Blogging for a better classroom


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Understand how to incorporate blogging into your classroom and improve writing along with some tricks from teacher and edublogger Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher.

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  • The Internet came along in the early 1990’s but only was an information source for schools because web pages were difficult to create and required knowledge of HTML programming. Because of the difficulty and expense, schools did not publish on the Internet, so this first internet is often called the read only internet or Web 1.0.
  • Now, we have entered a phase of the Internet called Web 2.0 or the Read/ Write web. Because of the decreasing cost of using electronic tools Students, teachers, administrators, and publishers are now turning in pen and paper and using a whole array of electronic tools
  • with such strange names as blogs, wikis, podcasts, and a whole new way for students, administrators, and teachers to network called social networking. Don’t worry if these names sounds confusing, when we get done with this tutorial, you’ll be on the way to becoming as familiar with these tools as you are now with paper, pencil, and textbook. As a classroom teacher, I was nervous when I learned of these tools and considered them for my classroom,
  • Teachers like me (and now you) can now chronicle our journey and best practices to share with others on our own blog. WE will learn more about blogs later but for now, it is a way to communicate as an individual or group electronically without knowing any programming.
  • under creative commons attribution 2.0: of photo -
  • And that is what I suggest for you to do today. (Worksheet) – You’ll notice I have marked on your worksheet for today “My top three things to try when I return.” Your assignment from this workshop is to take three things back to your room that you will use THIS WEEK! You can’t swallow all of these things whole, you’ll choke. You’ve got grades to do and a lot of things going on… start with three.
  • Blogging for a better classroom

    1. 1. Blogging for a better classroom Vicki Davis, Teacher Handouts
    2. 2. Web 1.0 The Read Only WebSource: The Wayback Machine
    3. 3. Web 2.0 The tools in school are changing again. The Read/ Write Web
    4. 4. Web 2.0 • Blogs • Wikis • Podcasts • Social Networking • Tagging • RSS
    5. 5. Every teacher needs an RSS Reader• Google reader –• Netvibes –• PageFlakes – http://www.pageflakes.comNote: I did a Web 2.0 workshop series for Atomic Learning – if you have a subscription you can learn more there.
    6. 6. What is a Blog?
    7. 7. Do blogs matter? “The Internet’s first scalp.” John Podhertz, The New York Post I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either. — Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, Dec. 5, 2002
    8. 8. Media’s ResponseA Kennedy school of journalism study found:“A certain receptivity in the bloggers allowed judgment in the press to correct itself.”[1][1] Rosen, Jay. "The Legend of Trent Lott and the Weblogs." Pressthink: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine 15 Mar 2004 05 Jun 2006 <>.
    9. 9. Blogs and the media!
    10. 10. Societal Shift“ When the smoke cleared, mainstream journalism’s authority was weakened.[1][1] Pein, Corey. "Blog-Gate." Columbia Journalism Review 1: January/February2005 05 Jun 2006 <>.
    11. 11. Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2011
    12. 12. Web + Log = Blog
    13. 13. Blog Anatomy • Post (the entry) • Comments • The Sidebar • The RSS Feed • About the Author • License
    14. 14. Places for Classes to Blog••• Youth Voices – High School Kids•••
    15. 15. My blogs••• oolcatteacher – gs/beginning-of-project-blog-post••
    16. 16. Video + Blogging = Vlogging
    17. 17. What about bad comments?• Moderated comments – It takes time to show up.• Spam comments – Require you to enter letters to make sure you’re human. – “Authentication code”
    18. 18. Elementary Blogging• Mark Ahlness – Mighty Writers – =41233• Al Upton’s Mini Legends – – His Students are on the right side
    19. 19. 10 Habits of Bloggers That Win (What to teach students about blogging)
    20. 20. Habit #1 Have a “voice” Blog Like a Pirate My new one “blog like a “blue Man” (Avatar)
    21. 21. Classroom “Voices” areEducated Ones• No IM speak• Make it clear what part of the assignment you’re doing (Headings)• Spell check (Firefox)
    22. 22. Habit #2 Hyperlink words that need explanation. (Contextual Linking)
    23. 23. The manual way to do it!
    24. 24. Habit #3 Have a tempting title. Catchy Informative Piques Curiosity Explains a little bitSee
    25. 25. Which blog post will you read?• A paragraph I read today• Ipods: Killing the CD as we Know it• Gesture Based Computing Assignment• Murdering the Mouse: The Future of Gesture Based Computing
    26. 26. Habit #4 Write and cut in half.(Write fast and then edit it down and reorganize.)
    27. 27. Exception• The “How to” Post• Then be very specific, give examples, show pictures, screenshots, tutorials.
    28. 28. Habit #5Don’t post till they can see the white with their eyes. (White space)
    29. 29. Habit #6Write first, format second.
    30. 30. Important formatting• Headings• Bullets• Quotations• Italics (sparingly)• Color (for emphasis) Did I say WHITE SPACE?
    31. 31. Habit #7Paint a picture!
    32. 32. Places to Find Pictures• Creative Commons• Wikimedia Commons :Images• Flickr –• Cool Iris Add In - US/firefox/addon/5579/
    33. 33. Screenshots & Videos• Jing – (Screencast)• Fireshot – Screenshots on web• Win 7 Snipping tool – Screenshots• Camtasia – Screencasting• Students should know how to embed
    34. 34. Other add ins• Graphic Organizers – – Graphics • and-contrasting
    35. 35. Habit #8 Before you bag it, tag it! Pull Technologies - Use a Tag “pln”
    36. 36. Habit #9Ping and Participate! Ping your friends! (for adults)
    37. 37. Ping Search Engines•• Only ping if you WANT to be found!• People you link to will follow trackbacks to YOUR BLOG!! So get ready!
    38. 38. Make it easy for others to Ping your content• Tweetmeme /about/retweet_button
    39. 39. Engage in ConversationReply to those who comment to you!Disqus
    40. 40. Commenting People read You your comment comments PeoplePeople read follow your your Comments blog to Your blog
    41. 41. Habit #10 Get the stats back! Blogger is internal
    42. 42. The great need for meaning • We want a global audience. • Must be done wisely and safely.
    43. 43. Where do I go from here? Start blogging!!Every expert was once a beginner.