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Creating a Blog for Fifth Graders: Fostering Independence and Improving Self-ReflectionRachel Winograd, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media
I have designed a blog for fifth graders. The two main learning goals of this blog is for the students to deepen their understanding and increase their abilities in reflecting on their own work. Tied in with students reflecting on their own learning and their own work is goal setting. Another one of the main goals/objectives is for students to learn how to be a little bit more independent as it relates to their own learning and studies. Another underlying learning goal is for students to increase their technological literacy. There are various different pages on the blog that focus on the various learning goals. These pages include a reflection page, a page for tracking reading, one for keeping track of grades, another for keeping track of things the students need to work on, and finally a page that includes a trivia question that requires students to use the internet for research. Throughout the design process I spoke to a class of fifth grade students and some teachers in order to get their thoughts and opinions to help make the blog as motivating and helpful as possible. There are more steps that need to be taken in order to move the blog from a design, to an actual working blog, but it is well on its way.