This year I am hoping to get more of my students to participate on a global scale when it comes to collaboration. They were encouraged to participate in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge for enrichment points this fall. I have a number of students who were interested in signing up for the challenge. Since this specific blogging challenge does not really fall within my social studies curriculum I am making participation voluntary for the students. They can do as many or as few assignments as they have time for and are comfortable with.
I am using Edmodo as my online classroom platform, with a group set up specifically for Enrichment Assignments. Each challenge will be rolled out as an optional assignment with in the group. Each week will also have an optional assignment to go out and comment on another students’ blog from the list of participants. The hope is that once students get into the habit of commenting and communicating with others we can expand naturally into collaboration. A list of student participants can be found here.
I will list and link my students’ blogs to a separate page as they begin their journey into global collaboration. I am hoping that the activities give them confidence and interest to become active and responsible digital citizens.