The previous day we talked about what a blog was and why we would a blog. The children came up with an extensive list, but their #1 reason to blog was to share class news. You can only imagine the excitement when they walked in and it wasn't long before one shouted, "Hey, let's put this on our blog!" I had the mini laptop lab ready to go. You would have thought I was passing out candy!
They did a great job logging in with little instruction and assistance. They were clicking and typing and discussing what to write. Some of the children responded to my post, while others decided to create their own. The conversations that were going on were impressive. They worked together to help each other find the correct place to write. It was amazing. It was one of those teaching moments that give you goosebumps... my favorite kind. In fact, the reason I do this job :)
The students were so engaged and their learning was so meaningul. Some of the children were typing their stories as they thought of it, and others decided to publish their journal writings. So far, everybody has been able to either post or comment on something. Not everything has made it to the Internet because we are waiting on a few more permission slips OR they were on a roll and didn't finish their piece. Please check out our work and comment.
Check back regularly to see what is going on.
I have also spent some time this weekend trying to connect with other classes around the world that are blogging too. If you would like to join us in this project, please contact me.
Happy blogging :)