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I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority. 1.
Last week I posted about my first session of Professional Development, Using Google Reader and Pinterest. Be sure to check it out HERE if you missed it! I got such a great response, I decided to make it a weekly thing, Tech Savvy Tuesdays!
Storytelling continues to gain popularity as an educational activity. As it stimulates a deep thinking and basic literacies, it also enhances and enriches the learning experience for student voices. Storytelling is a very powerful way of communicating with our peers and portrays to others who we are and what our own stories are. It also provides an opportunity to connect with a group by creating a shared experience.
One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson , who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting points for their efforts. Digital kits are nothing more than collections of content -- still images, video clips, audio clips, passages of text -- connected to the topic being studied that teachers assemble for their kids before a project even begins. Then, students use the content in digital kits to assemble their final products. What I love the best about using digital kits to structure student projects is that they speed up the process of creating influential visuals. Instead of spending days searching for content, students using preassembled digital kits are freed to think about the topic of study immediately.