3 Strategies for Building an Authentic Audience for Your Student’s Work

Building authentic audience is an essential technique for 21st century teachers. Linda Yollis, a 27 year elementary teacher shares with us how she uses social media in the classroom.  Using their class blog and teacher's social media connections, Linda's students write for the world. Let's learn as Linda Yollis @lindayollis, classroom blogging extraordinaire, shares how she engages her students using blogging.

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Linda Yollis – Show #49 – Trial and Error: 3 Strategies for Building an Authentic Audience for Your Student's Work

Linda Yollis, 3rd grade teacher, finds using social media with students can be incorporated into many content areas.

Teaching with Twitter

In one instance, she posted out a question on Twitter asking what the weather was like for other people. She and her students received many responses from around the world, incorporating geography, math, English, reading, science all into the answers.

Classroom Blogging

Linda is excited about learning and finds this is contagious and has spread to her students. She does incorporate digital safety along with teaching subjects like coding, which she learns right along with her students. Their blog is a classroom activity to which the students contribute. Students write posts, comments, add code, and pictures of the day.

About Linda Yollis: Linda is an award winning teacher, having won the several Edublogger Awards, earned the Google Certified Teacher designation, and Digital Voice Awards. Her class blog is nominated for a Bammy Award this year and she keynoted last year at San Luis Obispo County Computer Using Educator's conference.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Alicia September 24, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Love the idea of using almost instant responses from Twitter for data collection!

Vicki Davis September 26, 2014 - 5:57 am

A great idea! I agree!! Lots of teachers are starting to use Twitter by having a classroom Twitter account. Let me know if you try this out!

Andrea Leyden September 25, 2014 - 5:58 am

Hi Vicki and Linda, thanks for sharing your tips with everyone. Students have a massive opportunity before them to let their work be seen by people all over the world. I’m actually based in Dublin, Ireland and have been reading some of the stories on Mrs. Yollis’ class blog. One idea for class blogs is to share ideas an resources for important days such as Columbus day which is coming up. I see that you are using your blog to teach your students coding also which is great. You have so much content on your blog and a large audience so it is a great place for your students to say goodbye when they move on to a new class. Keep ’em coming!

Vicki Davis September 26, 2014 - 5:55 am

Linda is doing a fantastic job!! So proud to know her! She runs a great blog for people to read and see what can be done with kids!

Andrea Leyden September 26, 2014 - 5:59 am

I absolutely agree with you but you also run an amazing blog for teachers too, well don Vicki!

Vicki Davis September 28, 2014 - 11:41 am

Cool Rebecca! Tell me more! Tell us more!

Rebecca Leech September 28, 2014 - 6:01 pm

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