Sometimes we get discouraged, wondering if our efforts to have our students working in self-directed ways can, well, really work. Three years ago, a small group of us visited Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington. He helped us set up a wordpress blogging system for our school.
It started slowly, but some people have taken it and run. One is Senior Exhibit adviser Katie Blashford, who sent me an email this morning:
If you have time you should see what our FA wiz kids are doing……many using their tech skills all on their own.
1.) see FAblogs with Maddie’s new tutorial videos embedded so cool
2.) Tomorrow is Rachel Fried’s medical forum. Tom Catron is a guest speaker. Unfortunately, he could not make a physical appearance so he prerecorded his speech and put it on youtube. He is then skyping in during the Q and A portion of the evening.
3.) Kahlil just finished his KatalMath website…….this one speaks for itself.
4.) With many of the events coming up (gallary at Eileen’s Feb 13, Tyler’s guitar workshop , Rachel’s forum etc) the primary publicity has been via Facebook, medical blogs, guitar forums, and other social networking tools.
Of course, I give credit to Katie, who has pushed to help the kids make their learning transparent and meaningful. These are experiences they will remember. Powerful learning, Katie. Thanks so much for sharing.
Carey Pohanka says
Katie is wonderful! I told her how we were having issues with the embedding and somehow Maddie figured out how to work around it. Or is youtube working? Anyway, I asked her to check with Maddie and see what she is doing. :)
Love the blogs!
Susan Carter Morgan says
I know! I would like to know as well, so keep me posted. And, of course, you and your students are doing super work, too!!