July 26, 2007
Part 1: Contextualizing the use of technology
Part 2: Collecting Data + Reviewing theory + Practicing
Part 3: Becoming Autonomous
On December 9th, 2007 we finished Part 1. Participants were aware of the use of blog technology. They can post and comment on the blog, add images, research on the net, include links on the blogs, but they still need adult supervision.
July 15, 2007
We talked about Eva's visit, posted the answers she gave us, posted pictures we took the previous week and wrote a 'thank you note'
We also talked about the “Programa de Leitura para as Férias” (January 2007).
And ... I gave them a questionnaire to be answered at home. Here are the questions I asked:
- What's your opinion about our Pedagogical Blog Project? Why?
- What did you learn how to do here?
- What was difficult to learn? Why?
What was easy to learn? Why?
- What would you like to learn next year?
- Have you got any suggestion?
My views: The group works very well together, they establish roles and each one of them is involved in the process in his/her own way. They do not need my help to use the blog anymore!!! Isn't it great?
- Some of the kids were not familar with searching on the Internet. So, I decided to stop working on the blog for a while and we shared our knowledge about "Internet Searching"
First they visited the following sites:
The kids were familiar with the blog and I had the impression that they know what to do and how to deal with the blog resources. They only feel a bit confused to remember how to post (loging into blogger) and how to comment (without logging into blogger), but that's a matter of time, only.
Kids were great! Even without computers they kept working and made the changes on the paper I brought!!!
July 11, 2007
July 6, 2007
I asked them the following question:
- Do you think you can post only by reading the worksheet instructions? Without my instructions?
They chose the book reviews they wanted to post and started posting. They also decided on some standards they would like to use (Post subject = tittle of the book)
Kids had different computer abilities. Some of them were more digital literate than others. They learned the commands that were necessary to post and used them collaboratively. They shared their knowledge and learned together.
Follow-up work: They had to get into the blog during the week and continue typing theis posts.
Possible problems they may face: Time constraints - kids do not have computer at home, they use the library computer.
I recorded the meeting using my MP3. Recording is good but it's only audio recording.
I also recorded some parts using my Palmtop camera but I have to hold it to record and I can't do both things, record and interact...
And since they are very special readers, they were invited to join this reading/writing project: the blog project!
In the blog, they will write book reviews. The idea is to come up with a blog that can be a reading reference to other readers all over Brazil. To share their reading experiences with other readers.
They were so excited! A bit shy, of course, but really anxious!!
We decided to have two groups. One group would meet on Wednesday mornings and the other would meet on Wednesday afternoons (I would supervise the afternoon group). And we would meet on Saturdays twice a month.
We talked about blogs, their previous knowledge on the subject, and we visited some blogs. In Portuguese, because that's their mother tongue.
- Copa do Mundo
- Pequenotes netescritores
- Eu sou bom em...
- O mundo encantado de Cecília
- Vivendo e aprendendo
- Blog da Vovó
- Pintando o sete
- Let’s Blog!
My views: It's the first time I deal with a pedagogical setting that is not in English. Tha's my professional background. And it's so different from what I usually do. But I like it. I used my palmtop to record our conversation, but when I got home I noticed that the recording is awful. I have to try to find a way of getting a better recording.
I presented my ideas and they were accepted by the people from the Library and the Department of Culture.
Then, I went home and started to think of ways of putting my blog ideas into practice. After testing two blog softwares, I decided to use http://www.blogger.com. It's certainly more user friendly.
I'm pretty anxious about our first meeting next week.
http://docs.google.com/View.aspx?docID=ah992shx3cjb_0hg78m5&revision=_latest (that´s not a blog, the student used docs.google.com)
I had the impression (it's not scientific, but personal feelings) that they were inspired by the classroom blog, but I didn't have a chance of talking to the students.
I decided to create a class blog, but the students didn't get into the blog idea. This made me compare my 4th grade students blogs and this one. Why was motivation so different? Only because of the age? This made me reflect on the reasons why this was happening. And I think I got to the following conclusion: pedagogical blogs are useful tools when teachers and students are really connected into blogging. And unfortunately this didn't happen because I was only a visiting student.
Have a look at it:
A pedagogical blog that I created for my fourth grade students. This experience was unique. It was the first blogging experience I had. I managed only two of the school blogs:
4th grade A: http://quartaa2006.blogspot.com/
4th grade B: http://quartab2006.blogspot.com/
These blogs helped me find my reserach way at the University. From that experience on I decided to concentrate my MA research on the use of Weblogs in Education.