Not being 1:1 in my classroom since October has really slowed down my plans for student projects this school year. It may just be my own personal bias or train of thought that slowed things down, but things slowed down nonetheless. I felt it was too complex and cumbersome to require students to access and work regularly on projects without dedicated daily access to 1:1 technology. The students still have completed group projects, but many of the mundane things I wanted them to do have fallen to the wayside.
At long last, my Freshmen are finally personalizing their individual blogs. I made it an assignment for them to personalize their blogs’ theme, add widgets, pages, and other such things. There are restrictions to the personalization process, everything must be appropriate for school and relevant in some way. I want them to begin using the blogs outside of the classroom…I will still award points for bog posts, but I want them to start CREATING THEIR OWN IDEAS….and then publishing those ideas on the Internet. My Freshmen are in my civics class and what is more civic than contributing positively to the social discourse.
I will still have final approval before posts go public, it is one safeguard I am not comfortable relinquishing at this time. I do not know if many, or any students will blog on their own outside of class, but I hope they do.