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Blogging as a Thinking Apparatus (ICTEV conference)

Posted by Lisa Hill on May 30, 2009

Check out these class blogs for beaut ways to enrich the blogging experience.

Students have posted some very impressive work, but it’s the quality of the thinking processes embedded into the activities that’s innovative.  Have a look at Brodie’s blog, for example, to see the quality of the writing and the depth of his thinking.  I’ll be exploring this site in greater depth when I get home from the conference!

The content includes text, video (internet, DigiLearn), websites, and specific units of work.


  • Communicate with the school community: notes home to parents encourage them to make comments.
  • Students need to create web links to their friends’ blogs and the classroom blog.
  • Students need time after they have blogged to read other students’ blogs and leave comments.
  • Assessment opportunities are across a variety of VELS:
    • Writing – endless opportunities
    • Thinking processes – reasoning processes and inquiry; creativity; reflection evaluation and metacognition
    • ICT  – developing new thinking; students expressing themselves in contemporary and relevant ways; global and local communication; and reflecting on ethical responsibilities. 

Cyber safety

  • Watch out for student surnames (in blog addresses in any published work within student classroom work that is uploaded or photographed).
  • Be careful with photographs – school photos, photos inside classroom work displayed – parent permission is essential.
  • Links on student blogs – watch out for inappropriate themes, ads or template names.

A great session!

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