The conversation that about students posting online has continued both at Assorted Stuff and at The Not So Distant Future . This is such a hot button issue for everyone involved and I hope we can continue to approach it from a positive perspective. Maybe the next discussion after asking questions about how students would feel if various people in their lives were to be the audience for their post, should be the why. We know that part of a student blog is going to be for the grade, but as well as an accidental audience there are also hidden surprises.
For me it is when someone else responds to a post or a comment I’ve written and the gains can be the connectedness, the respect of my peers, friendship that grows from the communication, a clarification of my own thoughts – those sort of things that you don’t think about going into it. It can be the sense of community and the gratification that comes from finding that others are having the same thoughts, fears, ideas, and experiences that I am and the excitement that you get from sharing those things with others. They are also not really things we can tell students about because the experience is going to be different for everyone. So how can we get them thinking about the possibilities?
1. Why are they writing?
2. What do they want to get out of it?
3. When they reread what they have written, how do they feel?
4. Would they take the time to read it if it was written by someone else?
5. Do they care about what they have written?
6. What are they passionate about?
7. What stories do they have to tell?
8. What are they saying between the lines?
9. If their blog entry was a time capsule, what would they want to say to their future self?
10. How can reflection and commenting help them in their educational experience?
Any ideas for additions to this list?