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Week 5: How blogging can be a core part of schools in the Digital Age

Posted by jturner56 on September 9, 2014

This week saw us supporting students to set up their Middle School iFolio blogs. An important step to assist the teaching-learning process through making learning more visible for constructive feedback, formative assessment and learning from each other.

if1This is the latest iteration of a commitment to use blogs to progress learning that dates back to the middle of the last decade within the school and as a research consideration (see here)

What was of particular interest this year was

  1. support from the curriculum leadership at all levels enabling the development of a through-school system of student iFolios (This includes Grade 1 students blogging, which we will return to later on in the year)
  2. the value technical support which saw an xml file being created to speed up menu construction
  3. the increasing opportunities for students to personalise their learning journey while meeting curriculum requirements. This includes personal blogging to further develop digital identity, as well as ideas to extend, through supporting clubs and activities through blogging
  4. the in-classroom support by students to enable a flatter approach to problem-solving and skill development.
  5. teacher and subject support that is crucial to frame learning opportunities

A powerful coming together of key stakeholders to help build and embed a stronger use of technology.

We now look forward to curriculum journeys being constructed that can support better conversations about learning (including with parents), stronger reflections and connections, and wider systems of reporting of learning.

Blogging may not be the only way to achieve this, and Helen Barrett provides a wider research-based consideration, but for us it’s a powerful way.

Week 1: Bridges
Week 2: Busyness
Week 3: Beliefs
Week 4: Building (1) School Community + Digital Learning Ecosystem
Week 5: Blogging (cross posted here)

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