Love, love this blog. This blog is packed full of information and links for teachers who are new to using technology, especially blogging as an added benefit to teaching. The posts include information on how to technologically manage blogs as well as topics that are designed to stimulate thought and conversation between educators about important topics in education. For example, this post that I have found here on the blog poses the question of scaffolding vs. struggling and which is more beneficial to students. What I found most intriguing about this post was the suggestion by the authors to not only respond here on their blog but also to generate the conversation on the readers bl0g sites as well. I will definitely be referencing this blog in the future for information on how to complete technical tasks as well as discussion topics.
Wow, the similarities between this blog from a school in Tanzania, Africa and a blog from a school in, say Finksburg, Md., are astounding. This blog follows a school’s progress throughout the school year and presents various art units and products that the various grade levels produce. One of the reasons that I love art so much is the universal concepts that weave themselves throughout , no matter time or space. While reading through the posts on this blog, I had to smile when I came across this particular post because it is a true testament to the universality of concepts. Self-portraits begin and end the school year in Africa just like in the United States.
Although I have heard of Art 21 before I have not read the blog before, so here it is. “Art21 is a nonprofit dedicated to engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, inspiring creative thinking, and educating a new generation about artists working today.” The blog is a virtual meeting place where educators, students, artist and anyone who is interested gather to share ideas, thoughts and expecially art. While reading through the blog archives I came across this particular post that I absolutlely love. Not only does this particular post present a timeless piece of art, it also describes how the piece was incorporated into a classroom setting. Also, the post includes some extremely thought provoking questions that, as an educator, could be used as a springboard to develop some truly inspriring unit plans. I myself am definetly more of a process oriented artists and teacher so this post was right up my alley. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.