We met for an hour after school today- the Ernie Pyle Writers. Why? To start our blogs! It was a little slow-going at first- just typing in usernames and passwords was a bit of a challenge for these fourth graders. Everyone did manage to get logged in. Learning to maneuver through the site using drop-down menus and finding icons was all new. Everyone chose new background colors and a theme. No one had ever heard of a widget, but we used one to link individual student blogs to the class blog. A first post (another new word) was written and published. The new bloggers found each others’ blogs to read the posts.
At first, there was some grumbling- it seemed hard. It wasn’t long before excitement started catching on. They were not ready to stop at the end of the hour. Just wait ’til they learn about comments! Just wait ’til they truly realize they are Ernie Pyle Writers!