Once I became interested in doing this I started looking around to see if there were other teachers doing the same thing. Here are a few I came across in my brief travels to date. If anyone knows of others, especially those working with kids the age of mine, let me know!
- The Fisch Bowl
This is a “staff development blog for Arapahoe High School teachers exploring constructivism and 21st century learning skills.” While these are high school teachers, they are incredibly creative in using technology in imaginative ways so I find this blog and the linking ones (the different teachers have class blogs too) very worthwhile.
- Tell the Raven
This is a “community writing project for my Grade 4 students in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Raven totem pole stands in the middle of our playground. Our stories go out to the world.” This is one of the fewsites I’ve found where students the age of mine have their own blogs. Their teacher also has a very interesting blog, Borderland.
- A Really Different Place
This teacher has also set up individual blogs for her middle school gifted and talented students. “…. Students will learn to be safe and responsible social networkers. They will understand intellectual property and copyright issues. Students will have the opportunity to write real and relevant content which is viewed by an authentic audience. The content may be original thoughts or stories, comments in response to peers or response to reflection questions posted by teachers as blog entries or threaded discussions…”
This is the blog of a high school English teacher. In a recent post, he wrote, “Originally, I started this blog as an experiment to figure out how to use blogging tools, where they might fit in an English class, and what it feels like to participate in a collective, ongoing dialogue about education. Now I find myself re-focusing and redirecting.”
- 2 Cents Worth David Warlick is clearly a major voice in educational technology these days.
- Bud the Teacher Another really thoughtful high school English teacher.