of the following questions:

  1. What connections did you make to your own learning experiences?
  2. What connections did you make to the experiences you’ve had teaching others?
  3. This video was intended to move the thinking of educators.  What did you take away from it?

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Blogging: Why Bother?







Image: Kristina B

Happy, Happy New Year!

As we look forward to the new year, it’s exciting to imagine how our explorations and learning will take shape over the next 6 months.  What goals will you set for yourself as learners? As collaborators? As connectors of people and ideas?

One blogger from whom I’ve learned and connected a great deal is Silvia Tolisano.  She recently wrote about Teachers learning to blog FOR their students.  An excerpt from her post reads:

There are literally millions of blogs out there:

  • some of very poor quality
  • some with topics that hold no interest to you
  • some written in a voice that doesn’t keep your attention
  • some written so well that you can’t believe you get to read them for free
  • some that will change the way you view the world forever
  • some from which you will learn everytime you just think about them :)

As you prepare to begin blogging about your own learning journey, take a moment to consider the work of the student bloggers linked below.  As you read each one, be aware of your own thinking and learning…

  • Note the quality of each blog and the age of each author.
  • Do the topics interest you?
  • Does the writer use a voice that keeps your attention?  Or makes you wish there were more to read/see/hear?
  • What different modes of communication do the authors use (images, text, audio, video, other…)?
  • How do the authors invite you into their conversation?
  • What else do you notice about these blogs?

Student Blogs:

  1. Jake’s Online Journal
  2. Jarrod’s Awesome Blog 
  3. Miriam’s Magical Moments
  4. Gemma’s Blog
  5. *Jaden’s Awesome Blog

*Jaden invites fellow student bloggers to join his “Ultimate Blogging Challenge”, a spin off of the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge.  Read his post carefully…what could be gained from a Challenge with no “prize”?


As a comment to this post, please share the following:
  1. What do you like about the “writing”? Style, modes of communication, content, length of posts, language, author’s voice, resources, something else?
  2. Is there anything you might try to avoid as a blog “writer”?
  3. What 5 “tips” will you take from these blogs and use as you build your own blog
  4. How might using your Wonder topic help you get started as a blogger?