I teach a class called Connections on a Thursday afternoon. It’s a one lesson a week proposition and teachers offer instruction in something they have an interest in. I’m offering blogging as an option and twenty six students have lined up to take the class. They can’t wait to get started on creating their own blogs, but I’m using the first few sessions to get them used to apps like flickr and delicious.
Today one of the students showed me something she has been using at home. It’s called scrapblog and it allows you to combine photos, videos, audio and text to create a multimedia scrapbook. I’ve been playing around with it and it’s a lot of fun. And just because it’s fun doesn’t mean that it can’t have some educational merit! I was thinking how you could have your students create a scrapbook reflecting a character from a text they are reading – they would show their understanding of the character through the theme selected, pictures and extras inserted into the pages they create. Worth a look at for both school and home projects.
I love it when students choose to share their finds with you. It’s one of the reasons I love teaching – sharing knowledge is very rewarding and when it’s reciprocal it’s even moreso.