July #globalclassroom chat reflections: “Blogging as a Vehicle for Global Inquiry”

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It is hard to believe that the #globalclassroom chat is over for July. This month, I had the incredible opportunity to moderate a discussion around the power of “Blogging as a Vehicle for Global Inquiry”. This was a BONUS month for me, though. Since I am currently on summer break, I actually had the privilege of taking part in TWO of the three chats that are offered monthly in order to include as many time zones and people around the globe.

It was interesting for me to see how diverse these two chats were. Diverse as a result of the participants. Diverse because of the personal experiences and interests that each of these chat participants brought to the conversation. This is a GOOD thing. We learn not because of our similarities but because of our differences. Together we truly ARE stronger.

While the topic was intended to explore blogging as a form of enriching and deepening one’s Global Citizenship Inquiries within the classroom, rich conversations arose through the participants’ varied uses of classroom blogging. Some used blogging as a way of enhancing the writing process, much like electronic journal entries. Others used it as a way of sharing learning discoveries after Skype experiences. Some used their blogs as a way of communicating various learning experiences through a wide array of curricular areas. Blogging, for others, was a way of sharing a very specific inquiry journey with their global audience.

Regardless of how blogging is handled, from one classroom to another, a classroom blog can have the great potential to flatten the walls of a classroom:

A blog can be as INTERACTIVE with a global audience as you choose to allow it to become. Depending on the purpose of one’s class blog, a rich learning potential arises when you begin to interact meaningfully with the global audience through comments left on your blog. As Mary Ann Reilly so succinctly puts this in the tweet above, a blog can only truly flatten the classroom walls, can only TRULY create meaningful global connections when there is a “push and a pull in play”. Attracting readers, “reeling them in” so that a relationship is cultivated, is achieved by responding thoughtfully to each and every comment left behind by your readers.

One thing is certain: the harder you work to include your global readers, by asking questions, responding to their comments and reeling them in by asking MORE questions, deeper learning will occur for you, your students AND your readers. Ross Mannell has certainly reinforced this for me on SO many levels.

A global inquiry shared through blogging has the ability to be woven into many curricular areas. Again, it is a matter of looking for opportunities to pull in math, science, social studies and literacy potential:

This is one very powerful way of helping to deal with the many student learner outcomes which must be addressed with your students during the course of the year as well as with the time constraints we all feel daily.

I feel blessed to be a part of the #globalclassroom community. This PLN pushes me, inspires me and helps to enrich my practice. I love that these chats are archived because so many amazing resources are shared during these discussions. Global connections are made:

What a lovely way of staying current, connected and inspired. What a beautiful way to deepen meaningful learning for our students. The #globalclassroom chat schedule is written in indelible ink upon my calendar …it has become a necessary part of my learning journey.

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4 thoughts on “July #globalclassroom chat reflections: “Blogging as a Vehicle for Global Inquiry”

  1. Hi Laurie,
    Thank you for the unexpected mention in this post. I found the #globalclassroom session quite interesting. My perspective was more as a blog commenter rather than a class teacher.
    No surprise I was commenting on a class blog just before checking to see the latest tweets. In this case, two children shared some limericks they had written. I couldn’t resist adding a limerick in my comment for them. 🙂
    @RossMannell
    Teacher, NSW, Australia

    Here is a link to their post, although at the time of typing this it was early hours for UK and my comment awaits approval. 🙂
    http://constable.primaryblogger.co.uk/fun-stuff/my-olympic-limericks-by-amy-and-april/#comment-2001

  2. Good morning, Ross!

    This feels like “old times”! I LOVE it!

    I have learned so much through the #globalclassroom chats and am grateful to have found them through twitter! Since this was my first year actually using a blog with a classroom, I really wasn’t certain how the interplay between readers and writers would unfold. This experience, with my Grade Threes, really clarified the power of a “global audience” for all of us. You, in particular, really pushed our thinking forward with your incredible extended comments that ALWAYS got us thinking!

    Argh. Being the first time I’ve published a post through this Global Classroom Blog, I’m not certain of all it’s ins and outs yet. My draft and the one I previewed on my own blog showed the comment stream as actual twitter boxes, with the previous comment and response shown, which helped to clarify your journey with us as a visitor who left comments that truly illustrated the power of global connections. I have to talk to @mgraffin to see if he knows the secret to maintaining the draft format I see into the published version! 🙂

    I can’t wait to check out the limericks you’ve left for that lucky class. Ross, you inspire me!

    Laurie 🙂

  3. So sorry I missed the chat at the beginning of the week! I LOVE the interactions, great ideas, and excitement that comes with these chats. Yes, it really is exciting! Having been a blogger for only a few years, the writing has truly changed in my room. There is purpose and meaning. There is an authentic audience. There are responses! Those are the best and they inspire my students to write more. My students use Blogger and Kidblog and I’ve been happy with both platforms.

    Thank you for writing this great post! Sorry to miss but I know there will be more to come.

    Theresa
    http://techcsrn.edublogs.org
    http://csrncomputers.blogspot.com
    http://kidblog.org/5thGradeAllenComputers/
    http://kidblog.org/Classof201610

    • Hi Theresa!

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment! You’re right – I love the connections that are made during these #globalclassroom chats! I am grateful that they are archived because this month, after participating in two of these chats, I’ve discovered that they can be so varied even when the topic and questions are essentially the same for the chat of the month. The participants bring their own experiences and questions to the table and it truly enriches the experience!

      You are right – there will be more to come! I will look forward to learning with you during the August chat!

      Laurie 🙂

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