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A Class Blog or Individual Student Blogs?


This post is in response to the week 5 Global2 Blog Challenge:– When is it appropriate to use class blogs as opposed to individual student blogs?

Class blogs can be used in several ways:-

  • As a starter process to blogging, allowing a teacher who may be new to blogging to gain confidence in a structured and easily moderated manner. Class blogs allow full control by the teacher.
  • Great for classes (especially the younger ones) to showcase their work, their projects, reflections etc
  • As a connecting and communicating point with other local/national/global classes, with parents and general community members
  • As a complete learning management system lesson tasks, instructions, plans, links, resources, embedded movies/digital media/podcasts etc

Individual student blogs allow(s)

  • Ownership
  • students to have a voice
  • them to share their learning using media that suits their learning style
  • the development of digital journals
  • customization or personalization of the space
  • allows for reflective type journals on a personal basis
  • storytelling on an individual basis
  • the development of e-portfolios
  • search engines to discover the student blog if tagged and categorized appropriately

Some of the benefits of presenting and showcasing student work through individual student blogs include the following:-

  • Empowers students
  • Encourages creativity
  • Allows individual reflection on learning
  • Enables personal reflections
  • increased engagement
  • Provides for an authentic audience ? increased motivation
  • Students can choose from a wide range of media for communciation

Following are some benefits of presenting and showcasing student work through class blogs:-

  • Allows the best of student work within a class to be showcased on one space.
  • Enables group work, peer mentoring, team work
  • Class blogs may be more receptive to a wider network and wider audience
  • Global classes of a similar nature can share learning with each other
  • Enables the parents to connect, view and compare outcomes of students
  • May encourage competition amongst students ? be challenged to a higher level when students can see the work of their peers.

My experiences with presenting and showcasing through class blogging or individual student blogging:-

  • I started with a class blog until I felt confident with blogging.
  • Personal ownership is always more engaging, motivating and the blogs can be customized to individual preferences.
  • My classes are secondary classes and mostly at the senior level, therefore the work that they complete is exercise driven and mostly not appealing to a broad audience.
  • Where does a teacher stand with intellectual property, creative commons, student ownership of creativity etc if work is placed on the class blog rather than individual blogs?

There is a place for both types of blogs and each take on different purposes, but individual blogs should be supported, developed and created wherever possible. What would you add to this question? Please leave a comment and your opinion.
Cross posted on my class blog


This Week’s Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Challenge Based Learning

Date/Time: Tuesday March 8th 4-5pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

What is Challenge Based Learning and why should you use it?

Challenge Based Learning is an approach which has –

  • A multiple entry point strategy and varied and multiple possible solutions
  • A focus on universal challenges with local solutions
  • An authentic connection with multiple disciplines
  • An opportunity to develop 21st century skills
  • The purposeful use of Web 2.0 tools for organizing, collaborating, and publishing
  • The opportunity for students to do something rather than just learn about something
  • The documentation of the learning experience from challenge to solution
  • 24/7 access to up-to-date technology tools and resources so students can do their work

from Challenge Based Learning: Take action and make a difference [Apple 2009] p.2

Find out how Challenge Based Learning was used with Primary and Middle Years students, by someone who has actually taught it! This session will be presented by Mark Richardson.

About Mark:– Mark Richardson has taught in primary schools for many years. For the past decade he has been ICT Coordinator at Williamstown Primary School, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. He also has extensive experience planning and delivering professional learning to teachers in ICT / eLearning. His current interests are Web 2.0 technologies in schools, multimedia, using Web Conferencing as a teaching tool, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, Moodle / Ultranet, Challenge Based Learning, 1 to 1 Classrooms and anything on a Macintosh.

Mark has an article on CBL which has just been published in Education Technology Solutions #41

Here is thelink to join the session. Please note the room will open at 3:30pm. This session will be recorded

eT@lking: Talking about Blogging

Date/Time: Wednesday March 9th, 8-9pm, Australia time (gmt +11)

Continuing on with our theme on blogging, this session is a general sharing  amongst participants where you can ask questions about blogging eg where to begin, how to write posts, tag, add categories, what to write about etc through to questions on advanced blogging, what makes an effective blog, what place does blogging have in eLearning etc? Come along,share your blogs, your questions and join in the conversations.
Here is the link to the session

Tech Talk Tuesdays:- Blogging Isn’t Just for Big Kids

Kathleen McGeady was our  fabulous presenter this week, speaking about the power of blogging, especially with her young class.  Kathleen blogs with grade 2s (7-8 year olds) with a class blog, called 2KM She spoke about the many elements of blogging including comments. It was through comments that she met Linda Yollis  from USA and a firm partnership developed, along with others. A Ugandan Project that was organised between these schools and one in Shanghai raised $20,000! Amazing!

Links shared by Kathleen:-

  1. The Ugandan Project video
  2. Tools to use within the blogging platform :- glitz, voki, tagxedo, slideshare, polldaddy, teachertube, photobucket, embedit,
  3. Check out these blogs
  4. globber
  5. Getting started with edublogs

From the chat:-

  • Mel Cashen 1: Tom Barrett suggests tagging posts with student names and this can form a portfolio at the end of th year
  • Mel Cashen 1: Today I left a video explaining the lesson for a CRT on the blog.  Easy access for the teacher and the kids can then go back and watch it again at home.
  • Kelly: HUGE bonus of a blog is the parent support
  • Sample of a young student’s blog
  • Mel Cashen 1: We do a lunchtime blogging club every Friday
  • Linda Yollis: I have the parents set up the blog with the children. I did some parent ed.
  • Jenny Ashby: yes its better in context as part of the learning not an extra
  • Jayne: How old are your students? This could be great inspiration to my adult ESL students – to see what young children can do!
  • Have used Kidblog as a blog for young kids and beginners
  • the edublogger for lots of great help and advice
  • Sue Wyatt aka tasteach: or join the student blogging challenge which I run twice a year for ten week periods
  • Primary tech teacher
  • google reader for blog subscriptions
  • Linda 4: twitter is a must

Blogs shared:-

  1. Kids in the mid
  2. 4/5/6 Learning Centre
  3. LEEP
  4. 2kj Leopold PS
  5. Mrs Yollis Classroom blog
  6. Epsom Primary School
  7. The Reading Roundup
  8. Teaching Literacy
  9. The Global Education Conference

Here is the link to the recording.

eT@lking: Blogging Beyond Borders

Sue Wyatt is an amazing educator who has created the Blogging Challenge. Together with Sue Waters she organises two blogging challenges a year. In 2009, for the first challenge, they co-ordinated 101 classes and 513 individual blogs .

Sue spoke about some of the challenges given, some of the outcomes and gave examples of student posts and comments.

Listen to the recording

From the chat came the following:-

  1. brainstorming with bubblus
  2. Inpi’s blog (Portugal)
  3. Jan Smith’s blog
  4. Paul Bogush’ blog
  5. The student friends blog (which eventuated out of the first challenge)
  6. Sue Wyatt’s class blog
  7. Larry Ferlazzo blog
  8. Student Challenge Blog