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Thursday, November 17, 2005 

To blog or not to blog???

Let me start our discussion by sharing with you an amazing inservice I recently attended. Alan November was in Winnipeg talking to teachers, administrators, consultants about the importance of teaching students to be independent and resourceful learners. He stressed the fact that students need to know how to use technology, specifically the internet to access massive amounts of knowledge. According to Alan schools are currently using computers as very expensive typewriters and not truly using them to prepare students for the competitive world of work.He also introduced the idea of blogs as a way of students reflecting on what they are learning in school and sharing those reflections with others.Have you heard about Alan November's work? How are you using technology? Let me tell you that I have a lot to learn but it all makes sense.When I was in the classroom, I used to have students use journals as a way of reflecting on their learning. I see this as their next step.What do you think about all this??

I agree that reflection is a very important part of learning. Writing it down is even a better way to really figure out what you know and what is still a puzzle. Sometimes I find that peers ( students to students) can explain things better. Maybe they understand what the hangup is, when to an adult it seems obvious.

Thank you for the comment!

Yes absolutely reflection guides learning but the amazing part about blogging is that students are going home and reviewing lessons using something that is very much a part of their lives: the computer. On top of that in helping one another with a particular question they are like Darren, our math teacher says, rewriting their textbooks, using a language that they understand.
Here at DMCI we are really excited about what students are doing to enhance their learning.

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