In honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, celebrated September 21-26 this year, World Education published a series of posts on our new blog, The Well, exploring what literacy means to us. Post topics include:
Blogs can have a number of different uses. Your blog could be more like a class magazine, available only to class members, with the goal of gathering student work into one collection. Having students comment on each other's work can extend the assignment and can double as practice for a skill used in many college classes, to offer thoughtful posts in online discussions. (See our earlier post on using online discussions in the classroom.) Alternately a class blog can be public and shared with other classes - and the world in general - inviting the conversation to extend even further. By sharing their posts and having others comment on them, students gain the additional benefit of an authentic reading activity in addition to the writing practice.
If you're new to blogging, the basic steps are to pick your blog platform, get it set up and ready for students to use, discuss with students how to use it, (I like the list of possible discussion points in section three of "Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog" by Kathleen Morris, though it's intended for children it could be adapted for the adult classroom), and then you're off! Some commonly used blogs include EduBlogs (designed specifically for classroom blogs), WordPress, Blogger and Weebly, which is what this blog is built on. I can recommend Weebly as free and easy to use, both for its blog features or to set up as a class website. Edublogs, is marketed primarily at children, though can definitely be used just as well in an adult classroom and contains a wealth of tools and resources.
So, what does adult literacy mean to you in 2015? Post a link to your blog in the comments, or let us know your thoughts on one of our blogs!