- Our first class scribe of the year volunteered
- Only the current scribe has the power to appoint the next scribe
- Everyone must have a turn before someone can post again
*This is a system I modified from a friend, Darren Kuropatwa, who has a lot of experience blogging in the classroom.
Now there are some exceptions to these guidelines:
- If a student wants to post an extra post (on a non-science day or in
addition to the daily post), they may
- I've had a few students blog about projects that they are working
on or to ask questions
- If you visit their blog, you'll notice that some students on the author
list have posted up to six times already
- My students wanted to implement a weekly Mathlete Friday post
where they post about anything they want (Math-related) during
Friday's math class
- Since this was their development, they take turns volunteering for
this post and they blog about everything from reviews of math
class to math cartoons and brain-teasers
* Unfortunately, this weekly posting isn't as regular as we often
miss Fridays due to holidays, PD days, and extra-curricular
Since we have been blogging for almost six months, however, I wanted to help my students take their blog to the next level. Having started in September with many students not even knowing what a blog was, we spent our first term getting familiar with Blogger, formatting, referencing, publishing, etc. Now that the majority of my students are comfortable with those aspects, this image came to mind:
What Do You Want Kids To Do With Technology? (Accessed 2014). Uploaded by Bill Ferriter.Available online at:http://blog.williamferriter.com
*Now an important thing about this whole thing is that this is EXACTLY what I knew we were doing the whole time, yet many of my students had never thought about this concept before. I thought this was interesting because it was an area of disconnect between us prior to this. I am happy I decided to formally bring this up.
My students started talking about how they could use their blog post to:
- share ideas that they thought of during class
- learn more about a related topic that we don't necessarily talk about in class
- find answers from experts in their fields
- do research with people in other environments
We also decided to create a living documentation of our PLN in the classroom. We started by adding in all of the elements of their current PLN and have been adding to it as the days go on. For example: students have been sharing their blog posts through their Twitter accounts and have added specific hashtags to their PLN poster so other students can follow them! I'm loving how students are taking accountability for their learning and recognizing that the tools that they are already utilizing can help them explore their educational interests.
Here is one post my student made about our PLN plans, including his favourite PLN tool (hint: it is my favourite too)!
Have you brought up the idea of PLNs with your students?
Do you know of any student-friendly resources about PLNs (all I can find is more geared towards teachers and other professionals).