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Blogging In the Elementary Classroom

Blogging In the Elementary Classroom



This powerpoint was developed for teachers at Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School to encourage using student blogs as a tool in the classroom.

This powerpoint was developed for teachers at Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School to encourage using student blogs as a tool in the classroom.



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  • Discuss how we used blogging this year as a part of our reading workshop rotations. <br /> Discuss how we got other teachers involved in blogging. Mrs. Phillips was great! <br />
  • We need students to be well prepared for tomorrow’s job force. We know that technology and typing skills are important. Rather than typing, just to learn how to type, students can learn how to type by blogging. <br /> Students need to be comfortable with technology – blogging is one way to get them on computers/ipads more, so that they are. <br />
  • This is a great visual! <br /> Blogging hits all of those higher order thinking skills (creation, collaboration, ect). <br />
  • Show Kidblog – how would the students log on. <br /> I haven’t used the other blogging sites listed, but they may be a better fit for you/your class. <br />
  • Class Versus Individual Blogs <br /> We started in September and my students each had their own blog. <br /> Individual blogs are probably not practical in K-1. <br />
  • The first few times of blogging, it was whole class. Patience is KEY! The students are slow typists, terrible with punctuation, and have a lot of questions the first few times. Very quickly they became very comfortable and after a few whole class sessions, students began blogging once a week as a part of their reading rotations. Students were required to write a post about the text they read, but they could also respond to their classmates’ posts. Students LOVE it! Often blogged at home! <br />
  • The possibilities are endless! Students need to view blogging as a communication tool. Many of my students would blog at home about their birthdays, families, hobbies, anything really. They just wanted to share. This created true dialogue between students because their classmates would respond to their posts (making connections). <br />
  • I don’t pretend to know anything about Kindergarten and I know very little about 1st grade, so these are just a few ideas I thought you might be able to try. Responsibility for many of these will fall back on the teacher – at lease a the beginning of the year. <br />

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  • Blogging in the Elementary Classroom Presented By: Emily Schmidt Coltrane Webb STEM School, Cabarrus County Schools June 18, 2013
  • What is a blog? • A blog is an online journal that can be used to share news, ideas/thoughts, photos, and much more. • Blogging allows students to post entries, upload pictures and video.
  • Why blog? • Blogging gives students an authentic audience. • “Research has long shows that students write more, write in greater detail, and take greater care with spelling, grammar and punctuation, when they are writing to an authentic audience over the internet.” ~Lorrie Jackson, Education World • The blog entries that they write can be read and responded to by classmates, teachers, and parents.
  • Benefits to Blogging • Students develop technological literacy. • Students learn to be ethical digital citizens • Students develop writing skills and voice • Students are engaged • Students can make global connections • Students practice typing skills
  • Benefits to Blogging • Image from: http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/12/25/creating-an-outline-for-blogging-unit-plan/
  • Blogging Websites • KidBlog.org - My Personal Favorite!! • You can use your cabarrus apps account to log in to Kidblog • EduBlogs • Classblogmeister • 21Classes
  • Class or Individual Blogs? Classroom Blogs Individual Blogs •Teacher can write posts and •Students have ownership over students can add comments. all content on their blog. •Students can be guest bloggers. •This is a great way to keep parents/families informed of classroom news. •Ideal for K-1 •Create an online portfolio of work and shows evidence of student growth. •Students have more freedom in what they choose to write about.
  • Blogging Tips • Establish Rules/Procedures for posting and commenting to posts • Model how to write a blog post or show students examples of student blogs • Make blogging a part of your regular schedule (rotations, center, morning work).
  • Blog About... • Books - Reader Response • Science Topics • Writing Prompts • How to Articles... • Free/Creative Writing • Field Trips • Respond to a content related question
  • K-1 Ideas • Fill in the blank prompts • Today, we learned about _____. • My favorite food is ______. • Video Blogs • Upload Pictures of student work/drawings • Student Photographer - Assign a student to be the class photographer daily or weekly. • Students write captions to go with the photos.
  • Students write a blog post. Then, teachers and other students can respond.
  • Students Can Respond to Questions You Pose
  • Students Can Respond to Questions You Pose
  • Questions?? • Any questions?? • If you want to create a blog for next year, I’m happy to help you set it up once we get our classes next year. Just let me know.
  • Just A Few More Things The next few slides have examples and a few tips for blogging.
  • A Few Examples • Kindergarten • Rubrics for Blogs • Blogging Ideas • More Blogging Ideas
  • Establish Rules for Blogging Be Safe Don’t use your last name. Don’t give specific details when writing about yourself. Never give out your address or phone number. Do not post pictures without permission. Be Respectful Don’t say anything taht might be offensive to someone else. Be considerate of others. When commenting, show others that you have read what they have written by saying more than just “good job.” Be Literate Write in complete sentences, using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.