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January 15, 2008

We are hosting a blogging for educators online workshop and today one of the co-moderators shared this great resource about edublogs with us.

This is a great presentation about blogs and I do suggest it to everyone who is keen on this tool not only as a strategy to enhance learning, but also to create habits of writing and communication.

Konrad Glogowski’s engagement with the students through the use of blogs reflects well what I believe to be an effective way of motivating the learning process and not the result of what is learned, which unfortunately is still what happens quite often due to the strict educational assessment criteria.    

The way Konrad’s set the blogging atmosphere in his classroom, by developing a  warm  conversation tone with his students, just makes my eyes shine. I think that it is important we set clear guidelines about the goals of our sessions and let the intervenients actually come up with the rules which will help them achieve their goals. Also very important is the "listen to" factor. We do live in a society where everyone is much more interested in "talking at" than in "listening to". And for students, having someone who actually listens to them is something they will value and praise. And in the blogsphere the “listen to” activity (by the teacher and by others too) becomes most times evident by the comments which are left on the students’ written productions. Feedback is important. Who doesn’t like to receive a couple of kind words about what you have just done. It makes you smile. It makes you feel well with yourself. And above all, it makes you want to do more and better. And parallel to those comments Konrad also uses feedback sheets where he provides more thorough feedback about the students' individual projects. This is a nice way for students to know how well they are doing and how much better then can still do.

I think the conversational tone is crucial to any (learning) relationship. It brings all parties involved in the learning process closer together. Not only do the students realize the teacher is there to help them, and not to make their lives difficult in the achievement of a better grade, but that learning is actually NOT a journey to me made alone.

WinkThumbs up for immediate feedback, shared responsibility and personalized learning opportunities.


Just thought I should share this here.Embarassed

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