Monday, 3 March 2008

Students and 'Blogtalk'

Questions around engaging students in blogging through commenting and responding to others is a challenge and has frequently been raised in posts here…with some great examples in NZ schools being shared in this blog. I picked this post up off my aggregator while catching up on some reading this weekend.

From Konrad Glogowski, the blog of proximal development. His latest post shares some interesting strategies he is exploring with his students around their participation and response to their learning within a wider community of learners, including peers and teachers.

“It’s not enough to know how to grow a blog, to pick a topic and keep contributing to one’s blog. Our students must also be aware of the class communities in which they learn”(Glogowski, 2008).

We often hear how peer pressure in social networking sites has resulted in negative implications. While todays' students have been labeled 'digital natives' I also wonder if in doing so we make an assumption that along with understanding how to access and use the technology, students also have an innate ability to participate with empathy and understanding in a digital environment? (I am sure we don't make these assumptions F2F). I was particularly interested to read how Konrad has harnessed the power of the learning community to support student learning. He is (like many NZ teachers) providing his students with opportunities and positive role models of what it means to ‘relate to others’ in an online environment.

Would be interested to read your thoughts on his post. If you leave a comment on Konrad’s blog please add a link to it in the comments here too.

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