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Two articles came across my desk recently that I thought I would share. The first, is an article about student blogging from 21st Century Connections. It speaks to some of the concerns that staff have had about student blogging being too "schoolish" and offers up a way to engage students and allow them to drive the discussion. What I also liked about the article was the concept of not just getting students to write thoughtfully, but also to use blogs to get students to read critically.

The second article was an interview Daniel Pink conducted with Thomas Friedman on education in a "flat" world. In the interview they discuss the need for a liberal arts education, and both left and right brained instruction. Will Richardson had an interesting video post on the brain from Jill Bolte Taylor that has some good left and right brain information.

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Tim K. said…
The first article is very interesting -- and humbling. As much as I try to avoid it, I fall into the "assigning blogging" camp rather than the "teaching blogging" one. My concern, as always, is time -- I think maybe what I'll do next year is to try and include the first six steps of the process listed there as part of our discussions of the films we watch. Maybe students won't establish and start writing in their blogs until second quarter.
Unknown said…
Tim,
I appreciate your comments. I think we all rushed in this year to get kids going, and we need to be more intentional. Let's hope that this makes it less "schoolish" too!

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