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Steve Ransom

Kidblog in Action! Classroom Q&A With Kindergarten Teacher Sharon Davison | Kidblog - 19 views

  • I use a variety of technologies that help to engage, enhance, and inspire children to want to pursue their ideas. I have found that once you are inspired to learn, you learn how to learn through your ideas about what you understand.
  • Developing Relationships/Making Connections. I have used Kidblog prior to kindergarten even starting! I set up an account each year and email directions on “How To” blog with a rationale about why, etc. My new students and their families begin in the summer before they begin kindergarten! They post photographs of things they are doing. Then others who are new also to kindergarten begin to post comments on their posts and introduce themselves! A lot of rationale has happened BEFORE we even begin kindergarten and BEFORE we meet face to face! One year one of my kindergarten students wrote, “Only 2 more sleeps until kindergarten.” This is so great! It reflects a beginning of an understanding about how rationale is used to communicate and meet new friends in a safe way.
  • Kidblog hasn’t changed how I approach the writing process, but rather it has helped me to showcase and enhance the writing that my students are doing. Through blogging, my students experience the same things they experience when writing on paper. They use inventive print, leave spaces in between their words, use periods to end their thoughts, and of course they check their sentences for meaning. This is HUGE. Young children are beginning to re- read and reflect about what they understand and THEN they are able to make changes/edit.
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  • Through blogging my students have lots of opportunities to share what they are doing inside and outside of kindergarten. This is important because it is through our discoveries and explorations that we are able to share, connect and collaborate with others. Through these connections my students are motivated to blog and share what they are blogging about. Just by sharing their blog independently on our SMARTboard my students make connections about what they see and hear. They all want to share their blog posts! It is very empowering to read your ideas and share your work when you have a safe and kind environment to do so. The children support each other and their ideas. Kidblog has been wonderful for supporting and creating a positive blogging culture. I have never had a student not want to share their blog. How great is this? It helps build self-esteem too!
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    Wonderful examples and clarity of purpose that his teacher is able to communicate.
Steve Ransom

Dear parents… « Danielle's blog - 17 views

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    A letter/blog post to parents on why a teacher blogs...
Tom McHale

Five Reasons to Use Wordle in the Classroom by Terry Freedman - 0 views

  • One of the unfortunate consequences of this is that a lot of teachers I've met do not feel that they have the time to be creative or innovative, in case it affects their reaching of the targets. Personally I disagree with them. I have always taken the view that if you teach in a way that gets the kids excited, enthusiastic and educated (in a broad sense), the targets will look after themselves. But the important thing is that they believe they have to pound away at the targets, in spite of their real desires and aspirations.
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    Ideas/rationale for using Wordle in the rationale
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