Today, I had the opportunity to work with our IB Art Teacher, Kate Menke, as she is implementing blogs with her students. We are working on creating blogs with the students so that they begin to develop an online digital portfolio. They are going to display their work and explanations, as well as demonstrate their critical skills with comments on the other students' work. These students will be able to follow each other and see the growth over the years. I believe it is the start of something awesome for these students.
Early in our process, we talked about digital footprint, and what that means for these students. We talked about what the world can see about them and that it is important for them to share all of the incredible work that they do with society. It is important that they display their work in ways that impress the readers, whether it is classmates, teachers, family, friends, or anyone else that may find their work. We also talked about the permanence of their work and that what they post is a permanent statement to world. Also, part of this discussion was the need to be good digital citizens. They discussed the need to be honest and sincere, thoughtful and kind.
We then talked about the steps necessary to create a Blogspot blog. We went through the following presentation and talked about the importance of keeping their profiles empty and keeping the amount of personal information shared to a minimum. We stressed the importance of the students moderating their comments, so that comments that are questionable can be discussed before going out to the world. It was a nice process and one that the students will actually go through in the next few days. The students seemed so excited to get going.