Recently I happened to pop by 2 lower primary classes (7 to 8 years old) to help out with E Learning lessons in the absence of the IT trainer. These kids already learnt touch typing and basic word processing using Microsoft Word the past few months. Little did I know they have never blog!
I demonstrated how to publish a blog using the school LMS blog module. It is a very basic one based on a supposedly outdated WordPress version. I taught the kids blogging is something like writing a diary online which can be read by everybody. Then I instructed the kids to blog on the topic “My first blog” . Before the end of the lesson, I showcased some nice blogs.
The kids were ecstatic! Frankly, it has been a long while I seen kids so enthusiastic about blogging.
1. Kids love to try new things, especially when it is IT-related.
2. As kids grow older, ‘tried technology’ failed to ignite their learning passion.
3. Teachers play an important role in engaging kids in IT-related activities. They must be constantly updated and get in touch with kids’ learning needs and behaviour.
This article was published last year by my school’s LMS provider, Learning EDvantage. I hope this year I can share my teaching reflections in some form of publication as well
In the midst of organising the first ever blogging competition for my school, I received a couple of emails from pupils.
“I’m not interested in blogs.”
“How to vote?”
Can anyone shed some light on success stories of school blogging competitions? I am feeling a little lost here.