Two weeks into student blogging with Edublogs and I’m loving it!
More importantly, my students seem to be loving it.
I have 100+ kids set up with their own blogs and have had them use them for reflection on learning, reflection on products, and as a place to do written summaries of internet research.
I have been leaving them constructive comments which they’ve been using to revise their work. I definitely have seen much more willingness to revise electronic work than with paper work. I have also seen improvement in their ability to explain and justify their learning. All of this has been very exciting.
The next step is to get them leaving comments for each other. I also hope to drive traffic to their blogs so that they are receiving feedback from people outside the classroom.
Ultimately, I see the students’ blogs as a way to create reflective ePortfolios. I will have them document and reflect on all major projects/ products. This process will have many benefits.
Publishing their work to the web also helps to provide more application of their work for an audience outside of the classroom.
Families will be able to easily access samples of their students’ work. They will even be able to provide their own feedback!
Most importantly, students are reflecting on their own work. They are explaining their learning. I am challenging them to use their reflections as a way to prove that they learned what they said they did. This has had the added benefit of forcing them to review content and skills. It also if forcing them to practice the critical skill of supporting their statements with evidence.
Overall, the first few weeks of facilitating student blogging in science has been very positive. I anticipate that it will only get better!