Blogging with Students: Interview with Greta Sandler

Interview 10 of Twittering for Education

This past weekend I spent commenting on student blogs. I really believe in student blogging, because students own their learning, reflect and make connections about the knowledge they learn, and are motivated by their worldwide audience. I really admire the work of my friend Greta Sandler, @Gret, who has her fifth grade students from Argentina blog. I admire her because she was the first and is the only teacher at her school that has students blog. I love reading their blogs and leaving comments. You can sense their excitement. This past week I interviewed Greta about her success at getting her students to blog. Listen to her interview where she shares incredible insights about students blogging in English! Greta’s 5th graders love comments so be sure to leave some comments on their blog, Sharing Good News.

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Bio

Greta Sandler is an ESL teacher. She teaches 5th grade at a K-12 school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is passionate about teaching and technology. She loves to create meaningful learning opportunities for her students by combining her two passions. You can check out her blog About a Teacher and you can also find her on Twitter. Follow her on Twitter, @gret.

Watch Greta’s presentation at the Virtual Round Table E-Conference, Blogging with Students, and discover more resources about student blogging.

Previous Interviews

Check out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker, Mobile Learning with Kids- Scott Newcomb, Effective Leadership: Interview with Patrick Larkin, Using Skype for ELT Lessons: Interview with Marisa Pavan, and Teachers as Leaders and Continuous Learners: Interview with Dr. Doug Green.

Challenge:

Ask Greta for help or support in getting your students to blog! Check out her presentation and the resources she shares on her blog to get you started!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

11 comments

  1. Thank you Shelly, for sharing this wonderful interview with Greta! I love hearing how blogging not only was a great way for students to share writing, but also for them to improve their dynamics with each other. Shy kids changing their status by being active bloggers is quite powerful!Thanks again for the inspiration.

  2. Thank you for posting this interview. I have been inspired by Gret’s class blog and have left comments for her students.

    I am also starting a student blog this year (as soon as my computers are delivered) and I feel much better about getting started because of the pioneering work of teachers like Gret and Pernille.

    I will be coming back again when I get my computers to remind myself of all Gret’s tips.

  3. Shelly, thank you very much for your kind words. I’m so honored. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by you. I’ve really learned a lot from you and you have definitely inspired me to take this huge step. I’m so grateful for your friendship. Thank you so much for all you do.

    Joan and Lisa: Thanks a lot for your words. It really means a lot coming from amazing educators like you. Both of you have lots to do with this. You keep inspiring me to become a better educator. Love having you in my PLN.

    Tami: Thanks so much for your kind words! We really appreciate all your comments and support. It really makes a difference for us. Do let us know when you start blogging so we can visit your students’ blogs too! Please let me know if I can be of any help. Thanks again!

  4. […] Check out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker, Mobile Learning with Kids- Scott Newcomb, Effective Leadership: Interview with Patrick Larkin, Using Skype for ELT Lessons: Interview with Marisa Pavan, Teachers as Leaders and Continuous Learners: Interview with Dr. Doug Green, and Blogging with Students: Interview with Greta Sandler. […]

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