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Teaching at the Elementary level is something that I have always dreamed of. Previously when I have thought about incorporating blogging into the classroom setting, it was always something that I saw at a higher level of learning. I did not really think about the ways that it could be used a Division I level, until hearing about how Jen Deyenberg used a blog with her pre Grade 1 students. For one I think Jen made an excellent point that it is a very important skill for students in todays age to become just as fluent on the keyboard as they are with a pencil. Using blogging for students to write simple sentences was a great way for her to see which students needed more time learning all of the capital letters, and which kids had them mastered.
This week for my blog I wanted to take a look at different ways to incorporate blogging and technology into a Division I classroom, in a way that was created and published by the students. Below are a number of ideas that I have found that I look forward to trying out in my future classrooms
Similar to Jen’s nephews use of Instagram for a word of the day, there are a number of ways that students can use Instagram
-They can use it as a way to showcase their work
-While learning to read and write they can take photos of sight words
-They could use the video setting to capture an experiment
-They could take pictures of nature (bugs, animals, plants)
The following is a list of other ways to use Instagram in the classroom:
Blogging is a great way for students to upload their opinions up onto a site where others are able to respond. Allowing students to use a blog can increase motivation, help them develop new skills, and overall achieve learning in an enjoyable way. Having students blog can also be beneficial for interaction between peers since students work is immediately uploaded in an area that allows for comments.
Below are two different sites that showcase a number of different types of blogs
–The Best Student Blogs of 2012 shows a number of different blogs created by students of all ages, that are deemed to be very successful
–The Edublogger is a site with a number of different classroom blogs from all over the world that are listed and categorized by grade. The chart on the site allows the viewer to know which blogs are student run, the class twitter account, as well as how long they have been posting for.
Following video can be located at Twitter and a Kindergarten Classroom
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