Welcome to Lee’s Classroom.
I’m Lee Pregnell and for the last 8 years I’ve being developing blogs and wikis with my students. We started with a 5/6 team blog, moved onto a class blog then very soon all 5/6 students had their own blogs. MPPS now has classroom blogs in all year levels, separate blogs for our specialists classes and every students from grades 4 to 6.
Our student blogs have quickly evolved from places where students posted examples of their favourite pieces of writing to being in some cases fully fledged eportfolios. While initially much of this evolution was teacher driven the students soon all contributed and pushed the process with their enthusiasm, creativity and desire to experiment. Another important factor was their clear sense of ownership of the blogs and their excitement as they shared any new discoveries with each other.
For links to their blogs follow the links on the left hand side bar (Current MPPS Students Blogroll and Past Students Blogroll).
For examples click on the following links (they all demonstrate the potential of blogs as digital portfolios):
For examples of the power of the conversations students can have through their blogs go to:
Finally check out this conversation thread between Afrah, one of my previous grade 4 students, and a 100WC mentor responding to one of her short stories:
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We look forward to your encouraging and constructive comments.