Beyond the Brick: Building a learning community through blogging


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This presentation focused on building a learner-focused school/community partnership by sharing daily stories of learning from students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The session will highlight a blogging project done at a Hilliard elementary school, how it helped strengthen the school/community partnership, and how other schools can easily create a similar project for their learning communities.

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Beyond the Brick: Building a learning community through blogging

  1. 1. Beyond the Bricks Building a learning community through blogging 2013 ILE Ohio Conference
  2. 2. Connecting with the session #ileohio @hhigginbotham
  3. 3. Goals for this session ● Demonstrate an approach for starting a whole- school project ● Demonstrate how blogging can facilitate a learner-centered community ● Demonstrate the need to model effective and responsible use of social media
  4. 4. Resources from session:
  5. 5. #learn365
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  7. 7. Blogging gives us a voice to share our learning.
  8. 8. “In our quest for getting students to do authentic writing, we have at our disposal one of the best ways to do that with blogging.” -John Robinson, “The 21st Century Principal”
  9. 9. "The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been... It’s the reason we're not in the Dark Ages anymore. No matter your position of place in life, it is imperative to create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away." Adora Svitak (at age 13)
  10. 10. Yes, but isn’t this risky?
  11. 11. Ohio Revised Code and Bullying Anti-bullying policies (ORC 3313.666) ● School boards must establish policies prohibiting bullying ● Defined as “any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once”. ■ sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive ■ creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.
  12. 12. Ohio Revised Code and Bullying Keep this in mind: The “reach” of school discipline regarding bullying is limited to actions that occur “on school property, on a school bus, or at school-sponsored events”.
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  14. 14. Cyberbullying Study com/file/d/0B7pbjcf5Ua1kSE0tb0NscDlrc0U/edi t?usp=sharing
  15. 15. Two Approaches to Social Media in Schools “Wait and see”
  16. 16. “Learn with me”
  17. 17. Two Approaches to Social Media in Schools Wait and see Learn with me ● Reactive ● Leaderless ● Adults are absent from the experience ● Fosters a culture of old vs. new ● Allows inexperienced, immature students determine the purpose ● Proactive ● Establishes leaders (students, parents and teachers) ● Learning is transparent ● Fosters a culture of engagement ● Teachers/parents model effective and responsible digital citizenship
  18. 18. Evaluating Digital Citizenship
  19. 19. Teachers need to live the learning lives they expect their students to live.
  20. 20. Relationships matter
  21. 21. “Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.” Rita F. Pierson
  22. 22. Getting started...
  23. 23. Resources from session:
  24. 24. Tools
  25. 25. Take it from me...
  26. 26. Try things out for yourself first.
  27. 27. Build support before you start a big project.
  28. 28. Don’t be afraid to fail.