Digital Literacy Week in Review

The first full week back to school was eventful for this year’s Digital Literacy students.

Students created and shared Animotos and today they started their 20% time blogging project by setting up their WordPress blogs. They’ve selected unique URL’s for their blogs and have been brainstorming topics to write about. They have been exposed to the WordPress dashboard and have learned the difference between a page and a post. We’ve also discussed the type of information that should be shared and the importance of staying safe in the digital world. In addition, they’ve learned that blogging will allow them to become better writers. We’ve been discussing the importance of using proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and word choice. They’ve learned that through blogging they will begin to create a digital reputation which they can be proud of and share with a global audience.

Next week they will write their first post and will learn how to insert images and hyperlinks. We will also discuss Creative Commons and copyright. Students will learn how to tag their posts to increase traffic to their blogs as well as methods to encourage readers to comment and hopefully start a dialogue.

I look forward to sharing links to all of my students’ blogs and sharing their voices with the world. I’m sure they will be impressive!

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Blogging Tips

Remember: your blog allows you to connect to a global audience. Through blogging, you can begin to build a powerful personal learning network (PLN), share your opinions and insights, reflect on your learning, showcase what you create in this course, and demonstrate you are a responsible digital citizen. Eventually, you will be able to engage in meaningful conversations with others in the “blogosphere” and these interactions will contribute to you becoming a self-directed learner. Ideally, my goal is for you to continue blogging, even once this course has ended.

Here are a few tips to remember when creating your blog:

1. Longer doesn’t always mean better. Blogger Seth Godin generally features short posts, yet they are incredibly powerful and thought-provoking

2. Use a creative blog title to ” hook” your reader. Ask a question, use alliteration, a number, or the word student. educators (especially me since I’m your teacher!), administrators, and policy makers are interested in hearing more from students; use your blog as a place to share your thoughts, opinions, and make your voice heard!

3. Use an image from Creative Commons and be sure to give attribution to the owner of the work. Better yet, use your own photos and/or create your own images.