Promoting Awareness of a Global Audience

Statcounter (see my post “Ten Habits of Bloggers that Win” on how to set it up) has a great new feature called “Recent User Google Map.” I've started going onto my class blogs and printing out these maps so that students can see all of the locations that are visiting their blogs. I have also added a button called “View My stats” on the blogs. Students can go see the maps.

We are a little behind on our scribe posts. My students just like to use the wiki for everything because they can work together. We'll see if I can get it going better in my classes or if I need to just stick with the wiki and classblogmeister for my student questions of the week.

To the left is my door. It shows the Stats from my blog and my two student blogs as well as the stats for our wiki. (We're getting over 40,000 hits a month.) I also printed out the recent commetns from Canada and highlighted the portions that I wanted my computer science students to view.

You would not believe how much these comments have encouraged my students to do more. (See my recent post “Wikis and the Power of Peer Review.”) I truly think this is an amazing untapped resource.

What is on your door to encourage students to understand our emerging global Internet community?

It doesn't have to be fancy! The perceived (and real) global audience is a powerful motivator. (Ask any blogger.)

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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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txdave September 29, 2006 - 6:22 pm

I like your motivation and worldview.

I have blogs that are aimed at teachers/parents, among others.

I have several blogs, which have unique designs, hot color, large font formats, really different, and also great photos.

Hope you and your readers will take a look at something unusual, interesting reading to, some say.

gregcarroll September 30, 2006 - 8:39 am

Hi Vicki
I agree about making the audience overt! This is particularly important the younger the children get. We use Clustr maps for our class blogs ( for Y0-Y6), podcast feeds etc. The power of the kids being able to see straight away that they really do have a real, global audience is profound.
It is also neat that some of the wee red blobs are readily identifiable as relatives or friends of class members who live overseas.

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