I’ve been thinking about how important quality over quantity often is when it comes to effective teaching and learning with blogging, global collaboration and technology.
Here are some thoughts…
It’s not about how many blogging buddies your class has but about having deep and ongoing connections with classes that you can learn with and from.
It’s not about how many Twitter followers you have but about forming connections with educators who inspire you, challenge you, share ideas and are interested in getting to know you.
It’s not about how many different web 2.0 tools you use but about using tools well that meet your students learning needs and your learning intentions.
It’s not about how many student blogs you have but about developing student bloggers who are responsible, supported by families and progressively creating high quality content.
It’s not about how many computers and devices you have in your classroom but about how well you’re using them to amplify your teaching and increase student learning.
It’s not about how many blog comments students write but about how they use comments to reflect, question, offer feedback, make a connection or develop a relationship.
It’s not about keeping up with the plethora of information flying around the internet but about finding the important, reliable and useful information that you need.
Some of these things I have definitely realised over time. Enthusiasm and quantity can sometimes go hand in hand and mask the need for high quality teaching and learning. I have sometimes found that when I take time to reflect I realise the power of quality.
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