It is sometimes hard for children to see how global their work can spread. Throwing numbers around doesn't always enthuse the children to carry on blogging. Over the past week I have tried a little experiment to try and give the children a visual picture of the global audience available through sharing work online.
Just over a week ago, two classes from my school made their own versions of the latest internet meme - Harlem Shake. Here was our effort:
I then provided the children with a blank world map:
If this is how many people watched you dance for 30 seconds imagine how many would read a story? 100 word challenge? or more?
Most blogs have tools that will show maps of where visitors have come from, Clustrmaps for example. I chose to use the video as I hoped it would be able to give us a quick and concise picture of the potential audience by using a popular and current trend. The idea was to inspire the children to blog and I believe it has definitely served that purpose well. It also provided the children with a great opportunity to learn about different countries around the world.
Thanks to @SimonHaughton who managed to record the part of the show where we were featured: