My class have been blogging for a good few months now and I am really impressed with how the children have led its development from a ‘simple’ text-based sharing platform, to an interactive, multimedia learning tool.
Our blog can be viewed here: http://corianderclass2011.primaryblogger.co.uk/
To begin with, the blog was mainly used by myself to post about what we had been learning in the classroom and to provide ‘content’ for my class to engage with (in an almost Web 1.0 way). However, this has quickly evolved into an interactive Web 2.0 learning space where the children are creating content themselves and interacting with the content others are posting.
Across the world, people have visited our blog and left relevant, meaningful and engaging comments, including many of the children’s parents and families. This has further engaged and excited the children as well as forced them to realise that their content must be of a high quality for them to communicate their ideas to this audience successfully. Recently, I have been reflecting on the impact real, relevant and purposeful experiences have on children’s learning and for me, setting up a classblog is one approach that has embedded this in daily classroom life.
The international aspect of our blog has definitely been helped by the #QuadBlogging scheme set up and run by @deputymitchell and the #pairedup network organised by @ikeontoast. Linking with other classes and individuals from across the globe has presented many collaborative opportunities and currently, we are linked (via blogs) to a class in the Unites States and New Zealand and have regular comments from individuals in Argentina (thanks to @PDemarchi) and Australia (thanks to @RossMannell). I believe that all of this interaction and communication has combined to strengthen positive attitudes to learning in my class.
My class are now really beginning to take ahold of their learning both in and outside of the classroom using Web 2.0 tools. Since we broke for half term yesterday, our classblog has received comments from children at home peer assessing other’s writing; our class rainforest wiki has been updated; and I have received an email from a member of the class with links to a maths website and a YouTube video that they use at home for “extra learning” and believe have potential for use in the classroom.
The idea that children can bring their own ‘tools’ (both online or offline) into the classroom to support their learning is an exciting one and is something that I am going to consider next term. Quite how, I do not know, but I’m sure the children will have many thought provoking comments to make about it, as well as effective ideas on how to achieve this!
A big thank you to everyone who comments on our class blog! 🙂