This is the fifth in our Kidblog Podcast Series which features authentic opinions and experiences of some of our most successful Kidblog users. In this podcast, we teamed up with Ms. Marina Rodriguez and her former student Josefina Medina-Perez to share authentic experiences of teaching and learning through blogs in a dual language classroom with education professionals like you.
What is Dual language blogging?
Marina introduces Josefina, her former student.
Started as a school newspaper but students wanted something more.
Josefina: “There’s no simple way to explain it… it’s like an endless portfolio of writing on the internet”
Marina: “Blogging shrunk the class, and connected all of the kids”
While blogging came with many benefits, Marina also ran into some challenges. One was finding time to write, and it so important to write every single day. It was also difficult finding time to read every single blog, Josefina’s class wrote over 900 blogs.
Inspired by challenges in the classroom. No two days are the same and kids are online every single day.
Born from the challenge of limited access to technology, this after-school writing and blogging club has also increased writing and reading time for both teacher and student.
Many projects are selected by students to promote voice and choice and are executed in both languages. Examples: flipped classroom, poetry, videos, etc.
Josephina discusses how she went beyond learning basic skills by expanding her knowledge of writing through blogging and discovering its purpose. She used to see writing as a “chore”, but after blogging in Marina’s class, she now not only enjoys writing but it has become a passion. “I think about writing so much, it’s something I love to do.”
Marina concludes with her thoughts on how blogging provides her students the opportunity to learn and grow as readers and writers. It helps them develop 21st-century skills, and discover how their writing has meaning and a purpose when offered an audience.
Grace shares information about Marina’s Kidblog Membership details.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media for our next podcast in the series!