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Recently, a friend called me with concerns about her daughter's disinterest in the writing she was doing in school. Like many parents, she has fears about writing skills and what this might mean for her child's future. Most of our conversation was spent alleviating those concerns. We spoke about the various writing practices that youth engage with in our current culture and I assured her that the...
by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: As we mentioned in our overview, we see blogging as an opportunity for students to reflect or explore their personal interests through writing. The blogging that students do stands outside of the academic sphere, which provides them with a space that they are in control of and that they own. This space allows students to take on their own...
by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: We ground our thinking of connective writing, as defined by Will Richardson, as the ability to publish in a variety of media with the intention of connecting and sharing it with others who have an interest (or passion) in the topic. Blogging concepts all relate to each other, so to reflect the connective nature of blogging concepts we start...
by Sarah Macie Skipwith & Anthony Miranda Overview: Integrating multimodality into a personal blog is not only a key component to individualizing blogs, but it also introduces students to the diversity of expression. At first glance multimodality might seem simple (just embed a video or cool series of photos, right?). Not quite. The challenge is to support students as they think about how...
For educators and parents, blogs can be tools for providing their students with relevant, purposeful, and connective writing and learning experiences. For students, blogging can offer new ways of participating in the affinity groups they are active in, or they can provide opportunities to discover and experience entirely new ones.