Monday, March 16, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Share Student Work....Digitally

This week in our digital storytelling class we are talking about the importance of sharing student work, and since this is a technology class we are focusing on sharing projects digitally.  I recognize that you can always find reasons for or against something, so this blog post is going to focus on reasons for sharing projects digitally. I received input from my fellow ed techs and created a top 10 list for sharing student work.

Note: Make sure that before you have students share anything online you have principal and parent approval.  The last thing you would want to do is have students share work without getting the proper permissions.

10.  Promote Safety and Responsibility
We live in an over-share world, and many kids aren't aware of the dangers that are present when they share things to the internet.  Sharing projects online can help teachers educate students and parents about digital safety and citizenship, and also it can be an effective way to teach students how to share quality work, and how to do so safely and responsibly.
9.  Spark Ideas
Shared projects give other student (and teachers), world-wide, ideas on what they can do in their own classrooms.  Sharing can spark an idea for anyone that watches or views the shared projects.
8.  Confidence
Sharing work can help boost students confidence. Many students will even develop a sense of pride of the work they are sharing.  However, be sensitive to the needs of your individual students.  For some, sharing can be a cause for anxiety.  If sharing openly, online is not for a particular student find another way he/she can share within the classroom or to family members.  
7.  Larger Audience
Sharing online allows projects to be shared with a wider audience. Friends and family all over the world can see what the students are creating.   
6.  Students Work Harder
Many students will put in more of an effort if they know their work is going to be viewed by more than the teacher and even mom and dad. Many students will work harder because they know that they will be sharing their work with their peers, and could even be seen by people who have similar interests.
5.  Accomplishment
Students (and teachers!) will have a sense of accomplishment when they see their finished product. This goes with helping students build confidence about what they have created.  They will be proud to show others what was created. 
4.  Celebration
We celebrate every athletic achievement like it makes all the difference in the world. Shouldn't we celebrate academic achievement and projects just as much. We’ll never have trophy cases, but we have lots of avenues for sharing projects. 
Standard 2 says, “Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.”
“Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.”
Standard 5 says that teachers should contribute! “Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.”
If teachers want their students to share, they should set the example and share their creations/projects as well.  Every reason listed in this top 10 list also applies to teachers.
1.  Sharing is Caring
Finding ways for students to share their work is a way to show them that you actually care about the final product, and that they show off what they have done.  You are letting them know to be proud of their work.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post, Camille. I do believe that when students know that their work will be seen by a real audience, it improves their dedication to the work and the quality of what they create. Sharing digitally gives them an instant audience without having to plan a big event.