I’m very excited to announce that our class blog has been nominated for the prestigious EduBlog Award in the category of Best Class Blog. Please take a moment to vote for our class blog.
The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.
The purpose of the Edublog awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.
It introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.
The term “21st Century student” or “21st Century Classroom” sure gets thrown around a lot. We’re so used to hearing and supporting our pedagogy with it, but have you ever stopped to think about what it really means? There are many qualities that make up a 21st Century student. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning.
The new taxonomy supports the idea that not all learning objectives and outcomes are, nor should be, have equal in value. Effective teachers frequently refer to this taxonomy to design their instruction to emphasize important learned capabilities (more useful for adults in the workforce) rather than, for example, to emphasize memorization of facts (which makes for easier testing).
With expectations of the future workforce and the proliferation of inexpensive and readily available technology, a new and revised taxonomy (2001) emerged. It plays down the consumer-emphasized, single-player-sport idea of “educational objectives” (in Bloom’s original title) and points to a more interactive idea of what an effective curriculum provides.
Notice that “remembering” although certainly a necessary component to learning, sits at the bottom of this pyramid to higher-level thought processes required for true learning to occur.
Even with today’s emphasis on testing, it’s more important than ever to push our students to achieve higher level thinking. What are some ways that can be done today?
So what does all of this mean for you, your classroom and your children? That’s what I’d like to hear from you.
I look forward to your comments.
I’m not going to post too much here, because I want you to read about it on the very cool Secret Life of Scientists site. So, follow some of my students’ work over there and give them some encouragement in their fame by leaving them a comment. Check out my first post about what we’re doing here and the follow-up post here.
We hope you’ll follow our class’ adventures with the Secret Life of Scientists as we explore each new scientist and my new blogging “gig.” Secret Life of Scientists is an amazing website hosted by PBS NOVA where scientists are profiled who also have some very interesting “secret lives.” The current scientist is Molly Woodworth who is not only a neuroscientist but also a CHEERLEADER! How cool is that? You can learn more by watching brief, fun videos about Molly here.
My first post is about our students who are now exploring some ways scientists do their jobs and tools they use. The first question I asked the class was, “What do scientists do?” Their responses (which needed to be spontaneous, with no research) are posted below in the slideshow and will soon be posted on the Secret Life of Scientists site as well.
Check it out!
In the last post, my students just had their first experience commenting on our class blog. I’m so proud of them for following directions carefully and almost all remembered not to include their last names. For those who forgot, I edited their comments before publishing them. That’s the beauty of being the owner of this blog, I get to have that little bit of power. I will be spending some time with the students helping them understand blogging and commenting and how when it’s done with sincerity and thought, can open a whole new global world of conversation that can help them learn from others; not just me.
Soon the students will be writing for this blog and eventually, the students will have their own (moderated) blogs. The students last year really loved having their own blogging space and I’m looking forward to the day when my new students are ready. For so many students and parents, blogging is a brand new experience. If this is new to you, I hope you will take a moment to watch me and Katie explain how we used our blogs last year (see first video below). This is a segment from PalmBreezeCAFE. You can watch PalmBreezeCAFE on Comcast channels 234 and 235 (at 2:00pm and 7:00pm) and the segments are also available on YouTube.
When you are done, please leave a comment telling me what you think about this class blog.
If you are still confused about blogs, watch this: