What if there’s a way to teach your students 21st century Skills, geography, writing, and the fundamentals of technology in a way that’s enjoyable for them AND for you? I know, impossible right? Enter the Student Blogging Challenge.
A recent visit with a colleague who teaches 4th and 5th grade is proof that it can be done – and what they’re doing in their class is pretty impressive. Mrs. Vazquez and her students came across the Student Blogging Challenge and even though they didn’t get started in time to participate officially, they’re using the challenge as an opportunity to get started on their own class blog which can be found here.
Blogging is a great way to teach real-world skills in a real-world environment. “My students are taking this really seriously, because they know that they have readers all over the world. It’s not just the teacher and their classmates who are seeing their work,” said Mrs. Vazquez.
Let your students create work that has a life beyond the classroom, it has the potential to spark a lifelong passion for writing and reading.
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Curiosity is the seed from which everything else grows.
Think about it… How many times have you found yourself curious about something that resulted in exciting and genuine learning? How many times have you learned something you weren’t curious about? See the difference?
If we can allow ourselves the opportunity to feel curios about technology, we’re on the road to doing the same for our students. Check out the TED Talk below where acclaimed educator Ramsay Mussalam talks about the three rules to spark learning: