A Rhyme? Why not!
Let’s start out in a rather unconventional way.
Just in case you aren’t familiar, the title of this post is a play on the popular children’s book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff.
Even though the original wasn’t a rhyme, once we got going, we just couldn’t stop.
If you give a student a website, at first, he isn’t going to be sure what to do.
He will start by wanting to decorate it and personalize it too.
He’ll no doubt choose some interesting colors and flashing widgets – making sure he has the most.
Once you go over expectations, you will assign the student to write his first post.
The student will ask, ‘is this for a grade?’, and he will probably groan.
But once he publishes to his new website, he’ll immediately want to pull out his phone.
He’ll post a link to twitter and facebook, out across the interwebs his post will be sent.
He’ll hit refresh in his browser, over and over, just hoping that a visitor has left a comment.
Before long he’ll see the comment notifications show up in his queue.
And an ongoing dialogue between his family, friends, and classmates will certainly continue.
So the next time he learns something new in your class, there won’t be much of a fight.
Before you even get the chance to finish, the student will ask if he can write another post on his website.
This is a companion post to a presentation we gave at iPadpalooza 2015 in Austin, Texas.
We published this post as a reference for those in attendance, but we hope it is also useful for anyone else that may be reading.
Here’s a quick overview of a few of the topics we discussed:
- Giving students websites increases motivation, reflection, and ownership of learning
- A blog is a type of website that includes an RSS feed (subscription) and comments (feedback loop)
- An ePortfolio is a structured blog or website that includes scaffolding for organizing student work
- Publishing on the web is not only ‘the law’, it builds digital citizenship and provides an authentic audience for students
- There are tons of web publishing tools available. WordPress powers 25% of the entire web for a reason.
- Many schools and districts are providing WordPress blog and website networks to every teacher and student.
- No two implementations are the same. Make it your own. But know there are tons of resources available.
And here are all the links that were shared.
Please leave any and all questions you may have below!