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  • 1. Blogging With Students By brensil
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. I wonder how you might use blogs with your students?
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Did I mention…..
    • blogging might be FUN!
    • blogs are FREE!!
    • blogs are EASY TO USE!!!
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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!
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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?
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Some suggested blog sites to get you started:
    • Websites to build a blog:
    • www.edublogs.org
    • www.blogger.com
    • http://www.classchatter.com/
    • Blogs to follow:
    • www.weblogg-ed.com
    • http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/
    • http://weblogs.pbspaces.com/mrskolbert/
  • 13. Will you try blogging with your students??
  • 14. 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).