We want learners to read, write, think, learn communicate, collaborate, reflect, and revise. We want our learners to receive authentic feedback and have the opportunity to analyze the feedback and revise if needed.
“It is simple! Literacy is about communicating. It is about reading and writing. Blogging is about communicating. It is about reading and writing.” (Warlick, 127 pag.)
We seek lifelong learning as well as opportunities to connect to others. What if a child needs to write and connect with others to show what they know? What if we could reveal a learners strengths by simply allowing the ability to leverage technology to show work and effort at its best?
“When given the opportunity, kids WILL write.
“When they know what they write is not just for a grade, they write.
“When they know that someone cares to listen and respond, they write.
“When they know they are respected as writers and people believe they have something worthy to share, they write.
“When they know their writing is for a real audience, they write.
“When they know they can write to learn, to figure something out, to remember, to connect, to persuade, to reflect, to question, to share, to think, to have fun, they write.” (White, n. pag.)
Warlick, David. Classroom Blogging: A Teacher’s Guide to Blogs, Wikis, & Other Tools That Are Shaping a New Information Landscape. Raleigh, NC: Landmark Project, 2007. Print.
White, Paula. “When Kids Write Because They Want To….” Web log post. Reflections of the TZSTeacher. EduBlogs, 24 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 May 2012. .