A little something about me…

Lucy, you’ve got some explaining to do!

Hello Folks!

Final blog post, Yaaaaas! #Learningproject

Well, what do you know… the end of the semester just sucker punched us right in the face… well at-least that is the case for me ha-ha!

It has been a long time since I have blogged about my learning project, but I assure you I will get to the nitty gritty of whats been going down and how I progressed through out the semester.

ALTHOUGH I MUST ADMIT… BLOGGING EVERY WEEK ON MY LEARNING PROJECT WAS A… FAIL…I REPEAT EPIC FAIL!

Even though I didn’t post much about my learning project does not mean I didn’t progress at all, I mean I totally could have done a better job with blogging about it more and sharing my progress. Even though I didn’t get to where I wanted, I am still super proud of myself for the amount of work I did put in and the progress I did make. Especially considering how busy and stressful this semester was.

Looking back to the beginning of the semester I was super confident that learning the Piano was a good idea. I mean I loved the music, it was something I was passionate about… and better yet my son loved it. He had already began Piano lessons, and so I thought maybe I should join him. I could teach myself by using online resources, then practice and learn with him. I thought it would be a good journey for both of us but apparently the universe had other plans… well kind of!

Although we did get a lot of time to play together, it was mostly just to help him. I put a lot of time into him play… and why wouldn’t I? He is my pride and joy!

Also, I found that learning to play the Piano was a lot of work, finding the right resources and trying to get enough practice in for myself. A lot of my practice was done late at night

But…

If I did get the chance to go back and do it over, I would definitely make more time for myself and I would have BLOGGED MORE ON MY PROGRESSION!

My good semester turned around quickly for me, and it seemed like I was being tested a lot. Out of all my semesters in University, it had to be my last that was the hardest. Even though I am glad it is coming to an end, I wish that some things were different. But I know that this even though I feel like i could have done so much better, I won’t beat myself up over it. I believe that things happen for s reason and there is always a lesson to be learnt. You and you learn.

However, I will talk about what I did learn and how I progressed throughout the semester…
1.) What the heck did you get yourself into Skylar?

When I first started, I took a look at some notes and the diagram of the Piano. I was like WHAAAAAT… so confusing. It was very difficult for me to get the hang of things, and I wasn’t so confident anymore.

2.) Baby steps…

So, I honestly thought that this journey was going to be easy as pie… boy was I wrong. I mean I knew it would take time, patience and lots and lots of practice, but dang.

I decided to first label the keys, then practice separating my finger (so they weren’t so sticky and hitting the keys beside them) then learn the different Piano tones.

I searched and came across a lot of resources but some I just couldn’t understand. I finally came across a guy on YouTube, his tutorials were pretty straight forward and I understood him the most; He got right to the point. I subscribed to his channel on Youtube, he goes by “Piano Keyboard Guide”. He also has his own website Piano-Keyboard-guide.com anything that I needed to know I would do so on his page and also watch his videos on YouTube, he was so very helpful.

Here are some pictures from Piano-keyboard-guide.com He gives you the diagram of the keyboard and labels each key. This is where I started and it really helped me a lot.

Simple Piano Keyboard diagram: the white keys are all labeled. If you look closely you will see that the same note names are repetitive. These notes are A,B,C,D,E,F, and G. This is the same on all different piano styles.
Photo credit: Mantius Cazaubon-Piano-keyboard-guide

Also…

As you can see here, he added a more complete piano keyboard diagram. You can see that both the black and white keys are named. The black keys, each have two note names. There is the D-Flta (or C-sharp), E-Flat (or D-sharp), G-flat (or F-sharp), A-Flat (or G-sharp) and B-flat (or A-sharp). 

Photo credit:Mantius Cazaubon-Piano-keyboard-guide

Also thought I’d share the full version of this lesson from Youtube, you will probably understand better!

Mantius was the bomb dot.com, his videos and diagrams have been my best friend! 

Tones:
To help you better understand sharps (♯) and flats (♭), let’s find out what a semitone is. A semitone is also called a half step or half tone and is the smallest interval used in Western music. It is the distance between two notes which are next to one another in pitch. So the distance between C and C-Sharp is one semitone, the distance between D and D-Sharp is one semitone and the same can be said for the distance between A and A-flat.

What is the note that is one semitone higher than C? The answer is C-Sharp. What is the note that is one semitone higher than D? The answer is D-Sharp. Let’s go the other way around. What is the note that is one semitone lower than D? The answer is D-Flat. One semitone lower than E? It’s E-Flat.

A whole tone means a distance of two semitones, i.e. the distance between two notes which are separated by one other note in pitch. For instance, C and D, D and E, and F and G are each one whole tone apart.

Piano-Keyboard-guide

Here is just some pictures of my son’s keyboard and where we labeled the keys! Labeling the keys was so helpful!

 

 

The piano has a 12 note pattern. You can see it on the piano keyboard digram int he once listed above. Even though there are many notes on the piano its just the 12 notes that are being repeated.

To understand the piano key layout bette you have to see how the black keys on a piano are grouped together in groups of two’s and three’s. (that actually helped me a lot, it helped me to remember which keys were where)

You will also notice that the not C always comes before the group of 2 flats (or sharps), while the F always comes before the group of 3 flats (sharps). “On a 49 keyboard, there are 5 C;s, on a 61 and 76 keyboard there are 6 C’s, and there’s 8 on an 88 key keyboard.”

Piano-Keyboard-Guide

Piano-Keyboard-Guide

No troubles bubbles…

Actually, yes, lots of troubles! haha! It was hard for me to play when I first started (I still have trouble) opening up my fingers. They were super sticky and kept pushing all the keys. In my final video that I share below you can see that my left hand looked like it was cramping up and looked mangled ha-ha; thats because it was! I damaged my left hand a long time ago, it never healed right. I didn’t think it would be as big of an issue until I started playing the piano more and more. It would ache sometimes at night! Yikes!

In the picture you can see my pinky, it hangs far away from the rest lol it will never be the same!

 

Although I wanted to add much more, I am running out of time.  I only got to add a few of my videos and  final video. 

Playing different notes on each hand was extremely hard for me, I mastered the right hand but my left hand just couldn’t cut it. So you will notice in my final video I just played the melody of the song, and my left hand kicked in here and their but even that was tough for me.

Here is a video of me of when I first tried to play the Piano! I was just doing some exercises to loosen up my fingers. I actually did pretty good here, my fingers didn’t cramp and I was just messing around ha-ha!

 

Here is the First song I learnt “ABC’s” 🙂

 

Also, here is a video of my son and I playing together!

We had fun learning and exploring together, we won’t stop here!
Here is a mother video of me practicing “My heart will go on” By Celine Dion
As you could see in the video I played different notes, and on my last video below you will see that I just used the white keys. I found it so much easier and less painful for my left hand to play those keys.

My Big Boy!

I started out playing the ABC song, then trying to play random songs after that. My boy heard the melody of “My Heart will go on” by Celine Dion and wanted us to learn that one. I have a video from when I first tried, and then the video below where I am playing the melody!

Here is my final video!

 

Final Thoughts…

Learning the Piano was not an easy task, especially when you are using only online resources to learn. I think I missed the presence of a teacher ha-ha! It’s nice to get more feedback and knowing that you are doing okay! My son however, always let me know mama was a rockstar haha! Although I am not completely satisfied with the way my learning project went I am still happy with what I did learn. My learning project doesn’t stop here, I will continue to learn with my son. I look forward to it!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have an awesome summer break! Also Congratulations to all of you that are convocating this spring! Woohoo!

 

Skylar J

Summary of Learning

HELLO!!!

Photo Credit: Hub☺ Flickr via Compfight cc

Well, Bloggers, the end of the semester is finally here. It is a bittersweet good bye for me, its sweet because this is my last university class for my degree, and also bitter because I have to say goodbye to ECMP355! It was a blast, and I have learnt so much! I want to thank Katia and the rest of ECMP355 class for a great semester!

My summary of learning is in two videos, I really hope that is okay! I couldn’t figure out how to put them both on the same file, not to upload the videos took forever. I kind of live in the middle of no where, so my connection is super weak!

For my summary of learning I have used IMovie, Keynote app for my presentation, and Screencast-O-Matic. It was actually my first time using all 3, I sure had fun in doing so! Ha-ha!

The first video is just a spooky trailer outlining my thoughts and emotions as I entered ECMP355, and the second video is my screencast going through my top 5 take aways from ECMP355. My second video is a little long, I really hope that it okay! 

Enjoy!

Trailer

 

Summary of Learning

Photo Credits for Tailer:

 

Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy my videos!

 

Until next time, 

Skylar J

 

 

Contributing to the Learning of Others…

Hello Again Bloggers!

Week 13 Blog Post: “How have you contributed to the learning of others?”

At the beginning of ECMP355 we have been asked to keep documents, or some records that show how we contributed to the learning of others.

So, how exactly did I contribute to “the learning of others?” 

If I am being totally honest, I don’t feel like I contributed a whole lot, but others might think differently, I tend to be a lot harder on myself! I feel like I could have commented more on my peers blogs or help them out when they asked questions on our google community. I did however, contribute by using  Twitter and sharing my blog posts from my WordPress page! I did such by sharing relevant articles, videos, chats, weekly blog posts, reflections and just my overall thoughts, questions, and concerns about Education!

The Power of Twitter!

Before ECMP355 I never had a twitter account nor did I get the just of it. Now, because of ECMP355 Twitter is my best friend and I love it!

I believe twitter to be one of the most valuable tools on the web. I am a university student finishing up my last classes in order to wrap up my Education degree; and by joining twitter in just this short amount of time I was able to meet powerful people in the education field. I was also able to connect and share with my peers and instructor from ECMP355 on twitter, it was fun and a great learning experience for mr.

I believe I contributed to the learning of others by:

  • Sharing Education related articles
  • Commenting on my peers tweets
  • Contributing to their discussions
  •  Sharing videos and links about Education
  •  Sharing Educational resources from Pinterest and other sites

I made a short from Photosnack, then screen casted it on Screencast-O-matic and uploaded to YouTube to share!

It’s just a short video about how I contributed to the learning of others!

ENJOY!

 

Blogger fo’Life? 

JackSkyblog

Another way I believe that I have contributed to the learning of others was sharing my weekly blogposts from my WordPress page!

Blogging was also something I had never tried before, it was a new and interesting experience. Blogging has proven to be another powerful tool for me. Blogging helped me to thoroughly reflect, research, and share relevant articles, videos, ideas with my peers. It has helped me to open up my writing to a bigger audience, improved my confidence, gave me an opportunity to practice my writing and communication skills, built a learning support community, furthered my PLN, empowered my voice, and most of all it motivated and engaged me to a higher-level of communicative learning!

Here are a few pictures of my posts that I shared with my ECMP355 class!

All screenshots taken from My blogpage!

Should of… Could of… Would of…

I think learning from your peers is super important, I think students learn a whole lot by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in activities which they can learn from. They develop skills in learning activities, working collaboratively with others, giving and receiving feedback and evaluating their own learning. Something I will definitely be doing in my future classroom, lots of collaborative learning!

I most definitely feel like I could have contributed to more than I have, but I won’t be too hard on myself. I came in to the class without knowing a whole lot about technology, and as scared as I was I still persevered and did my best. It was not easy for my, but I stuck with it and I am super proud of myself and what I have learnt in the class. I am taking away so much from the ECMP355 and I hope that some of what I did share have contributed to you’re learning somehow! I know you all definitely contributed to my learning, so Thank You!

Skylar J

Social Activism

Hello Bloggers!

Week 12 Blog Post: “Can online social activism be meaningful and worthwhile? Is it possible to have productive conversations about social justice online?”

 Photo Credit: Joe Frazier Photo Flickr via Compfight cc

First off, I don’t really participate in feminism or other important social justice causes, I mean don’t get me wrong, they are totally important causes to me but I just haven’t ever engaged or put myself out there much.
Most of what I do online is sharing articles, writing my own, discussing ideas on twitter/Facebook, and engaging in discussion in the comments of my blog. For obvious reasons, I avoid conflict!
I would however like to break out of this shell I have been hiding in, because I do believe activism is meaningful and worthwhile; both on and offline. I do have a voice and strong opinions about a lot of causes, I just need to embrace what I know, and have the confidence to step forward! I matter and so do my opinions!
I think online activism is just as meaningful as offline activism because for one, the web has completely changed the way people communicate. It is now a legitimate place to do something meaningful.
Discussing social justice issues online is a valid form of communication through which we can learn to be better activists! For example: myself, I believe by engaging on online forums, blogs, and other websites helped to further educate me. And don’t get me wrong, it is true that online activism may sometimes do more harm than good, with so much information being out there and all, its definitely possible to come in touch with fans information.
That is why it is super important that you thoroughly research what your cause is before discussing and sharing with others!
In my experience, with online activism it sometimes can be hard to have conversations because then you skip out the tone of the discussion, and some times what you say can be taken out of context.
Then comes misunderstandings, etc. People can also choose to NOT read things, kind of like “people only listen to what they want to hear”.
I would definitely in the future engage in more causes I care about. It would be nice to be more active in my community than I have been. I would support my causes offline and online activism, because I feel they are equally as important and useful.
Until next time, Skylar J

A little about me…

 

Hello All,

My name is Skylar Jack, I am a 27 year old Nakoda woman from Carry The Kettle First Nations (Saskatchewan). I am currently in my last year in the Indigenous Elementary Education program at the First Nations University of Canada.

I currently reside on my home community with my husband and son. We moved back home exactly 1 year ago, after my father in law passed away my husband took over the farm and looking after his dad’s horses. It was tough in the beginning trying to adjust to the country life; coming from the big city… but we got used to it and we now love living in the country. Its quiet and content.

I am familiar with technology and used some form of it inside the classroom but I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and hope I can find new ways on how to bring it to my future classroom. I am excited and looking forward to ECMP 355; With todays generation becoming more and more digitally literate technology I look forward to learning more about technology and how I can bring it inside my classroom.

 

 

My Inspiration!

Familia

To code or not to code…

Hello World!

In our ECMP 355 class we were given two options to choose from for our blog prompt that week. It was either 1. Go on Code Academy and create a scratch project or 2. Go to Code.org and do a screencast to show your how you progressed.

I chose to go on Code.org and create my very own Flappy game!

Now, before I share my screencast and talk about more about coding, and why it is important, I think I should first talk about what exactly coding is. Because if you are like me and you’ve never heard of it before then you are probably scratching your head wondering what the heck I am talking about. Ha-ha!

There are other names for coding… like… scripting, programming etc. etc.

So what exactly is coding?

well…

The definition of Coding according to Merriam Webster is “a system of symbols (as letters or numbers) used to represent assigned and often secret meanings”

Nonetheless, to code, is having the ability to read and write a “Machine language”; Just like other human languages that are harder to learn than others, machine languages can be the same. Some machine languages involve more trickier grammar and can seem very complex.

  Photo Credit: Christiaan Colen Flickr via Compfight cc

After I understood what coding meant I then pondered the question…

                                                                                                                             “Well, okay why would kids need to learn this?”…

I didn’t quiet understand why kids would need to learn coding, I mean Its cool but just didn’t seem necessary.

It wasn’t until we had to do a coding assignment on our own that it began to dawn on me…

When we got the assignment I wasn’t to happy to do it, haha mostly because I probably didn’t understand it all too well. We were given sites to go on and try coding and it seem too difficult for me…

 

Photo Credit: joshtasman Flickr via Compfight cc

So I sucked it up and thought I’d give it the benefit of a doubt…

I went to code.org, on Hour of Code and chose to create a Flappy Game.

Photo Credit: vapour trail Flickr via Compfight cc

 Before you create your flappy bird game you must complete a series of puzzles by following the instructions given. In order to move on you must follow the code instructions, it’s actually cool once you get into the swing of things. 

At first, it seemed to overly difficult for me, but after a few days of going back and trying again I started to understand more. I didn’t do a screencast while I went through the puzzles but I did one after and just explained where I had difficulty and how I succeeded in the end…

Here is my screencast shared from Youtube!

Psssssttt… This was my very first screencast, so I hope it’s okay haha!

Here is my Certificate of Completion

 

Overall, I liked the coding exercise it really challenged me, but I did not give up! After all of that I can finally see the bigger picture. I can see why students should be learning to code;

  • it helps to develop important logic and problem-solving skills
  • helps them to better understand the world around them
  • challenge them to think analytically
  • it can also help them with their creativity and creativity expression

For me, I feel that it definitely boosted my digital confidence, and definitely challenged my analytical thinking skills! I would definitely utilize that website in the future, I think my students would benefit from it greatly.

Thats all for now,

Skylar

 

 

 

 

 

Formative Assessment Using Tech-Friendly Tools

 

Mind Map– Photo Credit: Ken Whytock Flickr via Compfight cc

Hello again!

So, in our last ECMP 355 class we discussed “Formative Assessment” and were given a free blog post to write about what we were interested in (ed-tech related). I thought since we were talking about formative assessment and different tools we could utilize using technology… I thought I would further my research, reflect, and talk more about formative assessment using technology…

So…what exactly is formative assessment?

Well, Formative assessment refers to a broad range of approaches that teachers use to manage in-process evaluations.

For example: the students comprehension, there learning needs, and also their academic progress during a lessons, units Etc.

In our last class we explored a lot of web tools we could use for formative assessment, most of them I haven’t heard of, so it was a fun new experience. We played around with a few like pear deck, kahoot, plickers, mentameter, and seesaw to name a few!

Among the many tools we explored I have to say Kahoot was my fave; I think mostly because it was more like a game, it had a little bit of competitiveness, and it really challenged my critical thinking skills ha-ha!

But ultimately, I thought all of these tools were great because they all  really encourage good communication and collaborative skills, they enhance students tech skills, increase their critical thinking skills, and most importantly it assesses them on what they have been learning about in a fun and motivating way!

I thought I would look up more tech-tools that other educators are using, looking at what they used them for, the pros and cons, and how it worked for them!

Take A Look…

I came across an awesome list for the top tech tools for formative assessment on commonsense.org I thought I’d share!

For interactive lessons and videos there is:

Or quizzing, polling, and getting student responses:

For discussion among students:

Of course there are many other tools out there that can be used in the same sense. But I thought i’d share this page for now! If you go to the page and click on either of these tools they will show you the rating they have gotten from other educators, what grades they are recommended for, what skills it gives students, the purpose, pros and cons, how teachers can use it, what its like, and how its good for learning! I thought that was super neat and something I will be definitely utilizing in the future!

Pssst… Another great site nwea.org  (Take Three-55 digital tools and apps for formative assessment success)

Formative Assessment- Photo Credit: Ken Whytock Flickr via Compfight cc

With the mass variety of technology tools out there for teachers, it can definitely be daunting to locate and find the accurate one. Especially when thinking about the appropriateness for you, you’re students, and the School. I found this great article on Edutopia that talks about “Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools”; Thought I’d share! The article talks about formative assessment itself, and then formative assessment using technology. The article also talks about choosing the right tech-friendly tool for your students, how to gather formative assessment data, and how to plan with purpose. I liked the article!

Overall, I think formative assessment using tech-friendly tools is A-mazing! I enjoyed exploring the different tools and getting ideas on how to use them in the future. Definitely wish I used more tech-friendly assessments when I was in my internship!

If I knew then what I know now… 

Anyways, by for now!

Sky

 

A little about me…

Hello All,

My name is Skylar Jack, I am a 27 year old Nakoda woman from Carry The Kettle First Nations (Saskatchewan). I am currently in my last year in the Indigenous Elementary Education program at the First Nations University of Canada.

I currently reside on my home community with my husband and son. We moved back home exactly 1 year ago, after my father in law passed away my husband took over the farm and looking after his dad’s horses. It was tough in the beginning trying to adjust to the country life; coming from the big city… but we got used to it and we now love living in the country. Its quiet and content.

I am familiar with technology and used some form of it inside the classroom but I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and hope I can find new ways on how to bring it to my future classroom. I am excited and looking forward to ECMP 355; With todays generation becoming more and more digitally literate technology I look forward to learning more about technology and how I can bring it inside my classroom.

Pinamiya! (Thank you)

Welcome to FlipGrid!

Hello everyone!

In last weeks class for ECMP 355 we were asked to find an app or tool that we weren’t familiar with, and then to write a blog post about it.

I thought I would go with Flipgrid since it was an online tool I was just exploring. Robbi Keller and I partnered up last blog post and we used Flipgrid, I thought it was cool and this was a great opportunity to talk more about it!

Photo Credit

Flipgrid is a cool web tool that was created and designed by the University of Minnesota LT lab. Its designed to foster students classroom conversation and discussion in a fun, encouraging and interactive way! It allows you to have a video discussion community for your classroom. Flipgrid helps your students to have a voice, and it gets them interacting and engaging with one another.

Below is a quick video of Flipgrid that I got from YouTube

Here are some strengths and weaknesses that I found using Flipgrid…

Strengths:

  • There are definitely a lot of strengths when it comes to using FlipGrid. I find that the short video responses can help to push the students to plan their responses thoughtfully and speak considerately.
  • Students will be very engaged by seeing and hearing their peers responses and vice versa
  • Its fun and very interactive
  • Great way to share ideas
  • Can enhance students critical thinking skills
  • I think Flipgrid can help to motivate freedom of expression and enourage creativity
  • Flip grid also has a good admin system- Teacher can choose security and privacy settings accordingly. Ensuring that it is a closed community and our grid and questions are secure. (Private Community)
  • There is even a moderating grid that will let you privately view videos on the admin site before they are posted to the grid. (so just ensuring that the students are staying on topic and not posting anything inappropriate)
  • I also love that as an admin you can turn social links on to block the students from sharing any of their videos to social media sites. (like FB, Twitter etc.)

Weaknesses:

  • Flipgrid is more for an older crowd, like high school
  • Some students might not have access to a device with a camera
  • Kind of wish the videos could be longer then 90 seconds
  • Another weakness I found while using Flipgrid is that you are limited as to what you can do without purchasing your own classroom

As you can see, I found way more strengths then I did weaknesses while using Flipgrid. I think flipfrid is a great tool; It’s such a good way to interact and engage with your students. If all your students have access to a device with a camera I think it would be a great web tool to utilize. I would totally recumbent FLIPGRID! 🙂

Until next time!

Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging Inside The Classroom

Hello Bloggers!

For our ECMP 355 class we have been ask to group/partner up and create a two-part blog post/video of a conversation responding to a specific online resource/tool.

I have partnered up with Robbie Keller, and we decided to talk about Blogging inside the classroom.

I created a topic on Flipgrid “Blogging inside the Classroom” and we responded to each other by video. Robbie played the role “concerned parent” and I responded as the “Teacher”.

Blogging in the Classroom

Robbi played the role “concerned parent” I did my best to transcribe her video.

Robbi Keller– Concerned Parent

“Well, I will start by responding with my concerns as a parent, um with the blogging in the classroom. My first thing is that I am worried about my kids privacy… um how public is their blog going to be? Are their any controls and privacy setting that we could follow up on so that my child is not exposed to online predators? Um with the horrific story of Amanda Todd a couple years ago I don’t want something like that happening to my kid. Um another thing that I am really worried about that everything is public and if my kid is anything like me sometimes she says stuff that she doesn’t mean and just kinds of comes out; and it might be irrelevant, it might be mean, it might be funny, or it might be inappropriate. I really don’t want my child to make mistakes that will follow them for the rest of their lives. For example Justine Sacco where her one tweet that she thought was funny ruined her life, she had to change her name, she got fired from her job and I don’t want that kind of thing following my child. Another thing is, is blogging really necessary? Do you have the time to put the effort in to monitoring their blogs or is it just another tech fad?”

Blogging inside the Classroom”Robbis main concerns about blogging in the classroom were.

  • Privacy, safety, and control settings:  will be her child be safe and protected from possible predators?
  • Everything is public: the potential of her child writing something that could hurt them down the road.
  • “Blogging in the classroom” is in neccessary?
  • or is this just another Tech fad

The main points of my response as the “teacher” were:

  • The importance of privacy and control settings: privacy and control setting are an important part of the teachers job when it comes to blogging online. The teacher must be careful when choosing these options looking out for the safety of their students
  • Educating the students on digital identity: introducing the students to blogging is  good way to educated them on digital citizenship
  • discussing the digital footprint they may be creating
  • Having parents/administrator involved

Unfortunately we only got 1 minute and 30 seconds to respond so I would like to add more to what I had addressed in the video.

  • When it comes to the pros and cons of blogging inside the classroom, I definitely think the pros out way the cons. I also think that it can be the perfect opening for the teacher to educate their students on digital citizenship and the digital footprint that they may be creating. Our students are growing up in a digital world, whether we agree or not they need to be educated on digital citizenship and their digital identity.
  • Obviously privacy and control settings will be an important step for the teacher, the teacher must ensure that they are monitoring students blogs excessively and keeping track of what the students post and who can see it. I think creating a closed community could be key, especially when first introducing blogging to your students. Having parents involved could help as well, having that parent involvement may motivate students learning. 
  • I think that blogging is both student and teacher-centered, they share the focus and interact equally
  • Students will have access to their work anytime, they also will be able to share it with their peers, teacher, and even parents.
  • I think the students will have consistent, purposeful reflection, how to direct their own learning, and completing their tasks independently
  • Students will learn important and collaborative skills

I found video on Primary Tech that I thought I’d share!

With that being said, I think blogging in the class is cool!  I also believe that blogging in the classroom can very beneficial for students and teacher. As long as we are educating our students on internet safety and taking the appropriate steps when it comes to privacy settings/controls and  monitoring our students blogs.

Until next time,

Sky