All of my first graders’ eyes are glued to the Smartboard in our classroom whenever we take the time to read our blog comments. Their eyes shine as they read or hear a comment that has been written just for them. The fact that someone they care about or someone we will never meet took the time to type a message to their class or to their personal blog has a big impact on them.
Ann Michaelsen offers evidence from her own Norwegian classroom about the learning effects of student blogging and tweeting. You’ll find quotes from the kids, exciting news about the EduBlog Awards, and some excellent tips on using WebNotes and Twitter to quickly review and comment on student blog content.
Our netbooks pilot has set us on a path toward a 1 to 1 networked environment in our high school. In our next step, we’re expanding the group to include a Theology teacher and a Spanish teacher. Our first trial runs are teaching us something both about the challenges of 1-to-1 implementation and the powerful learning that can occur when classrooms become connected. (Includes video with student comments)