#Rockstar Meme: You Can Do It Too
I was recently invited to participate in the #Rockstar Meme — How Blogging Rocked Your World by one of the most inspiring and kind people I have yet to meet in person, Tracy Watanabe. I am truly honored, and the timing couldn’t be better as I struggle with bringing 21st Century teaching and learning tools to the teachers at our school.
Why did I start?
One of the other Rockstars honored by Tracy is Denise Krebs. Her blog, Dare to Care, contains this byline: Creating, Contributing, Communicating, Connecting, Collaborating & Curating.
Think about each of those words.
Project New Media Literacies, USC School for Communication and Journalism suggests these: create, circulate, connect, and collaborate.
As the digital world developed, I thought about those words and the internet skills required. I considered my students and their futures. They live in a very rural area, far from universities and often do not have access to the Internet. The digital divide is very real. So New Media Literacies inspired me to connect with other teachers and their students, to circulate ideas, to create projects, and to collaborate with others. I needed to bring opportunities to my students.
How did I start?
Sue Waters at Edubloggers.com teacher challenge helps teachers start blogging, and that challenge really inspired me to blog to connect with others and to clarify my own ideas.
Blogging for myself now helps me clarify my ideas, circulate them for review by others, consider the feedback or the ideas of other bloggers, and create a better idea by connecting and collaborating with others. And the final “C” is from Denise: Curate. Blogging organizes and archives these ideas and projects for further consideration by myself and others. Tags and categories help organize for searching and sharing, and to link to in your professional portfolio.
So Why blog?
Clarify your thoughts. Circulate your ideas, Connect with others, Consider others’ reflections, Create your own or re-mixed projects and strategies, Collaborate with other teachers and students, and Curate the process and products. Wow!
Clarify. Circulate. Connect. Consider. Create. Collaborate. Curate.
Unexpected blogging benefits
A Student Benefit
Once I started blogging for reflections like this blog, I also started a lesson blog and a teacher blog. Of course, my students wanted to blog too. We started out with comments last year, and will move to blog posts this year. We also started to blog with three other classrooms in a Quad Blog. Blogging, even starting with comments, offers an authentic writing platform that energizes, challenges, and inspires student writing and learning. Students circulate their ideas, clarify their understandings by responding to others, connect with others, consider the conversations, and create new ideas and connections. Responding to a real person, rather than just the teacher develops higher level thinking skills as one writes better to write clearer to be understood. Asking polite questions and clarification develops digital citizenship. Think about the standards covered with these processes: Clarify. Circulate. Connect. Consider. Create. Collaborate. Curate.
Once the blogging began, and I discovered so many ideas from so many talented people, my professional and personal learning network expanded. I discovered webinars, strategies, suggestions, etc. directly related to what I needed to do in my classroom to improve student learning with 21st Century tools.
Blogging connects me and my students with innovative and inspirational educators and with ideas for projects. We are inspired! Last week, one of my students asked, “What’s our next project?” and another student replied, “We should do something like our Quad Bloggers did this week.”
Blogging has rocked our world!
If you follow the Rockstars below, you will be inspired to blog also! You can do it too!
The #Rockstar Meme
Besides Tracy, Denise, Linda, Sue, and Kathleen, those who inspire me the most through blogging are the #Rockstars that I’m passing the meme baton to:
Sue Waters with Ronnie Burt Encourages at Edublogs and blogging how-tos
Silvia Tolisano Shares so many HowTos in Language Arts and Digital Learning (Skype; Blogs)
Marsha Ratzel Shares about Google Apps, Blogging, and Other Technologies
Larry Ferlazzo Shares “Best of” Websites, ELL; So much to share!
Nancy Carroll Inspiring Fourth Grade teacher using technology
Paula Naugle Inspires Skyping and Blogging in the classroom
This meme, started by Miguel Guhlin, is about how blogging rocks your world. The typical meme expectations are to link back and comment on the originator’s post, and pass the meme baton to five others. (I know; I had to list six though).
I believe memes are for recognizing others as inspiration, and it’s not actually expected they write a post.
If you want to be inspired, I highly recommend the six bloggers I named because they are #Rockstars!
Who are your #Rockstars?
How does blogging rock your world?
Thanks again, Tracy Rockstar Watanabe !
Image created in Google Apps: Drawing.