Technology is mainstream in education today. Students have a number of devices and applications available to them, at their fingertips, and engagement is up.
But what about the work they’re doing? One way to boost engagement and make learning more relevant is to bring in an authentic audience for your students. Give them opportunity to share their work beyond their classroom walls.
The Web is a great place to start. Help your students to create Web pages for their work. Weebly and Wix offer great platforms for students, plus they’re free and easy to use. Students can build pages, post their work and then share it with family, friends and – with parent permission – others around the world.
Authentic audiences instill motivation in students to do their best work. When planning your next assignment, think about ways you can share your students’ work beyond your classroom walls.
Brandi Leggett teaches fifth grade for the School District of Philadelphia. She has served in this role for three years and was a third grade teacher for the six years prior. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood Generalist and will be an instructional coach in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas this coming school year. She was named the 2014 Kansas Regional Teacher of the Year. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Temple University and a Master in Education from Arcadia University.
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