Last week I received a Tweet from Marialice BFX Curran. She was trying to get Internet users from all over the world to comment on a blog post to demonstrate the power of social media to her education students.
Marialice mentioned that her 7 year-old son, Curran, took a great interest in the project and began to plot on a map every state and country in which commenters lived. This led to Curran wanting to create his own blog so that he, too, could interact with people from around the world.
Because I know:
- that the act of contribution changes people, for the good;
- that digital literacy is a human right; and
- what an extraordinary opportunity it is for students to learn directly from others,
I invited Curran to share his first blog post here. You will find below is the first entry in a life-changing journey for Curran. Please read it, visit Curran’s blog, and leave him a comment and let him know where you are writing from!
My name is Curran and I am seven years old. I live in Connecticut with my mom and dad and two dogs.
I am in the first grade and I just started my first blog, Around the World With Curran.
This weekend I helped my mom blog. She got comments from around the world and I found them on the map. I like to learn about new places and I like to travel. I also like to play baseball and hockey. I am starting my MLB park tour this summer in California. I like animals and sport teams with animals in the logo.
My friend Jerry Pallotta is a children’s book author and I like to write books too. My blog will be a place for me to write and I like to get comments from different places. I keep a list and tally all the locations. Getting comments is like having a lot of penpals. I really like geography and learning new things about new places.
My advice to other kids to start blogging is to write about something you know about already and something that you really like. My advice to teachers is to start a classroom blog. My mom said that KidBlog could be a good place to start and you can get comments from other students and classrooms around the world.
Please read my blog and leave a fun fact about where you live. I hope I can get a fact from all 50 states and around the world too.