1. to create a collection of their best work
2. to create an awesome online self
3. to improve their digital literacy
4. to share with an authentic audience
5. to meet the learning outcomes of our curriculum
I have shared workshops on the topic, worked with colleagues to help them create their own blog or get their classes started on blogging, and most recently, began working with the English department at Oak Bay High School on creating a blogging scope and sequence for all students in our school. Our vision is that grade nine students will create a wordpress space that they can nurture over their high school years that will become a cross-curricular reflection of their learning that they can then share as they move on in to their future endeavours.
A recent piece by David Stuart Jr resonates with me for number of reasons. He leans on the work of Dr. Angela Duckworth (I am a BIG fan- see here) and the notion that natural talent does not automatically yield achievement. Duckworth’s theory is that talent multiplied by effort yields skill, and that skill, multiplied by effort, yields achievement. And yes, David makes a great connection to blogging. Have a read here.
The past month I had my bucket filled by a colleague at an elementary school in our district named Siobhan Kivell. Siobhan had attended a blogging workshop I provided at the Victoria GAFE Summit and returned to her learners inspired and ready to break ground in the blogging realm. In her digital reflection (below) we see her grade five class in the moment, creating, sharing, and reflecting on their learning. It is awesome to witness. Kudos to Siobhan and her learners! Have a watch:
I am absolutely thrilled educators are working these rich and meaningful learning opportunities in to their classrooms and the curriculum in the elementary years. When strongly scaffolded, supported, and continued over the years, learners gain a strong grasp of what it means to create an awesome online self. I look forward to one day working with Mrs. Kivell’s students and revamping the scope and sequence we are currently building to meet their exceptional understanding of digital literacy.
Do you blog? Do your learners? Do you have a success story to share? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.