Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Benefits of Using Blogs in Classrooms
While reading blogs last night (of students in a graduate course on Social Media taught by Alec Couros (@courosa) at the University of Regina) I realized that several of them might benefit from a short demonstration of the power of blogs. So I put this collection together for all who might be interested in why blogs and blogging are so important, I think, to all teachers and students. When I have a bit more time I will elaborate on this in my Dr. John Strange's Strange Thoughts.
I would love to have your reactions after you watch and look at this series of blogs. Leave comments!
The whole exercise should take about 30 minutes to do.
The Power of Blogs and Commenting on Blogs:
Read and listen to this exchange with Room 10 at Pt. England School, Auckland, New Zealand to understand the power of blogs:
1. I had my students comment on kids blogs as a result of Mr. William Chamberlain (@wmchamberlain also see #comments4kids) and the wonderful teachers who join him At The Teachers Desk". Many of my students visited Room 10 and left comments there.
This is the Thank You that the third graders (yes, 3rd graders!) sent to me and my students: Thank You Dr. Strange! Read my post which contains a thank you from the teacher. Then click on either the picture or the link provided and you will go to Room 10's blog. Read the post there and watch the wonderful movie Room 10 sent me. I was crying by the end of it!
2. I also got an email from Ms. Dorothy Burt (@dorothyjburt) which provided me with some very important information about Room 10, Pt. England School, and the kids who go there: An Email From Dorothy Burt.
3. I have now replied to Room 10. In my reply you will find the students in Room 10 are now known to many, including the President of the University of South Alabama. Watch My Reply to Room 10.
Not convinced about the power of blogs?
Well, watch this exchange of blogs and comments:
A blog by a three year old (her father is the medium through which she posts):
Mr. Chamberlain on his blog titled Dear Kaia: Voicethread and Video
Kaia's Father Muses: Intrepid Teacher: Singing Hearts
I could add many more wonderful examples. Here are two additional links to stir your interest:
Point England School, Auckland, New Zealand. Kids can often show you the way!
Pt. England School Never Ceases to Amaze Me!
Finally, look at this post of Anthony Capps, one of my students this fall: You Are Creating Your Intellectual Trail - And It Can Be Googled!.