Several weeks ago, I was interviewed via skype by some teachers from Kerala, India about the reasons for blogging. My friend, Sebastian Panakal setup this videoconference. That same day I caught up on my overdue reading of the Edublogger and noticed this post on Help Student Answer Questions on Blogging. Here is my response to the questions posed in that post.
How long have you been blogging with your students?
- are personalized and customized online spaces and a source of pride.
- enable a full range of media to be used catering for the diversity of student learning styles.
- are a necessary 21st century digital skill and teaches many digital literacy skills
- can be used to learn in a practical manner the following:- cyber safety, netiquette and digital citizenship
- provide an online space for further interaction, conversations, connection and communication with others from across the globe.
- become a digital portfolio with all their associated benefits. See Skippy, Rachael, Allanah, Kirsty as examples
- extends learning to anywhere and any time to ie 24/7, supporting a flipped classroom approach
- facilitates a network that is global
- It caters for a wide range of learning abilities and introduces a range of media that give added impact eg the use of video tutorials as compared to text, using images/cartoons instead of chunks of text for those who struggle with literacy.
- if a student is struggling with learning from their own classroom teacher, they can find other educators or resources online to help them with their understanding See An uprising of learning at the grass roots.
- technology allows learning to become accessible from any region – the remotest areas of earth, isolated rural and outback areas, hospitals, cross countries etc
- learning becomes efficient eg teacher professional development can be undertaken without the cost of travel, accommodation, hire of buildings etc.
- networking is enabled on a global scale and the collective ideas, resources,established or innovative units of teaching/learning, experiences from a combined ‘global brain’ that will push the learning and teaching to more powerful levels.
- But most of all – it just makes sense. Our students use technology constantly outside school, so why shouldn’t we tap into that teachnology for learning within and beyond the classroom.