Amazing Investigations!

Congratulations! We have completed the first phase of our Becoming a Blogger project in MYP Technology!

During the Investigate stage we explored other blogs to learn what makes a good blog, brainstormed ideas for what our blogs could be about, learned how to use our blogging platform (WordPress), and reflected on our learning. Because this is technology class, we learned how to share our learning on our individual blogs. I’m impressed with how much you were all able to do: uploading documents and .pdfs to Google Docs and sharing them, learning how to use Inspiration and WordPress, and making links to your completed work.

Since you all did such an excellent job, I would like to highlight a few especially outstanding student blog posts. Please read at least two of the posts linked below and leave a comment about what you learned through reading their work. As you read them, what do you notice that they did well? What techniques could you use in your own posts?

Also, a few reminders:

  • You have time to continue improving your work on the Investigate (including your Blog Research, Brainstorm and Reflection). Feel free to add, edit and improve them until we get back from break.
  • Once you are satisfied with all of your work on your Blog Research, please resolve all of the comments so they no longer show on the sidebar of your document (we can still see them in the Comment Stream, so don’t worry about them disappearing completely).
  • Please make sure you have a tech category on your blog. Don’t forget to put all of your posts in there, otherwise we won’t be able to find them.
  • As you continue to enhance your blog, please make sure to add these widgets: categories, meta, links.
  • Please read other student blogs and leave thoughtful comments.
Well done Grade 6! Looking forward to staring the next stage of this project, the Plan!

Becoming a Blogger!

Welcome to our first project for the year!

In this project you will learn about the power and potential of blogging as a reflection of your learning, as well as a way to share your ideas and interests with other students around the world. We will start with the Investigate stage of the Technology Design Cycle.

As a blogger, one of my favorite things about my own blog is being able to share my thoughts with other people and then discuss those ideas. It helps me reinforce my own learning and also challenges my thinking. I hope you will find something you really enjoy about blogging too!

To get us started, we are going to explore other blogs from around the world to see what makes a good blog. For example:

  • What do you notice about the blogs you like best?
  • What attracts your attention and why on the blogs you like best?
  • How do the blogs you like best look?
  • How do you navigate the blogs you like best?
  • What kind of information is shared in the blogs you like best?
  • After looking at a few blogs, what are the features that you think every blog needs?

Here are a few blogs for you to start with:

As long as you review 2 of the blogs listed above you may also look at other blogs as long as they are appropriate for school. Make sure you include the full URL of all of the blogs you look at on the Blog Research sheet.

If you know of a blog that other students might enjoy reviewing, please leave the name and URL in the comments below. Thanks!