One of my favorite sessions from RSCON3 this summer featured blogging with students by Pernille Ripp. Having only joined the blogosphere a few short months ago, I am by no means an expert, but I am enthusiastic and completely enamored with the conversation of blogging. It didn't take much to convince me and by the end of Pernille's session, I was committed to blogging with my students.
Anticipation does wonders for motivation. My students have been learning about blogs, commenting, reading other student blogs, and posting to our class blog all in the efforts of earning their (drumroll please)... License to Blog. For a third grader, this is a big deal.
The big reveal was pretty low-key, my post to our class blog congratulating them on earning their license, was displayed on the screen. But their reaction was priceless with shouts of joy, big smiles, jumping up and down, and the "yes!" fist-punches in the air. I just about had tears of joy in my eyes. It is elementary school, so I did make them an actual paper license (link to template coming soon!) which only added to their excitement.
I had my own moment of excitement tonight about my budding blog authors when I tweeted their first posts with #comments4kids and we had comments in a matter of minutes. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to those of you who take the time to comment on kids' blogs. And yes, I fist-punched the air and did my "this is why I love Twitter" dance of joy.
Enthusiasm is contagious. See for yourself in these new blog authors.