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    • Blogging With Students By brensil
    • What is a blog? “ A blog is an interactive Web page where individuals can post entries, articles, links, and pictures, and ask others to join into conversations.” - Alan November
    • How can blogs be used in the elementary classroom?
      • The possibilities are endless!
      • Here are some common uses:
      • Discuss and reflect on learning content
      • Announce upcoming events and reminders
      • Showcase student assignments
      • Create photoblogs of student activities
      • Collaborate and create a resource
    • I wonder how you might use blogs with your students?
    • The positive considerations of blogging with students:
      • It provides an authentic reading and writing experience
      • Students feel an immediate sense of accomplishment
      • Participation is not limited to time or space
      • Students of all personality types might feel more comfortable expressing their ideas
      • It builds a community of lifelong learners
    • Did I mention…..
      • blogging might be FUN!
      • blogs are FREE!!
      • blogs are EASY TO USE!!!
    • However, we need to consider the possible negative aspects of blogging:
      • Students might be reluctant to participate
      • It might be difficult to ensure your blog is read by all intended audience members
      • The teacher is ultimately responsible for updating and monitoring the blog including the comments that are posted
      • Cyber bullying, teasing, and criticism
    • Here are some more important considerations that I am sorting through:
      • Time -The teacher’s commitment to the blog is essential. The teacher must take the time to keep the blog current.
      • Accessibility – Where and when will students have access to the blog?
      • Support – Does the administration support the use of blogs with your students?
      • Safety - Student safety trumps all!
    • Safety Considerations
      • Students can use fictitious names or numbers for blogging to help keep personal information private.
      • Teachers can moderate the content and comments of a blog before it is posted for public viewing.
      • Blogging software is available for purchase by schools to ensure student security and privacy.
    • It is exciting to think - What if….
      • blogging motivates students to learn beyond the classroom limits?
      • the enthusiasm of blogging becomes contagious and more teachers begin blogging with their students too?
      • relationships within the school community improve because of a common interest in blogging?
    • Steps teachers might take before starting a blog with students:
      • 1. Read about blogging.
      • 2. Follow the blogs of teachers that are already using it as an educational tool.
      • 3. Begin your own personal blog.
      • 4. Take a course to learn more about blogs.
    • Some suggested blog sites to get you started:
      • Websites to build a blog:
      • Blogs to follow:
    • Will you try blogging with your students??
    • References
      • Bull, G. & Kajder, S. (2003). Scaffolding for struggling students reading and writing with blogs. Learning and Leading with Technology, 31( 2) 32-35.
      • November, A. (2008). Web literacy for educators. California: Corwin Press.
      • Richardson, W.  (2005, June). New Jersey High School Learns the ABCs of Blogging. T.H.E. Journal, 32(11), 40.  Retrieved June 6, 2010, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 857300571).
      • Shoffner, M.. (2009). Personal Attitudes and Technology: Implications for Preservice Teacher Reflective Practice. Teacher Education Quarterly, 36(2), 143-161.  Retrieved June 6, 2010, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 1868335111).