As I perused sites over the last week for ideas about using blogs in the classroom, I have found that many have great ideas. I saw one with 33 different blog uses in the classroom. The site was called Web 2.0 in the Classroom. I found them all very useful options. One that stuck out was:
“Create a blog where students describe a typical day at school. Invite other same aged students from different global locations to contribute the same type of information on the same blog. Let students ask questions and leave comments to gain cultural awareness. Students can then begin to share/compare thematic units being learned, novels being read, field trips being taken, etc.”
Having students from different global locations participate is a great idea. It gives students a culturally different educational perspective on life and education in different parts of the world. Even the teacher can learn from this. I think that I will try to use “global participation” sometime in my own classroom. I don’t know if I would use the same topic or not. It’s not a bad topic, but I think that since I co-teach a lot in social studies, I might use a topic like one of the World Wars or the Cold War so my students could see that history is not always coming from one perspective.