If you want to be impressed by an educational blogger, try reading through Darren Kuropatwa's blog, A Difference.
Recently, Darren posted a very comprehensive and detailed overview of blogs and other Web 2.0 technologies he used in his classroom over the past year. It's certainly worth checking out! His students have a a variety of resources on communicating, educating and understanding their subject matter with links to The Prince of Calculand, and Interactive math games, (these are just a few). His blog is even available with multi-lingual options.
Educators will also learn a great deal reading through Kuropatwa's blog, 1) He is constantly refining and reviewing what works well with students and what needs to be enhanced. 2) He's also committed to using 21st technology tools; the same tools the students use (hint). 3) There's very little in the way of "educational pontification" and it's clear to me that it's "all about the kids" for him. 4) He's organized!
Here's one of Darren's reflective posts. He writes, "Students have the option of editing the textbook instead of writing a reflective post — this is another way to get them to reflect on their learning."
"Students post reflections on their learning. The Pre-Cal 40S students started calling these posts BOBs. I like that. The name is sticky. I've become more explicit about having the kids write their BOBs a few days before their unit tests: "If you do it the night before you'll get your one mark for doing it. But if you post your BOB a few nights before the test then I'll specifically address the issues you raise." (via a Difference)
Readers, please share how you've used blogging in the classroom this year. I will be posting and profiling other educational bloggers throughout the summer.