However, I don’t see myself using Twitter in class any time soon. The tool that has shown itself to be of the most potential value to my students is the blog. I’ve come to realize that by having students create and maintain learning blogs, I will be providing them with a framework upon which they can integrate any number of other technologies we wish to use.
They can share videos, digital art, and opinions. Blogging will provide them with an authentic reason to revise and rewrite their work. Getting creative with their blogs and posts will provide them with a sense of agency in their learning. Their blogs will also allow them to connect with the world as global digital citizens.
By adding blogging to my curriculum, I will be able to meet a number of the 2016 ISTE Student Standards and begin to move further towards creating a 21st-century learning environment in my classroom.
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.