As the September Student Blogging Challenge is coming to an end, The Edublogger asked us to explain how blogging has made a difference. With almost 60 comments recorded on this post, I spent some time reviewing what everyone had to say. Boy did you have a lot to say!!!! So here they are….the top 10 ways blogging has made a difference in your life at school………….
Old fashion assignments take on new life. Gracie said it this way …”Screech…that’s the sound of an old wooden pencil good thing blogging does not call for that! Blogging is new to our school this year. It is a fun enjoyable way to get your thoughts out.” Gracie I’ll have to agree with you on that one….reducing the sound of screechie pencils is a great thing. People also thought if you missed the school day, you could jump on the class blog and find out what had happened.
Blogging has helped you find new interests. Tyler said she learned about things she had never heard before. GraceK said “By writing and finding out what other kids my age write, I have learned lots of things. Like where people live and the places they visit, the sports they play, the type of food, music, books, etc that they enjoy. Which makes me want to try new things and write about more topics. “
Reason # 8
Lots of people mentioned that they weren’t so good at the computer. Blogging was difficult because you had to learn how to use the computer for more than typing. Margaret said she wanted to be better but hadn’t had the chance and blogging gave her the chance to learn some “simple steps for computers” so she could be good like her brother, mom and dad. Other students said they learned about how to use HTML a bit, or widgits and online polls….none of which they had heard of before. Which brings me to the next reason…..
Several people explained how they were able to participate in the class conversations much better than in the real classroom. Most felt like they were a bit shy and needed time to think. Ryan said he liked the “silence” of the conversation. Very cool way to think of it….. Another student thought he gained courage to speak out with his opinions in a way he would have never tried in class. I loved the comment about how the class blog is much better than a textbook because it replies!!!!
Many students mentioned they loved reading the blogs from around the world. It gave them a chance to learn new words or customs. William thought Liam’s blog was particularly fun because it had interactive monkeys as one of the widgits. Grace thought she might try diving after reading another blogger’s story about how great diving was which is exactly. Patrick thought it helped him realize that there is more than one way to talk to people.
Sounds a bit like #6, but it is diffierent in that blogging allowed many students to see a difference in perspectives. Jacob and Eric talked about how they were able to start seeing other people’s points of view after the 10 blog reading challenge. Nick also thought the pictures that other student bloggers used helped to paint a picture of where they lived he couldn’t get from just reading the words.
Most of you felt that blogging has helped you be a better writer. You’ve learned how to make comments that relate to the topic, you’re learning how to answer the question that’s been asked and you’ve learned to edit/revise and fix-up your writing. I’d have to say that most thought it was a tough process but that you feel like you’re getting better and better at it. Quite a few people also mentioned they thought some of what they were learning about writing on the blogs was rubbing off on other classes.
Blogging let’s you be in charge of your writing. Once you earned your own blog, and that wasn’t easy according to what you wrote, you were able to develop your own creative writing interests and interact with other student bloggers from around the world.
Most everyone also thought they had learned quite a bit about how to stay safer on the internet. They had learned the difference between what you can and cannot share with the whole world….but in a way that didn’t make it boring or too schoolish.
which brings us to the reason that most people mentioned over and over was
According to all of you, the most important way blogging has a made a difference is that it makes learning fun. It changes boring homework into something that you don’t mind doing so much. It makes you feel like you have ownership of your learning…that you can set the agenda and offer your ideas without so much worry.
It seems to me that you all have learned so much and that blogging has a made a difference. The most important thing I think is for everyone to stand and reflect on how far they’ve come since we started this process way back in August. Everyone single one of you has gotten better at computers, at reading, at writing…and at problem solving. You’ve learned to help each and become more independent. You’re more resourceful in reasoning your way through problems. And that doesn’t even touch on all the social studies that you’ve learned. Well done…..well done….You should be proud of how much your hard work has accomplished.