This blog details the learning journey to complete the Edublogs Teacher Challenge 2011. It is a conversation about being a beginner blogger so it may prove to be a little too self-deprecating at times for some readers!

This blog is about blogging - setting up a brand new blog, making decisions about design and appearance, and learning how to use the Blogger interface as well as the slightly different Edublogs interface. So it will also discuss the decisions made for the design and operation of my professional blog which is Applied Chaos Theory (hosted at Edublogs).

I hope that by journalling about my learning journey in the world of teacher blogging it may provide some small encouragement to other teacher bloggers as they begin their own learning journey in this new collaborative/connected world!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New connections

As I have mentioned before, visiting other teacher blogs and classroom blogs is a great way to learn about all the possibilities for making your own blog interesting. There is so much to learn about design as well as the practice that is required in order to improve the quality of your post writing.

The other extraordinary thing is that one never knows how leaving a few comments on other people's blogs may lead to other opportunities to connect with students and help them in their learning - becoming another teacher in the lives of children who live thousands of kilometres away.

Having joined the Educator's PLN ning, I noticed the request from a teacher in the USA who asked for volunteers to visit her class blog. It was just a click away - easy!

So I started leaving little encouraging comments on the posts of her students and telling them that I was visiting from Sydney, Australia. Apparently they were quite chuffed that they were getting an international visitor to their blogs and so their teacher decided to use this learning opportunity to tell them a little bit about Australia! Just as quick as that they decided to write some posts to tell me how much they had learned about my country! How fabulous is that? So much fun to read the posts of Year 3 students and what they wanted to tell me about the things they had learned - all happening across the Pacific Ocean and across all those timezones!

Lots of their questions were about the ideas within same and difference between Australia and the USA. This led me to the idea to set up a blog about just that... for a giggle you might like to visit:

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