Writing revolution

A revolution is some kind of change that takes place in a relatively short period of time. A writing revolution has happened in my classroom over the last few weeks.

Towards the end of last term I signed my students up at kidblog.org and introduced them to the blog. It uses the same familiar wordpress environment that we see here at edublogs but with most of the bells and whistles removed. Between the time I introduced kidblogs and the end of the holidays 24 posts had been written.

Over the last 4 weeks 135 posts have been written and over 300 comments made on those posts. Some of the comments have come from other people of course – but most are from my students commenting on each others work.

Not only are my students blogging during the school day but they are also blogging ‘out of hours’ – after school, in the evenings, on the weekend.

They are writing voluntarily.

And that, my friends, is a writing revolution!

7 thoughts on “Writing revolution

  • November 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm
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    Congratulations, I agree it is a great site for kids blogs. I do hope they provide a link back url field soon though.

  • November 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm
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    Hi Jo

    Looks like I will have to get my head space around kids blog… My kids are loving blogging this year- they have amazed me as to how disciplined they have been about all the widgets, etc and these now feature more as a reward than a distraction… having said that – I like the simpleness of kids blog when I read them.

    Writing really is being revolutionised for our kids isn’t it? I am absolutely loving it and teachers in my school are beginning to notice and give it all a go as well.

    🙂

  • November 8, 2010 at 6:45 am
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    @Shaun – I agree – would be good for those ‘others’ who comment to be able to provide a link back

    @Claire – one really good aspect is that the kids can see quite clearly who has posted since they last logged in

  • November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm
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    That writing revolution sounds pretty exciting, especially after a day with my Y1 & 2 children, some of whom are still coming to grips with the letter/sound knowledge that needs to be in place. Something to look forward to, when things fall into place for them.

  • November 9, 2010 at 7:45 am
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    That’s wonderful new, Jo. Nothing like a real audience, plus the ease of editing to smooth the writing process. I can’t help feel that it is increasingly stranger to write just for the teachers than it is to write for others. After all, the rest of the world writes for everyone else – why not in school, too? Keep up the fine work!:-)

  • November 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm
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    Hi,

    I’m a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoy your post because it validates what we’ve been learning about, technology’s importance in the classroom (especially blogging). I’m glad to read about a real life success story and I congratulate your class for their hard work.

  • November 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm
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    This is wonderful to hear! It is great that your kids are really getting into writing on their own. I’m sure they appreciate the freedom. It seems like they are in thier own social network! It must be a great feeling knowing that you have assisted in their future writing creativity!
    Carey Dekle
    EMD310
    University of South Alabama

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