Digital Story Critique #6

For this week’s story critique I found a video from the teaching channel that talked about implementing blogging in the classroom.  This was something that I wanted to look a little deeper into since we read about blogging a couple weeks ago, and it happened to be the first video that popped up when I got to the teaching channel!

In this video, the teacher discusses how she introduced  the concept of blogging to her class and how she got them started with their first blogs.  The main involvements of the teacher in the video were to inform other teachers for professional use, and to facilitate the activity and pursuits of her students as they dove into blogging for the first time.  The audience plays a passive, spectator role with this video, but there were other participants involved with the making of the video (the students, and other teachers that she used as resources to learn about blogging).  The other teachers in the video had a similar involvement as the featured teacher, in that they were informing her for her own professional use.  The students in her class had several types of involvement in the video as they were creating fan fiction blog posts and interacting with one another via comments to the posts.  They each expressed a fan identity in their blogs and connected with one another to maintain social relationships through their fan fiction posts.  All of this helped them to become proficient fiction writers.

There were several literacy dimensions present in this story.  The teacher needed to have something to say that would appeal to her students, as well as to the other teachers that view this video.  As always with teaching, she had to figure out how to convey a lot of meaning into a short period of time – again, she had to do this within the time constraints of her class period, as well as in a video that would be short enough to keep the attention of the audience.  The students had to learn how to post narratives online, as well as how to write reviews and leave feedback for their peers.  They also had to pay close attention to their source narrative (in this case, the book Star Girl) in order to successfully meet the criteria for their blog posts.

I really enjoyed this video.  It was more in depth that what I had previously seen and I particularly like the “do it ourselves” mentality that the teacher had when she reached out to other educators to help her get started.  It was great to not only hear from the teacher, but also from the students, and to get a glimpse into how the lessons actually went and the steps that were taken to get the students ready to blog and to get them to make their blogs more appealing to their readers.  I don’t think I would change a thing!


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