Student Blogging

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Should student blogs be open to the public? Social Media in and out of the classroom can transform learning and bridge gaps between home and school. Blogging helps me to work through my ideas, to reflect on learning and gain perspectives from others. What makes this work is that there is an authentic audience. When we work in front of an audience we raise the bar and want to do our best.  If we close the community to just student’s classmates are we really giving purpose to what they are saying?

What does the new DECD policy on Social Media  say? There seem to be some contradictions.

What does your school policy say?  What does it need to address to promote safety and give guidelines? I’m thinking we need guidelines as a school, for teachers and for students  that include your roles and a focus on personal responsibility (including legal, ethical obligations).

In the PYP we aim to foster international-mindedness in people who are digitally responsible citizens.  It seems to me open student blogs have tremendous potential for learning.

Thank you to George Couros for challenging my thinking in this area and getting me started in reflecting in this way.  George’s blog is an excellent example of both a learning profile and showcase portfolio.

Actions for me 

Set aside time in the work day to blog. To reflect. Only need 20 minutes or so. This IS part of the learning process and part of an educator’s work.

Look at creating student blogs that can be private, public, or private to the community. Have a look at EduBlogs and multiuser accounts so that comments on blogs can be moderated.  Think about opening up!

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  1. I think that blogging definitely has great potential to open us up to new and interesting conversations but as you mentioned, “personal responsibility” is definitely crucial to its success within an educational setting. Children are growing up in a world where it is socially acceptable to post their thoughts and feelings into an online community for others to respond to. We as their teachers (and parents) must make it a priority to give them the understanding that what is said in an online forum can have very real consequences- positive or negative. Therefore, the core of any good teaching must be not only the skills involved in using this technology but the ability to use it ethically. This is what needs to be highlighted in any effective Social Media policy.

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