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My last post Why blog? was written live in class with my Year 10 students. This is the last week of Term 1 and we needed to review what we have been doing. I decided we’d do it as a blogpost fest with one post about why we blog and the other post about how we’d gone in French. Each post had 6 questions and an image and they were only allowed one sentence answers. I did the first post on my interactive whiteboard at the same time with them. One question at a time. I could show them how to do bold text. I also wanted to show them how to backlink, make sure they ticked categories, tagged the post and then could change an image size and know how to acknowledge it properly. A number of them are really good at tagging and come up with some inventive and interesting tags. They are getting really good at picking interesting images too. I was doing my answers at the same time to take the strain off those who were still finding blogging baffling.I did not want them going on holidays with bad feelings towards blogging. It took the pain away for them and they felt comfortable. All the class responses tell me they like and value blogging and can see worthwhile learning outcomes for themselves.
These are the questions I asked about their French for the second post:
1. What have you done this term in French that you are proud of?
2. Tu aimes le français? (Do you like French?)
3. Qu’est-ce que tu as planifié pour les vacances? (What have you planned for the holidays?)
4. Why do you need to be enthusiastic about learning languages in 2015?
5. We did Bretagne, comic characters, phone conversations and houses. Which one did you like the best and why?
6. What is one thing you can do next term to improve your French?
As for the responses to Why blog?
This is from one of the girls on her blog Pic Boisé :
Questions asked by my teacher:
1) What is the best thing about blogging?
I can voice the things I want to say online in an easy way. It is easy to write information that I gather and to show people what I know and what I do.
2) Why do you think blogging is so important in 2015?
Blogging is important in 2015 to share opinions and inform people. It is important to share ones knowledge with others in one way or another. The internet is used greatly so this is one of the best ways of informing people.
3) What is the best blog post you have written this year?
My two best blog posts are Les marchés d’Adélaïde or Bretagne! Brittany! I think the les marchés d’Adélaïde is good as it shows many things the Adelaide Markets has that is French. Bretagne! Brittany! is a good blog post as it informs people how to say common words in English, French and Breton.
4) What does blogging teach you?
Blogging has taught me just how simple it is to get your information and knowledge out to the world. Many people overseas have visited my blog which I was excited about. I didn’t think that this blog would be viewed internationally!
5) Are short blog posts or long blog posts more popular on your blog?
Long blog posts are more popular I have found as they have more information. As long as the blog post doesn’t drag on and get boring then long ones are more visited. They have more information from different sites with much relevance. Most of my blog posts are rather short but the longer ones are more viewed.
6) What is one of the things you can do better on your blog?
I think that I can improve my blog by adding more information on each topic.
This is a response from one of the boys on his blog Jbelf in France:
1. What is the best thing about blogging?
Sharing interesting info to the world and hearing feedback
2. Why do you think blogging is so important in 2015?
Most things are online or electronic now so if you want to connect with other internet blogging is great
3. Whats the best blog post you’ve written this year?
Montrer ma Maison because it was most viewed and I enjoyed having a really expensive house with a pool inside and living in the snow
4. What does blogging teach you?
On a couple of my posts about France and French life there have been comments that give me feedback but also teach me new things about France that I never knew
5. Are short blog or long more popular on your blog?
I find that short posts are more popular because they display the info without being too long that people will start getting bored
6. What’s one thing you can do better on your blog?
Post more frequently instead of once or twice a week and do post about things outside of the french classroom as well
The blog review has helped them to get a perspective on what we are doing and has underlined that all the hard work, fun and , at times, frustration have led to something they can now appreciate and value . They have also discovered the world cares about what they say and do. It has opened their eyes to the fact they can connect globally.They can even see their own way clear to the next step now. Reviewing blogging helps clarify the picture. At times, when you are new to it , it can be like working in the fog. High level learning is like that. Sunshine and blue skies in the learning arena now we have done our reviews and I have some valuable feedback to build on for next term.