Week 2 Module 2 – Utilizing Blogs in the Classroom

WK2 Module 2 Blog post

I currently teach high school foreign language and AP program. Junior and senior students are more independent then freshman and sophomore students in high school.  I use a different way and different technology tool to teach them because they have different needs. Dr. David Thornburg (2010) states in Technology and Society that all of these tools can possibly be used to increase learning. I did not use blog in the class yet, but after I read and learned from our materials in Blogs, Wikis, podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms; I found that blog incorporates many 21st century skills to provide students’ need now and future. I am motivated to begin using blogs with my students in my classroom; and both students and I will utilize this tool to increase learning, to post our thinking and responses.

I never thought to use social media tools as a learning tool in the classroom. I do lots of emailing with students and parents, because of the school’s policy, there is no contact with students via social media. However, there are many ways you can use a blog in the classroom after I read this week’s reading materials and I realized that when teacher uses in the right way with these tools, these tools can have profound effects on our students to prepare them for the 21st century real world in the future.

As Garrett Wigg (2013) stated there would be issues to overcome like privacy and internet safety, but after consultation with school administration, blogging would be an asset to the class curriculum. Teachers through use of blogs activity engages students and motivates them to work hard. In Spotlight on Technology: Blogging in the Classroom, it was a pointed out that students do not want to post their work that is poorly done at the risk of classmates seeing their work. Therefore, they will be more apt to check errors before posting. I attempting to start a blog in my class. We read a couple blogs posted on AP program and on ACTFL blog; that these blogs help students to understand AP test rules and test format, and to know ACTFL foreign language’s standards. These blogs help students not only understanding what they should know, but also helps students fully participate in reading blog postings. I also posted other foreign language articles on blog to help students increase their reading ability and writing skills; students posted their response to each other their opinions after reading blogging. These bloggings met International Society for Technology (ISTE, 2015) Students Standard Two: Communication and Collaboration by communicating information and ideas effectively by using a variety of media, and develop cultural understanding and awareness. These bloggings also met ISET (2015) Students Standard Four: Critical thinking problem solving and decision making by using multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.  I am sure that these blogs would meet ISTE (2015) teacher Standard One: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity to promote support and model creative and innovative thinking, engage students in exploring real world issues, and promote student reflection. Also meet ISTE (2015) Teacher Standard Three: Model Digital Age Work and Learning by demonstrating fluency in technology system and transfer current knowledge to new technologies and situations. As educators have to responsibility to make sure the lessons we create allow for students to practice the 21st century skills they need through learning experiences and lessons to use of technology proficiencies.

References

Laureate Education (Producer),(2010). Spotlight on technology: Blogging in the classroom [Video file]. In Understanding the impact of technology on education, work and society. 

Retrieved from http://class.waldenu.edu/

Laureate Education (producer). (2010). Technology and society [Video file]. In Understanding the impact of technology on education, work and society. Retrieved from http:// class.waldenu.edu/

ISTE. (n.d.-a) Standards for students. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students

ISTE. (n.d.-b) Standards for teachers. Retrieved November 5, 2015, from http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-teachers

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd

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Wigg, G. (2013). Twitter Or: how I’m learning that social media is my friend. Practically, Primary, 18(3),34-35

 

Technology is constantly growing and improving to make us rapidly move further into the 21st Century. High technology changed our life, thinking, and impacted the whole world. We rely on technology and cannot escape it. Since technology is part of life and impacts our education, work, and society we must adapt. If we cannot quickly master technology and rely on our students’ technology skills, then we are outdated and even miss the boat.