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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.

http://greythorn6x.globalstudent.org.au

http://greythorn4x.globalstudent.org.au

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.

Tips:

  • 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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