Well my Grade 2’s have been blogging for two weeks now and I can happily say the majority of them are loving posting on our class blog.
I must approve every post and comment before it gets posted to our blog, every morning I have students at my desk shouting “Miss Gossard have you checked the blog yet? Can you approve my post? I commented on my friends blogs last night, have you seen it yet?” I love seeing how excited they are to share their posts with their families, each other and the world. So far the students have learned how to find our blog, log in, write a post and comment on a classmates post. It doesn’t sound like much but it has been a lot of work! Luckily I already have some “blogging experts” in the class who are can write a new post independently and are able to help their peers when I am busy helping another student.
On Thursday I will be teaching the students about an app called Draw and Tell HD. This is a story telling app that we will use to create our own addition or subtraction stories using pictures, numbers and our voices. We will create the short video on our school’s ipad’s and then hopefully successfully upload the short clip to each students individual blog. I have my pre intern starting back on Thursday so I purposely chose to teach this new app when I knew I would have an extra hand in my room helping out! I found this app on Kathy Cassidy’s presentation notes page. Here is a quick tutorial video for this app. I love that students can record their drawing and story and narrate their image.
I had lots of successes this past week! My kids are happy, love blogging and they are excited to learn about new apps. In turn, I am happy that they are enjoying the experiences I am guiding them through!
Successes don’t often come with a few challenges along the way. This week I am struggling with time. This is a very busy season for all of us. Report cards are due in two weeks and student led conferences will follow. I am busy with basketball playoffs, catching up on university work, finishing assessments with my students, marking and writing report cards. I know my students are enjoying blogging, but I am struggling as to where I can do my teaching towards these new skills. I already feel I do not have enough time in my school day to teach math, reading and writing most effectively but now I am adding on blogging skills and teaching new apps. I am trying to fit blogging into my ELA time and I have now made blogging a center during guided reading. This works well but it doesn’t give me time to explicitly teach and guide my students through the blogging process like I would like.
I am wondering where other teachers are fitting in your learning projects with your classroom? Maybe there is an outcome (besides writing) that I am missing that this can slide right into!