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“Spotlight” – Look At My Amazing Students

Written By: Paula Neidlinger - Dec• 06•13

 Today’s Students are Tomorrow’s Leaders…………………..

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  ~Alvin Toffler

As digital literacy leaders, we must understand that a connected life is all our students know. They have learned to share everything online, insist on instant access to knowledge, and above all, are not afraid to tackle a task that seems foreign to many classroom teachers and administrators.  Students today want to be a part of a culture that is always sharing, always creating, always connecting…… and so do I!

CONNECTED LEARNING FOR ALL……………..

The global world students and teachers are entering is moving at a rapid-fire pace, which propels educators into a path of new learning.  The key is to not be afraid when digital learning goes beyond our own knowledge base.

MY OBJECTIVE- I WILL …..

…..be confident enough to not fear the students who know more than I do.

…..allow my students to go much further in their learning than I ever imagined.

…..not hold my students back.

 

“SPOTLIGHT”…Look At My Amazing Students

Last week, I introduced a group of students writing their own novels on a Saturday morning at the local coffee lodge.  Today I want to acknowledge another group of students, which call themselves, “Digital Storm.” No Saturday morning smoothies, but we did smash together S’mores during our first meeting.

These students have voluntarily formed a student led eLearning leadership team, which meets once a week after school.  After only three weeks, they have constructed a mission statement, website(Digital Storm Today), and a Twitter (@DigitalStorm13) account.  Last night, a few of the members collaborated on “Scratch,” for the first time.  The collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity springing from the joint venture was inspiring.  Today, students led other students within the classes through the “Scratch”(@scratchteam) program. ……….I was confident enough to not fear the students who knew more than I did. (take a look)

 

“SPOTLIGHT”…Look At My Amazing Students

As I perused through my inbox at 6:15 a.m., I opened an email, which proved to be another star of inspiration today.  Three of my students had been nominated as the top blogs in the Student Blogging Challenge.  

……….allowing my students to go much further in their learning than I ever imagined.

International Blogging Challenge

Best Student Blogs 2013 – Edublog Awards

Student Blogging Challenge 2013

Challenge yourself to connect and learn through blogging.

My 7th & 8th grade classes have been participating in the Student blogging challenge for the past ten weeks. Each student has constructed their own website through Blogger, which they utilize as their ePortfolio and blog.  The challenge runs twice a year- once in the fall and then again in the spring.  This fall over 1000 students have participated in the challenge worldwide.   At the conclusion of each challenge, blogs are voted on by all participants.

This year, three of my students have been selected as the top blogs.  The final voting is underway.  One blog will be chosen from the top selected participants.  Voting will end on December 18.  Everyone can cast one vote every day until the 18th.  Go to the websites below to cast your vote each day.

Vote here:  Student Challenge Voting panel

View top blogs:  Student Challenge list of top blogs-

Neidlinger’s Nominated Students:

#16- Breana P.-  7th grade- http://breanapeportfolio.blogspot.com/

#34- Gillian R.– 7th grade-  http://gillianreportfolio.blogspot.com/

#43- Lexie R.- 8th Grade- http://lexireportfolio.blogspot.com/

 

MY OBJECTIVE- I WILL …..

…..be confident enough to not fear the students who know more than I do.

…..allow my students to go much further in their learning than I ever imagined.

…..not hold my students back.

 

SHARE YOUR “SPOTLIGHT”……………

 

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