Our fifth graders are participating in the October Student Blogging Challenge (SBC) again this year! The SBC promotes students’ writing skills, good digital citizenship, and an opportunity to learn from others. They are very excited to their share ideas and thoughts with students from around the world. And this year, we have connected with some other classes to make that happen. We have connected with two classes in Australia and several classes in the United States. When you visit our class blogs, you will see the connections to the other classes listed under Links or Connections. The first week’s challenge is to introduce your self to others in the challenge and while some of our students are still writing their posts, others have been published. Please visit our three fifth grade blogs to see how we are doing.
Greene’s Fifth grade class on Mondays
Watson’s Fifth grade class on Thursdays
Marotta’s Fifth grade class on Fridays
The fifth graders have begun a unit in the library on blogging. This unit incorporates many skills including typing, adding media, writing (for an authentic audience), editing and revising. Students are learning digital citizenship and awareness of their own digital footprint while blogging as well. As part of writing their posts they learn how to elicit responses from readers and how to comment well on others’ blogs. Also student posts and all comments are moderated before publishing for public viewing to ensure student privacy.
I have the Student Blogging Challenge to thank for this wonderful unit! i came across this blog while researching blogging for my fifth graders and thought it was the perfect opportunity. The challenge lasts for 10 weeks and a new post with activities is published each week. I modify the activities for my classes so we can complete at least one activity in our library class time, though students are encouraged to do more of the activities outside of library if they want to. The first week students chose an avatar and wrote a post about who they are online versus offline as well as interests they have. The next week, which we are still working on, is commenting. Students are learning how to make good comments and the importance of reviewing their work before publishing.
Yesterday, my students had their first comments from Sue Wyatt (or Miss W as she is on the blog), the person who started this blogging challenge over 10 years ago. She took the time to comment on each post of my students, providing valuable feedback and engaging the students in commenting. Having comments for the students to read will excite and motivate them to do more. I am eager to let both classes know they have comments. I was certainly excited to read the comments! Please check out our student blogs at 5M Library Class and 5R Library Class. Perhaps you might even want to leave a comment!