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Module 6  Technology In Education 2 Module 6 Technology In Education 2 Presentation Transcript

  • Technology in Education Blogging in the Classroom
  • Menu
    • Definition of Blogging
    • How can you use this tool in the classroom
    • What do you need to start
    • Tips for keeping kids safe
    • What can schools do to keep kids safe
    • Personal reflections
    • Conclusion
  • Definition of Blogging
    • Blogging, otherwise known as Web logging
    • Online journal
    • Similar to a traditional diary
    • Contain thoughts of the writer (wishes, likes, dislikes, daily events, personal information)
    • Can add pictures, audio and video
    • Anyone can publish a blog
      • Peter Scott, Internet Librarian 2001
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  • How can you use this tool in the classroom?
    • Class website for organizing classroom work
    • Teacher can set up as “group blogs” for collaborative discussions and reflections
    • Students can set up a personal blog for publishing writing or reflections on learning
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  • Classroom use continued…
    • Can help create a paperless classroom where the blog becomes an online filing space for student to archive their work.
    • Useful self and teacher assessment tools.
    • Grover, Shuchi “Blogging in the Classroom.” Digital Learning. November 2007 (http://www.digitallearning.in/articles)
  • What do I think?
    • I loved this article. It gave me so many useful ideas on incorporating “blogging” in the classroom. I particularly loved the idea of being able to help create a paperless classroom. With this idea, I can help incorporate some elements of “being green” without even trying. This can only add another dimension to teaching.
  • What do you need to start blogging?
    • Jackson, Lorrie Blogging? It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson. April 13, 2005 ( http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tech/tech217.dhyml )
    • Elementary Teachers
      • KidzBlog
        • Affordable
        • Secure
        • Simple
        • Downloads available for both Windows and MAC
        • Password protection that teacher must enter
    • Middle School and High School Teachers
      • Blogger or Live Journal
        • Web-based
        • Simple
        • Not specific to education community
        • Missing some supervisory features
  • What you need continued….
    • The simplest way to begin
      • Blogmeister
        • Developed by David Warlick, founder of the Landmark Project
        • Free online blogging tool
        • No software to install
        • Teacher sets up account, reviews student post and approves
    • For the advanced techie
      • Thingamablog
        • Runs on Windows, MAC or Linux
        • Requires a web site hosted on a school, district or third party server
  • Can I do this?
    • No problem! This article gave me insight to the many different ways to set up a blog. I was able to check out some of these sites and my favorite was Blogmeister. Please click the link below to check out the website.
    • http://www.classblogmeister.com/
  • Tips for keeping kids safe
    • All information on Keeping Kids Safe can be found on WiredSafety.org
    • Tips for kids/teens
      • Put everything behind password protected walls, where only friends can see
      • Protect your password
      • Blur or morph your photos a bit so they won't be abused by cyberbullies or predators
      • Don't post anything your parents, principal or a predator couldn't see
      • What you post online stays online - forever!!!!
      • Protect your privacy and your friends' privacy too...get their okay before posting something about them or their pic online
      • That cute 14-year old boy may not be cute, may not be 14 and may not be a boy! You never know!
      • And, unless you’re prepared to attach your Blog/MySpace to your college/job/internship/scholarship or sports team application…don’t post it publicly!
  • Tips continued…..
    • For parents and teachers
      • Talk to your kids – ask questions!
      • Ask to see their profile page
      • Don't panic…there are ways of keeping your kids safe online.
      • Be involved and work with others in your community.
      • It’s not an invasion of their privacy if strangers can see it. There is a difference between reading their paper diary that is tucked away in their sock drawer…and reading their Blog/MySpace.
      • Don’t believe everything you read online
  • What can schools do to keep kids safe?
    • According the Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, Nancy Willard, schools need to do the following things listed below
      • Develop a clear policy with a strong focus on educationally valuable use of the Internet
      • Educate students on online safety and responsible use
      • Effective technical monitoring
      • Appropriate consequences for misuse
    • Willard, Nancy “Schools and Online Social Networking.” Education World.
    • April 12, 2006 (www.educationworld.com/a_issues/issues/issues423.shtml)
  • Personal reflection on blogging in the classroom
    • Some Pros
      • Enables students to improve writing through technology
      • Actively engage students and garner high levels of interest
      • Keep up with the ever growing world of technology
    • Some Cons
      • Must make sure you know what your students are doing, saying and writing at all times
      • Permission from parents administrators may be a challenge
  • Reflections continued…..
    • I think that using blogs in the classroom is an excellent tool. While I only put a few pros and cons, I think the pros far outweigh the cons and I am excited about using this tool in my classroom someday.
  • Conclusion
    • Because of the ease of use, the ever growing need to support technology in the classroom and the fun, creative components to blogging that are available to students, this tool is essential. While the dangers of blogging are present, with the proper software and supervision it can be managed properly and effectively.