Blogging in the K-12 Classroom

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Blogging in the K-12 Classroom

  1. 1. Blogging in the K-12 Classroom By Ashley Sikayun ED 480 – Ed Tech Spring 2009
  2. 2. What is a “blog?” <ul><li>Short for “web log” </li></ul><ul><li>An online journal </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for interaction between </li></ul><ul><li>the writer and the readers </li></ul><ul><li>through comments </li></ul><ul><li>Includes articles, images, video, links to other sites, and comments </li></ul><ul><li>Many types of blogs – personal, entertainment, business, media/news, educational, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 70 million blogs on the web </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogs vs. Websites <ul><li>Blogs are easier to update and maintain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog entries are automatically posted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of ready-made templates for customization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs encourage discussion easily through allowing comments </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can be easily accessed and updated from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of hosting websites to chose from: blogger.com , livejournal.com , wordpress.com , etc . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why use blogging in the classroom? <ul><li>Interactive – encourages discussion </li></ul><ul><li>and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate technology </li></ul><ul><li>Huge motivator for students </li></ul><ul><li>Share classroom happening’s with parents, </li></ul><ul><li>relatives, and other students from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to practice writing and reading skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>article on Engaging Boys in Reading and Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Document and showcase student work for others to evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Great source for lessons, activities & encouragement for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Gets students to WRITE, REACT, & SHARE </li></ul>
  5. 5. How can you use blogging? <ul><li>Post writing prompts or journaling topics for students to respond to </li></ul><ul><li>Assign groups of students to do a post on special school events or a summary of a classroom unit </li></ul><ul><li>Have students respond to a reading and reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with another school blog and have students respond to each others’ posts </li></ul><ul><li>Have students report on the progress </li></ul><ul><li>of an ongoing group project </li></ul><ul><li>Many, many more ideas </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogging Safety <ul><li>Be aware of the </li></ul><ul><li>school’s Acceptable Use Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students blogging etiquette and blogging safety </li></ul><ul><li>Have clear expectations, rules, and consequences for student blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Use “gated blogs” where teachers can approve posts and comments before they are published </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for online safety </li></ul>
  7. 7. Creating a classroom blog <ul><li>5 educational blogging tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21 Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class Blogmeister </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs / Learnerblogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaggle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TeachersFirst for overview and comparison </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sample Classroom Blogs <ul><li>Mr. Brune’s 5 th Grade Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cassidy’s 1 st Grade Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own classroom blog tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>from Educational Tech in the Classroom </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sources <ul><li>Creating a Science Classroom Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging Basics by Lorrie Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>www.eductionworld.com/a_teach/techtorial </li></ul><ul><li>TeachersFirst http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Technology in the Classroom http://www.blog.classroomteacher.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Online Safety http://ps130.wordpress.com/online-safety/ </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Brune’s 5 th Grade Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cassidy’s 1 st Grade Blog </li></ul>

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