My project is about how I have changed the way I teach!
‘Using blogs empowered by badging as digital portfolios in a 21st century classroom.”
School: The Rock Academy primary school, Fish Hoek, Western Cape.
My goal was to increase the motivation of my learners, and bring fun along with excellence into all our lessons. I thought of some of the 21st Century teaching approaches that are trending at the moment - the paperless classroom, gamification, digital writing, e-portfolios... I put them all into the mixing bowl and came up with an idea. I would get my Grade 6 class to do the term’s work in ICT lessons in a gamified way using blogs, which we would call our e-portfolios to display their work. My lessons would consist of a variety of different types of digital writing, and would be called Challenges. The reward for completing a Challenge well, and in the allotted time, would be a badge which would be displayed on the learner’s blog.
I love this way of teaching and my learners do too. To me it is making a start at embracing the future. The learners are able to share their work with a wider audience and feel proud about what they are creating. My project is improving all the time.
Fiona Beal is an ICT teacher for Grade 1 – 7 at the Rock Academy Primary School in Fishhoek, Western Cape. She is passionate about integrating technology into normal classroom practice. Fiona is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and a Google Certified Innovator. She enjoys introducing her learners to innovative ideas. In 2015 her Grade 4 class joined two other classes in the USA and Taiwan and won the Global Virtual Classroom Award for their collaborative project. Fiona also loves facilitating ICT workshops for teachers in partnership with Schoolnetsa, The University of the Free State’s Ideas Lab and Microsoft.
My online presence:
Google + Fiona Beal
About me: https://about.me/fionabeal
Youtube: Fiona Beal’s channel
Daily Edventures: http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2012/07/11/fiona-beal