I’ve been inspired (or something like it anyway) by ideas for getting my children to publish their work to a wider audience.
My class already have their own wikispace: http://faulknerfile.wikispaces.com
I began this as it’s a bit easier to maintain than a blog as I only need to change a bit each week and the archive of previous work is easy to access on new pages. However this is pretty much all my work and just a way of showing other’s some of the things we do. I wanted something that the children could do and have come up with two ideas, both of which were really inspired by other people.
The first idea links to my wish to develop their interest in reading this term. I have been following Bill Lord’s choices of a book a day http://abookaday.posterous.com/ and have created a blog where the children can post reviews of books that they like. Hopefully the idea of seeing their work in the public domain may inspire them to read a bit more widely and raise the profile of reading generally. http://5jdvbooks.wordpress.com
The second idea was really inspired by chrisleach78 on Twitter who did a real time twitter account of the gunpowder plot and and also the death of Edward VI with his pupils. We are writing recounts this week and it will be in the form of a diary of an athlete at the ancient Olympic games. So I have used wordpress again to set up a blog for an athlete called Nikias who will be able to relate all of his exciting adventures. http://nikias100.wordpress.com
How much impact either of these will have, I don’t know but hopefully at least some of my pupils will be enthused by them.