I know that this is late but I want to write anyways (I could always afford to brush up on my blogging skills), especially since I already began blogging with some of my 5th and 6th grade students!! I got so excited last week after creating my own blog that I thought this would be a great thing to introduce to some of my older students at the beginning of the year. That way, I can use it as a form of reflection/sharing of ideas among classmates to address different projects or activities that we’ve done in the library. I decided to use Kid Blog, which is very simple to use and maintain for me and my students and as the blog editor you are able to view all posts and comments of your students and delete if you feel necessary. I used the video that was shown to all of us for Thing 1, “Blogs in Plain English” to introduce what blogging is to the students and gave them some time to explore their own blogs. This first class was a self contained 6th grade class, one that has been quite challenging this year behaviorally, but I found that even the most disruptive students from that class were really interested in this. Later that day, the teacher came in to ask me if I could sign him up on the same blog so he could participate with his students. He also mentioned that the remainder of the day, they were asking if they could get back on their blogs and start writing. Felt like a big win for me that day 🙂
Anyways, Sunday night I locked myself in my bedroom with only my laptop and spent over two hours creating a Twitter account (although I have not yet tweeted) and looking over information found on the recommended hashtags. HOLY MOLY! I started a list of everything that I wanted to go back to and learn more about it, and the online resources I wanted to use in the library or send to my staff. I most definitely see the educational benefit in Twitter and plan on using it more on a regular basis (I see an addiction coming along). It is a great place to share new ideas and resources with those working in the same profession as you. I can officially be that cool librarian that says to my students when they ask “Oh ya, I tweet!”. Thanks for this cool tool!