Tag: Connecting Classrooms

Teaching Digital Citizenship by Giving Students a Voice

Teaching Digital Citizenship by Giving Students a Voice

Blogging, without question, is one of the most powerful ways to communicate in the 21st century. It is an amazing tool, used to empower our students. However, with this ability to widely share voices comes the threat of misuse. Our students need to be aware, fully understanding how and why to use the technology appropriately.

Blogging, without question, is one of the most powerful ways to communicate in the 21st century. It is an amazing tool, used to empower our students. However, with this ability to widely share voices comes the threat of misuse. Our students need to be aware, fully understanding how and why to use the technology appropriately.... read more

Moving Literature Discussions Online

Moving Literature Discussions Online

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students... read more

Connecting with an Audience

Connecting with an Audience

Creating an audience for students helps them to discover that writing is not just fulfilling a class assignment—it can be a tool for thinking, a means to connect with readers, and a way to understand ourselves and others.

Creating an audience for students helps them to discover that writing is not just fulfilling a class assignment—it can be a tool for thinking, a means to connect with readers, and a way to understand ourselves and others.... read more

Teaching Digital Citizenship

Teaching Digital Citizenship

I teach my students that when they comment on another student’s post, it should be as if the other student is present in our classroom. Too often, for both children and adults, it is far too easy to be unnecessarily critical and harsh with semi-anonymity online than it would be in a face-to-face encounter.

I teach my students that when they comment on another student’s post, it should be as if the other student is present in our classroom. Too often, for both children and adults, it is far too easy to be unnecessarily critical and harsh with semi-anonymity online than it would be in a face-to-face encounter. ... read more

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,... read more

Authors’ Comments Offer Fame to Students

Authors’ Comments Offer Fame to Students

In our family, when you get your picture in the local paper or you are mentioned in an article, we say you are famous.  There is a satisfaction that comes from being famous, a pride in one’s self that feeds your confidence and self-worth.  In some small way, your head rides a little higher.  

In our family, when you get your picture in the local paper or you are mentioned in an article, we say you are famous.  There is a satisfaction that comes from being famous, a pride in one’s self that feeds your confidence and self-worth.  In some small way, your head rides a little higher.  ... read more

Writing for a Global Audience

Writing for a Global Audience

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,... read more