From my previous post, you will see reason 7 to blog is:
To give students a global and authentic audience
That is why I began blogging back in 2008 – I wanted my students to see there is a world beyond their small town. We began with a class blog, then each student had their own blog, all open to the world.
But the world was not coming to them; the only comments they got were from each other or from me their teacher and occasionally a parent.
How could I get a global, authentic audience to visit my students’ blogs?
Back in 2008, I didn’t have any contacts to other teachers around the world. The students didn’t have any relatives living in other countries.
Then I remembered Sue Waters, my mentor who had started me on my blogging journey. I contacted her and she sent out a tweet to her educator friends on Twitter. I had joined Twitter 6 months previously but had not used it because I couldn’t really see any value to it.
Soon I had 3 teachers wanting to link our classes and to leave comments on student blogs. Here was the authentic audience, here was a global audience.
- Mrs Smith – grade 6/7 in Canada
- Inez – grade 6 students in Portugal
- Mr Bogush – grade 7 in USA
But this would never have happened if I didn’t have that one person who had a connected personal learning network.
So how are you the teacher going to develop a network of other educators who can then help comment on your student blogs?
I will be writing another post on developing a PLN (personal learning network).