Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fun Cultural Study Blogger Project

It's the December Holiday Break and I'm thinking about different ways a blog could be used in the classroom. After mulling through "Pinterest Holiday Recipes" a brainstorm for a blog project evolved. Why not create a classroom recipe blog? It is one small way of providing an authentic writing experienced to be shared with the world. 

Wouldn't it be fun if two classrooms from totally different parts of the world shared a "Recipe Blog"? The student's would have an authentic opportunity to learn about each others culture by sharing the foods they eat. Both classrooms would have the opportunity to post recipes and use the comment area to ask and answer questions. 

They can share photos of the foods along with family traditions. One tradition my family does is we like to grill our hamburgers and mainly eat them during the late spring and summer due to the warmer weather. Have you ever wondered what other families around the world eat and why?
  •                                                                    bbq picnic by jridener

How Would this Project Benefit Students?

  1. Due to maintaining a recipe blog students may have opportunities to learn about places and cultures they never heard of.
  2. This provides an engaging reason for students to write beyond daily classroom activities.
  3. Students will learn the challenges of communicating and collaborating due to global linguistic issues.
  4. The students will be presented with an authentic opportunity to practice digital citizenship beyond the walls of the classroom.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Oh! Teacher Where Did the Classroom Blog Go???

Sometimes students may need to relearn some simple steps like finding their blog in a new dashboard. Moments like this aren't unusual when integrating technology. The "Digital World" is forever moving forward and sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with the changes. Recently Blogger updated it's dashboard and this "Simple" changed confused many users.

So when your student says, "Teacher Where Did the Classroom Blog Go?" You can respond with it is still there. Just follow these directions to find the blog.

  1. Sign into your Blogger Dashboard
  2. Click the down arrow next to the title
  3. Select the blog from the dropdown list
Yup! It really is easy as all that!