Last year's experiment went really well - 4x published over 500 blogs posts! Over 500 pieces of writing, artistic projects, personal experiences, and you tube videos about raining tacos were shared amongst a growing community of writers and communicators. I couldn't have been prouder. I learned a lot (which I mean to write about in a separate post) and I am really excited to see what this class of students does with the opportunity.
This year's students really took the paper blogging challenge on with gusto (click here for a post on last year's lesson). First we watched a really great video from BrainPop on exactly what blogs are and discussed the purpose of a blog: to share ideas and connect with other people. I explained that paper blogging would let us practice the three roles of blogging (writers, readers, and commenters) offline before we moved online to our KidBlogs. Then students got to work writing their first blog posts on something that they loved.
It was really fun learning more about my kids and the things in their lives that they like and love to do. I think they enjoyed learning more about each other too - an added community building bonus! They added an artistic design and submitted it for "publishing". This year we "published" the paper blogs on lockers. We used post-its for "comments" and everyone was encouraged to make sure they continued the conversation. They actually are going back to read each other's comments, ask questions, answer questions and generally make their paper blogs a really vibrant place for discussion. Some students took the opportunity to redesign their blogs or added updated posts - all really cool ideas that they will be be able to do with their online blogs. The next steps are to transfer these skills online, get used to KidBlog as an app/website, and start sharing, documenting, and reflecting on our work!