Student Led Blogging

Student Led Blogging
Time Frame:
1 semester; can be modified to last over year or years, as students build on and grow their journey of discovery
Students identify an area of interest they can connect to ( Through student and teacher facilitated discussion, students explore their topic of interest, documenting their journey on a blog they have created and designed to reflect who they are, as a learner.
In class and through a range of media, students move between the learning roles of consumer, contributor, reflector, reviser, producer and editor their own work, as well as the work of others. They engage as questioners, critical thinkers and problem-solvers. As they work to discover more about their interest, students share insights gleaned from their experiences with strategies, resources and media.
1) Create class blog; (we used edublogs)
2) Create student accounts:
3) Create class Diigo:
4) Create class Twitter:

5) Engage students in developing clear expectations of learning community, including:
  • Peer Discussion
  • Personal Effort
  • Peer feedback & questioning
  • Community conversations
  • Levels of engagement locally & globally
  • Disagreeing or pushing back politely
  • Listening to & building on the ideas of others
  • Staying "connected" to our community
    • which links should be on everyone's blog ?
    • what should be included in everyone's blog roll?
    • sharing & posting insights & strategies gleaned from individual experience w/ resources & media

Throughout the semester, students are called to reflect and share their discoveries, wrong turns, new questions and resources, as well as engage in small and large group discussions about:
  • Individual, Colllaborative & Collective roles
    • questioners
    • critical thinkers
    • consumers
    • contributors
    • problem-solvers
    • reflectors
    • revisers
    • producers
    • editors
  • Research & documentation strategies
  • Ideas for probing deeper and asking stronger questions
  • Strategies for connecting with experts related to their topic/interest - locally and globally
  • Evaluating resources & strategies for content & purpose:
    • Skype, Twitter, Internet, Diigo, Facebook, LinkedIn for connecting w experts
    • Web literacy
    • Information literacy
  • Mining Information
    • what's relevant to me? my peers? the world?
  • Sharing their thinking with the world
    • tool flexibility
    • digital fluency
  • Building a personal learning network:
    • what are my strengths as a learner?
    • what are my challenges?
    • who do I need in my network?
    • who do I want to learn with & from?
    • who do I want to learn from me?
  • Techniques & resources for curating information (Diigo, Twitter)
  • Strategies & resources for developing personal library of learning resources, including drawing from & contributing to the class Diigo library
  • Strategies for collaborating with a wider range of peers and experts
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
How will you assess the students learning?
All assessments were done through student created rubrics


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