Last week I was running a course with the terrific Cherise Duxbury (@Cherise_Duxbury) and Casey Lynchey (@KCLynchey) about raising standards in English with Educational Technology. Amongst many of the things covered on the course is blogging, and its educational benefit!
If the work of the ‘typical’ child in the ‘typical’ classroom is good I do the usual great things, give them a merit, raffle prize, sing their praises to the class, tell their parents, maybe give them a classdojo point etc. If it’s really good I show another member at school or show the headteacher who will also celebrate the child but that’s about it. So at the most with class and other members of staff included the audience is 30-37. However, with a blog your audience can be the whole world! You may be doing a geography topic about Peru and be lucky enough for someone from that country to get in touch! Also with a blog parents could have the opportunity to see a daily, or weekly, record of their child’s writing; as opposed to the parent’s evening flick through.
My understanding of flipped learning is that school work can be done at home, challenges of learning are set to be completed; as opposed to homework worksheets. An example of flipped learning could be when the next area of maths is column addition the homework might be to watch a demonstration video of adding with the formal method, which can be repeatedly viewed until the child feels confident with this. The pupil could then progress to completing some maths questions maybe 3-6 which are set more to secure the knowledge rather than challenge it. This means when Monday arrives every pupil has been at home being the teacher and feels fairly secure with the new topic.
The final area I’ll mention is the idea that with a blog children can continue their learning at home, they can choose to write at home, to be an author in their spare time and to give the world a view of what it’s like to be Joe Blogs in Year? Class. Joe can write an extract of his choosing, or a set of maths questions for people to answer, or share a picture of an amazing film, or place and what he thinks of it.
My final thoughts are simple, blogs are one of the most powerful tools for learning that a teacher can use! Surely any activity where a child is choosing to continue to practise what they have learnt is a good one. If you have a class or personal blog please post it as a comment so I can view and comment the excellent work you do with your children!
Thanks for Reading!