1. Maureen Devlin

    Hi George, As a passionate blogger, I enjoyed this post. I’ve been looking for ways to encourage my students’ daily creations and communication. Interesting enough, at fourth grade, the most popular way of sharing their writing has been our fourth grade Google docs writing thread–it seems like it’s the right size share for most fourth graders. Some are willing and desiring a bigger audience, and I’m finding those students places to publish such as local newspapers and our class showcase blog. Still more are choosing SCRATCH as their communication medium. One girl has her own SCRATCH studio where she’s created radio shows, stories, videos, games, and animations. Another boy uses SCRATCH and other coding languages to play and communicate via his own game creations. The children play each other’s homemade game creations. There are so many wonderful ways to create and communicate today, and as you suggest it’s our job to help students find and master the mediums that matter to them and to the world they will live and work in. Thanks, as always, for hosting my thoughts and pushing my thinking.

  2. Janelle McLaughlin

    I agree with so much of this. It just makes sense to have a way for students to show (and document) authentic learning. A digital portfolio shows true growth with much more accuracy than traditional letter grades. Most kids embrace the idea of competency-based grading, it’s the teachers and parents that put up the fight to keep letter grades. It’s a comfort-level thing. Like you mentioned,as educators, however, we are responsible to teach them to leverage their learning, not just “play the game” of school. Great reflection.

  3. Colleen Rose

    There are so many benefits to blogging, but it seems that those of us who are interested in using it with students are usually the ones who have personally experienced so much freedom from blogging ourselves. You’re right: blogging gives students a voice, and the creative potential is limitless. The ability to share ideas by writing is just one step to expressing oneself. Pictures, videos, widgets, connections & links all help students by encouraging curiosity and exploration. Creating a blog post is similar to creating an artwork: the thrill of having an idea, writing about it, illustrating it, and then stepping back and being able to see it from different perspectives. It’s liberating.


    Colleen Rose

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