This week I decided to put that plan into action and create a blog for one of my social studies classes who have an exam coming up. I structured this blog to have a review activity in every post. In fact, I scheduled some posts to publish over the next week so the students won't have all of the review activities at once. To satisfy the requirements of this week's artifact, I included a video tutorial on how to subscribe to its RSS feed and how to use Feedly as an RSS reader. I introduced the review blog to my students and they seemed receptive. I am positive that this will work quite well, and I plan on monitoring the page views each post receives to gage the effectiveness of my idea. I will be looking for a correlation between the page views of the posts and the how well the students do on the corresponding concepts of the exam.
I learned quite a few things creating this artifact. I learned how to create a script/storyboard which proved to be very helpful. I learned how to make a screen cast which is something I wanted to do for quite some time, and I learned how to use RSS and incorporate it in my teaching. I am noticing that my classmates and I are showing considerable growth and we are becoming more comfortable with the technological tools introduced to us since starting ED Tech 501. I appreciate being able to use what I am learning in this class at work with my students.
Here is the video tutorial I created for my students.
If you are interested, you can access the blog I created for exam review here.