Assigning & Assessing Student Blogs
 
blogs in the classroom on-line student journal
to be educationally valid,  <ul><ul><li>innovative instructional technology should fill previously identified need… </li><...
concern over decline in quality of class discussions: <ul><li>larger class sizes made it impossible for every student to s...
blog as … a (public) reading log
Reading Logs <ul><li>promotes class discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ensures readings are  read  for class </li></ul></ul>...
Reading Logs <ul><li>peer correction of misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>authentic feedback on assigned readings for instr...
Scoring <ul><li>1 mark for substantial (150 words or more) posting prior to relevant class </li></ul><ul><li>1 mark for co...
Potential problems <ul><li>blogger software can eat student submissions </li></ul><ul><li>students ‘reserve comment’ in cl...
 
Safety issues <ul><li>Student blogs can be read by anyone  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can give too many personal detai...
learning communities within and between classrooms <ul><li>European Mobility project </li></ul><ul><li>On-line portfolios ...
 
keeping parents informed <ul><li>Effortless daily updating of agenda, up coming events, homework assignments, announcement...
After sales service <ul><li>Keep alumni informed; updates </li></ul><ul><li>Network with practitioners in the field </li><...
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  • -fast and easy (no tech knowledge required) way to produce and update webpage -usually used for personal diary, journalistic columns -kitty blogs… -- many educational applications, most of which are not obvious
  • Assigning and Assessing Blog Assignments

    1. 1. Assigning & Assessing Student Blogs
    2. 3. blogs in the classroom on-line student journal
    3. 4. to be educationally valid, <ul><ul><li>innovative instructional technology should fill previously identified need… </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. concern over decline in quality of class discussions: <ul><li>larger class sizes made it impossible for every student to speak in class </li></ul><ul><li>students not doing readings prior to class </li></ul><ul><li>majority coasting on a few vocal students </li></ul><ul><li>inauthentic agreement with (assumed) instructor views </li></ul>
    5. 6. blog as … a (public) reading log
    6. 7. Reading Logs <ul><li>promotes class discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ensures readings are read for class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students take a stand before class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>going public increases authenticity of responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comment function extends class discussion beyond class time </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Reading Logs <ul><li>peer correction of misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>authentic feedback on assigned readings for instructor </li></ul><ul><li>generate quotes, discussion questions for next year </li></ul><ul><li>asynchronous grading and feedback </li></ul>
    8. 9. Scoring <ul><li>1 mark for substantial (150 words or more) posting prior to relevant class </li></ul><ul><li>1 mark for content related to reading / course content </li></ul><ul><li>1 mark for attracting or making a comment </li></ul><ul><li>= 3 marks total per posting; 10 postings over the term = /30 marks </li></ul>
    9. 10. Potential problems <ul><li>blogger software can eat student submissions </li></ul><ul><li>students ‘reserve comment’ in class discussion </li></ul><ul><li>exchanges can be ‘blind leading the blind’ </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for cheating(?) </li></ul><ul><li>need to set up web page with links to blogs </li></ul>
    10. 12. Safety issues <ul><li>Student blogs can be read by anyone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can give too many personal details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality of student work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can ask blogger software not to index </li></ul>
    11. 13. learning communities within and between classrooms <ul><li>European Mobility project </li></ul><ul><li>On-line portfolios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo, video, and art blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>literacy and numeracy samples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pen pal style exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Theme based blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>43 things </li></ul></ul>
    12. 15. keeping parents informed <ul><li>Effortless daily updating of agenda, up coming events, homework assignments, announcements, requests for volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Comment function allows for Q and A </li></ul><ul><li>Archived automatically </li></ul>
    13. 16. After sales service <ul><li>Keep alumni informed; updates </li></ul><ul><li>Network with practitioners in the field </li></ul>
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