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September 11, 2015
by Ann Lautrette

Go Blog about it…Week 2

It’s the end of our second week of blogging and we are rolling along nicely. Some students are taking a bit longer to let their creativity shine, but we’re sure that over this weekend they’ll spend some time thinking about both the content and the presentation of their blogs.

I’ve added a ‘useful links’ section on the home page of this blog which takes students quickly to ‘blog post help‘ for those who need to remind themselves of what makes a great blog post. Many posts are still lacking images and media. Remember my communication post from this week: the world is visual!

This week ended with our first ever ‘Ed Tok’ – like TED Talks, but well, educational, and about TOK. We’ve asked BSJ teachers to deliver an Ed Tok every two weeks, but to set the stage I had to go first. I was surprised by how much work it was to prepare for a 10 minute talk and I was anxious about the delivery – the TED Talks we watch online seem so polished and practised, I felt I couldn’t live up! In the end I needn’t have worried; while I don’t think I’ll be on the TED Global Stage anytime soon, I’m pleased with how it went and I think my public speaking skills increased a notch. If I were a Year 12 student, I’d award myself a Communication Digital Badge!

Practitioner Communicator

Digital Badges are a way for students to display their skill development on their blogs. If you click on the badge above it will take you to the evidence I’m using to support my claim that I’m a practitioner communicator – the slides from my talk.

Hopefully in the near future students will take on the challenge of delivering an Ed Tok – we’d love to hear what they have to say on all things TOK. We’ve already got students willing to share ideas: today Joshua shared how he’s developing his blog – it looks great Josh and thanks for being a risk-taker!

This week’s blog posts have impressed us with their detail and design; Catherine has found plenty to write about on her Cat Blog, and Arjun (or Argon) made me laugh with this explanation of his nickname. (Plus I love the hooked worm on his blog!)bloggerofthe weekbadge

The blogger of the week badge this week goes to Jasmine, whose blog not only looks super-stylish, but is hugely helpful to those of you struggling with research skills. Her last post about the ‘golden key to research’ is a perfect summing up of good research technique. Read it, and use it.

A special mention to BSJ teachers too, who have been encouraged to read and comment on student blogs. Well done…have a Growth Mindset Badge!




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