Blogging – A Journey

This week’s challenge in the Global2 Challenge is to reflect on blogging in your classroom.  So tonight I took a reflective walk through my class blog and I soon realised the huge journey it has taken since the first post on  27th May 2010;

Welcome to Miss Cashen’s blog.  This site will allow you to have all of the wonderful things we do at school at your fingertips – literally!  All of the websites, activities and examples of our work will appear on here.  So whether you are at home on your netbook or at school in class, you can find all of those wonderful links to work we are doing.


I first began our blog after coming across Kathleen Morris’ class blog and felt that it would be a great tool to bring different links together in one place.   It was to be the perfect place to collate what we were working on in class.  So 15 months ago that is what I did and boy has it grown!

As I had planned I filled the side bars with links we were using in the class, sorting these into different groups and then using the posts to share the work we had been doing.  But the more I used the blog and saw what other’s were doing on theirs, the more I could see the amazing learning opportunities within blogging.

Soon we began to look at how to write a good comment and the power of leaving questions for readers in our posts.  And of course the joy of seeing blogging as a reciprocal community where leaving a comment on another blog can earn you a visit in return.

Then we delved into HTML, something I had no idea about before blogging.  But this opened the world for the plethora of Web 2.0 tools available to assist in learning.

As the excitement of our first global visitor to leave a comment enthused us, we began to focus on how to write a good post and to look at the blogs we were reading in an evaluative way, learning more about writing a quality post.

Our class blog has not only taught us to be better digital citizens but has given us an opportunity to respond to what we are reading and to write for an authentic audience.

If you were to look at our class blog now you may be thinking we hardly post on it but in fact this is because we have been busy setting up student blogs. Our journey is now about writing posts to interest our readers and build readership.  Now we can look even more closely at the community we participate in as bloggers.

I look forward to the next chapter of our blogging journey.

2 thoughts on “Blogging – A Journey”

  1. Hi Mel,
    Congratulations on all the work you have done on your class blog since starting over a year ago. It is great to hear that your students are now blogging and that you have learnt the benefits of an authentic audience. Are you using the Ultranet or global2 for your student blogs?
    I noticed you have linked to my Technoscience blog, which I now use as my professional blog for reflecting on teaching and learning and for sharing web2.0 tools that I find useful in middle years classrooms. My class blog is at Technoscience Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Britt,

      Thanks for your comment. IT is hard to believe how far my blogging experience has come. But it is such an inspiring community to be part of. I love having blogs like yours that I can read, learn and get ideas from.

      I have been using both the Ultranet blogs and the Global2 blogs. We use the Ultranet ones mainly for reflecting specifically on our learning, knowing that it is a conversation between the student, their parent and myself. The Global2 blogs are for what we want to share globally and will hopefully be used for building a network.

      I am off to check out your class blog now. Thanks
      Mel

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