I’ve been enjoying some e-mail correspondence with Nancy Bosch, at the Neiman Enhanced Learning Center in Shawnee, Kansas. Her grades 4-6 students have been blogging for some time. She has recently introduced them to wikis. Here are a few comments from her students that she gave me permission to post.
“Boy, I’m glad we didn’t have to write!” (hello….you just spent the whole day writing!!)“It is so cool to know that somebody might use what I wrote for their research!!”“I write a lot more carefully knowing the ‘world’ can read it”“I liked the fact that we could work together, help each other out and link to stuff someone else wrote”
“It is so cool to put something ON the Internet, rather than always taking stuff OFF.”
So what do you think? Is it just that they are academically gifted students, or do students actually enjoy blogging, enough to do it for their own intrinsic reasons?