The classroom is no longer confined to traditional forms of assessment, learning and teaching, with many thanks to blogging. Blogging opens the world of new literacies, made accessible by the internet, for any classroom. Kim Pericles, who is the Assistant Principal at Belmore South Public School, provides examples of how the use of blogs can be effective as an engaging teaching and learning tool.
Blogging is a tool which is simple to use, easy to control and can easily address all key learning areas (KLAs). It is a revolutionary approach to ensuring that teachers are able to address and teach a variety of KLAs in one go. It also opens up a new way for students to interact with each other and discuss each others work, as blogging allows participants (the audience) to comment or reply to posts which have been made.
In Pericles class, we se three boys poring over that week’s “English, European and Australian football games so they can rework ladders, disseminate information and answer questions on their Everything football blog” (Pericles, 2008). In this instance alone, we see that the boys are able to discuss and create discussion on something that they are clearly passionate about, while also making educated and calculated decisions to rework ladders and answer questions which have been made by a genuine audience, after first reading into information and the results of the game. Pericles calls this “authentic learning for an authentic purpose” (2008).
The greatest aspect about blogging is that it allows a classroom to share their knowledge and learning to an audience that may be another classroom from across the globe. As most students are aware that possibly anyone with internet access can see their work, which is published on their blogs, it is important that high expectations are established through explicit quality criteria. The explicit quality criteria can be established and formulated for the class as a whole class after viewing a variety of class an individual blog posts. This allows students to understand what constitutes as a great blog and how best they can achieve it through meeting the quality criteria.
Pericles, K. (2008). Happily blogging @ Belmore South. SCAN, 27(2), 4-6
A Review of Two Great Educational Blogs:
Fabulous 5S is a great model for stage 2 and 3 students, as an effective blog as they not only explore various activities they were a part of, but also highlighted special events which occurred at the school. It was great to see that 5S did not confine their blog posts just to written expressions and images. 5S also heavily incorporated the use of video footage and audio footage, which showcases their abilities to embed and film videos, and search for relevant audio footage for their posts.
3/4C @ The Junction
This is another great blog to show as a model to stage 2 and 3 students as they bog about various events and activities, share their work through images and are sure to include various forms of medias use such as videos, images and written text. This blog is also unique as the authors are not just from the student perspectives, but they also involve the classroom teacher, which adds another dimension to the blog.
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