Using the Internet and specifically blogs to network classrooms around the world is a priceless learning activity, in my opinion. Writing for an audience provides incomparable motivation, receiving objective feedback provides authenticity, and engaging in developing as writers with other people promotes relevance and significance. I have blogged before about strategies for developing this network of connected young learners in the post, Engaging and Authentic Student Blogging.
A wild tweet appeared
More recently, during a #teach2blog Twitter chat, a wild tweet appeared:
While I was unable to properly participate in the chat, I did come up with a solution based on the Liebster award. Why not make a Liebster for student bloggers?
Introducing the Noobster
Student bloggers are ‘noobs’, and I think that the negative connotation that accompanies that term in online video games and chat rooms needs to be reappropriated into something positive. A Noobster is awared to student bloggers who are expressing themselves and sharing openly. A Noobster honors their courage as communicators.
The structure for writing a Noobster post is very simple. Be sure to include these directions in yours!
It should include:
-The red Noobster ‘Noob’ image embedded.
-One paragraph linking to the post in which the Noobster was nominated and describing your thoughts about receiving the award.
-Answer five questions about yourself.
-Write five random and interesting facts about yourself.
-Ask five questions to your own Noobster nominees.
-Nominate and link to five other student bloggers, preferably in different classes, to make your own Noobster nominations.
Comment on those five blogs informing the authors that you awarded them with Noobsters so that they can write their own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your Noobster post!
I’m excited to see if this works to help students to connect and get to know each other as authors and audience. Here’s a link to the first Noobster post
. Watch your comment box for your nomination, noobs!