The creation of technology has greatly impacted the culture of education. As educators, we must continue to adapt with the ever pressing wave of new technology to ensure that our students are prepared for their future. By participating in the blog communities and taking a roll within various education communities online, it can only benefit ourselves and our students.
Within my own classroom blogs can and will play a major role in my instruction. Additionally, blogs would serve a purpose for both myself and my students. A blog can allow me to keep a log of my lessons and activities that I use within my room, as well as reflect on the effectiveness of practices (Richardson, 2010). Furthermore, other educators around the globe will have the ability to read and respond to my posts as well. By having the opportunity to receive feedback from other educators and communicate with them, it will only assist me to grow within my profession (Laureate Education, 2015g).
As an educator in the classroom, a blog can assist me in creating a class portal which incorporates an effective means of communication with my students and their families outside of the classroom (Richardson, 2010). When using a blog effectively, an educator can post reminders for tests and assignments. Prior to fully utilizing a class portal, the students would need to be trained and feel comfortable with the site. The best way to do this is to allow students time to familiarize themselves with the site by playing on it (Laureate Education, 2015a). Speaking from previous experience, my students tend to feel better with sites that they have been given time to explore themselves. Once students are comfortable then I can begin to scaffold their learning on blogs by beginning with having them create an RSS to read blogs. Once they have acquired adequate skills within this field, then students can begin to create their own blogs.
Within my area of Social Studies, I teach an Introduction to Sociology course to eleventh and twelfth graders. A blog is a spectacular tool for this level and type of course. Students are continually asked to explain their arguments on controversial topics. Occasionally, it is difficult for students to discuss these topics in class face to face, by having them respond to each other via their blogs they have the time to formulate an articulate responses and look at the topics at hand from others points of view. The best way to initiate this would be to scaffold their learning by introducing them to reading sociological blogs, utilizing the class portal blog and then eventually creating their own and responding to each other (Walker, 2014).
My students are often asked to complete inquiry based learning and are given the opportunity each unit to work with a partner and choose an aspect to complete additional research on and then inform their classmates of their findings. By allowing students to chance to choose their topics I am encompassing the ISTE teacher standards to “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” as well as “designing and developing digital-age learning experiences and assessments” (ISTE, n.d.-a). This incorporates the ISTE “Critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making” standard as well as the “communication and collaboration” standard (ISTE,n.d.-b). Students are asked to use their critical thinking skills to formulate a plan of attack for their research and compile their findings into a culminating project. By incorporating the use of a blog students will be able to collaborate with one another and provide feedback to each other’s research.
Incorporating technology into the classroom is vital for all educators. Technology can be used to collaborate with colleagues, students and families. Strategically using various applications, such as Twitter and Blogs can only benefit ourselves and our students. Scaffolding instruction using these applications peaks student interest and involvement, which in turn contributes to their future success in the course and curriculums across the board.
ISTE. (n.d.-a). ISTE 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
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015a). Making the shift. [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015g). Technology and society [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Walker, G. (2014). The significance of jerome bruner. The International Schools Journal, 33(2), 8-15. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1523933267?accountid=14872