BLOGGING AND THE
A brief overview
WHAT IS A BLOG?
Short for web log.
An instructional or informative format for creating your own
Shared (usually) publicly.
Interactive via commenting and/or with group authorship.
A Smidge of History
Blogging has its origins in how information was shared via message boards
and forums as far back as the early 1990’s. The first blog is considered to
be a blog that was started by a man named Justin Hall who created what
for him was a diary of daily events and thoughts, plus links to information
that he thought would simply be fun to share with friends. His blog is still
in existence today and can be found at his original website called simply
enough, links.net (Thompson, 2006).
How does blogging connect to Education?
Educators ~ Educators can use blogs to find and share ideas for
lesson plans, professional development, and dialogue with other
Students ~ Students can use blogs to create their own
content, experiential learning, peer review and revise, and
improve reading and writing skills.
Transliteracy is defined as “The ability to derive meaning from the
use of various media” and “emphasizes the importance of
connections between users and information tools”
(Dunaway, 2011, p.679). In the podcast “The Behavior of Finding
Information”, Lynn Connaway and Erin Hood of the Online
Computer Library, Inc. (OCLC) discuss how people engage
technology. They classify people into two groups: visitors and
residents. Visitors are those who use the web as a tool, and residents
are those who have an online presence. Any person can behave in
either of these modes depending on their use (Bayne, 2013). Using
blogs as a way to teach enables students to operate as both a
visitor, and a resident. And in this capacity they are becoming
Six Traits to Blog Writing
What can I have my student’s do with blogs?
Word of the Day (Bell Work)
Historical Timeline blogs
Virtual Museum blogs
The list goes on and on!
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and
evaluate content presented in diverse media and
formats, including visually and quantitatively, as
well as in words.
technology, including the Internet, to produce and
publish writing and to interact and collaborate with
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