“Becoming Clickable” refers to increasing the traffic to your website. The more that people interact with your site, the more “clickable” it is. Without question, the majority of bloggers and social network users want to become as clickable as possible.
“The best lesson plans align a student’s desire to learn
with the teacher’s learning objectives.”
This lesson plan is about how teachers can very easily and effectively use this desire to “Become Clickable” to their advantage with students in the blogging classroom. As always I’ll show you how it works on PikiFriends, but it can certainly be adapted for other settings.
In the Blogging Classroom, Teachers Want to Teach:
- Writing processes
- Critical reading
- Peer evaluation and interaction
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology integration
And Students Want to Learn: (even if they don’t realize it yet)
- How to “Become Clickable”
The cherry on top: the best way to “Become Clickable” is to be a great writer, reader, collaborator, critic, and digital citizen! This means your students will want to work on these skills because it gets them the clicks. Everyone wins, and I’ve seen it year after year in my classes.
Setting: 2-5 classroom periods of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students, no computers needed. It’s assumed that students are already members of a blog.
English level: Upper beginner to fluent
Age: 10 and up
Objectives: 1) To teach the challenging goal of having a popular MyStage (profile) page. 2) To take the PikiFriends User Type Test for self-reflection and to encourage proper use. 3) To help students recognize the importance of building their profile page in interesting ways, focusing on good content, being a good team/community member and being more curious, inquisitive, friendly and open-minded.
Materials: PikiFriends curriculum textbook pages and worksheets (see below)
Step 1: Teach the concept of “Becoming Clickable”
Explain it and brainstorm what it takes to get more clicks.
Step 2: Self-evaluation
The PikiFriends curriculum features a “user type test”, 40 questions about their personalities and their PikiFriends user habits. I’ve had a lot of luck doing this in pairs, with each person reading the questions to the other, allowing for a lot of speaking and listening output. With this method there’s the added challenge of the questioner changing “I” to “you”, “my” to “your”, etc.
When they’ve calculated their results, they can find out their “user type”. There are 4 ‘good’ and 4 ‘not-so-good’ types, the latter of which include advice on how to improve. Students are usually very interested in these results!
Step 3: Teach tips on how to become more clickable
Expand upon the results. Discuss. Give real examples of users who get more clicks, or popular people in the blogosphere. Have them give presentations about their own results and have them give concrete steps they’ll take to improve. Use the worksheet below if appropriate.
“Get out there and be an active PikiFriends user!”
Teachers always want students to get more ENGAGED in class, because the more active they are, the better the acquisition of objectives. For classroom blogging, if you spend a little time teaching the concept of “Becoming Clickable”, students will increase their motivation to work on the important educational aspects of blogging. You’ll see skill improvement as they try harder to get the clicks they deserve.