How can we help novice learners become more expert learners? Canadian educator Peter Skillen has created collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social commenting and into deeper thinking. Here, he shares some of his techniques and invites dialogue.
During Connected Educators Month weâ€™re sharing frontline stories about what it means to be a connected teacher and leader, in the classroom and the school. Each Wednesday weâ€™re featuring several articles by Voices from the Learning Revolution bloggers â€” posts that capture the spirit and immense value of connected professional learning.
THIS WEEK: Skyping across the globe in elementary; building active citizens in high school; leading schools where teachers collaborate and connect; and, in the middle grades, writing and publishing creative works online.
Teachers are hungry for professional learning but their eyes are often bigger than their pocketbooks when it comes to professional conferences in distant cities and pricey online courses. Connected educators can feed themselves, says Becky Bair, who’s not busting the bank this summer but staying home with Twitter and Google Reader.
I have been using my students’ blogs as digital portfolios for several years. By the end of the school year, they reflect each childâ€™s learning in many subject areas from the first weeks of school until the last. In addition to showing the development of our writing skills, we make podcasts of our reading fluency at different points in the school year, and use webtools to show our learning in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and health.