Blogs & Wikis  in the Classroom Susannah Azzaro & Lauren Fee Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio
<ul><li>“ [E]very educator needs to understand the potential impact of these tools…because our students will be using them...
What is a Blog? <ul><li>What is it?  </li></ul><ul><li>Short for ‘weblog’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Empty book” </li></ul><ul><l...
Blogs in the Classroom <ul><li>Access to relevant materials  </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with absent students </li></u...
Advantages of Using Blogs <ul><li>Instant publishing  </li></ul><ul><li>Free or little cost </li></ul><ul><li>Comment feat...
Wikis <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Free online writing space </li></ul><ul><li>Allows multiple authors to add, up...
A Formula for Bringing the World to You <ul><li>Syndicated Content  (e.g., blogs, anything with RSS Feed) </li></ul><ul><l...
Thank you! ITSCO 1-800-398-7675 Susannah Azzaro [email_address] Lauren Fee [email_address]
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    1. 1. Blogs & Wikis in the Classroom Susannah Azzaro & Lauren Fee Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ [E]very educator needs to understand the potential impact of these tools…because our students will be using them (or newer iterations) more and more, and because the underlying concepts they are built on are tremendously important. The social connections that students are now making on the Web, the ability to share and contribute ideas and work, the new expectation of collaboration, the ability to truly extend the walls of our classroom…these ideas are at the core of this new Web. As educators, it’s imperative we understand the implications of these capabilities for our classrooms.” (p. viii) </li></ul><ul><li>- Will Richardson </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Blog? <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Short for ‘weblog’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Empty book” </li></ul><ul><li>Commenting feature </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus Academy PD blog </li></ul><ul><li>AP Calculus </li></ul><ul><li>6th Grade Homework blog </li></ul>
    4. 4. Blogs in the Classroom <ul><li>Access to relevant materials </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with absent students </li></ul><ul><li>Increased parent involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Continue discussions outside classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A with guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Post prompts for writing </li></ul><ul><li>Publish examples of good student writing </li></ul>
    5. 5. Advantages of Using Blogs <ul><li>Instant publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Free or little cost </li></ul><ul><li>Comment features </li></ul><ul><li>Work for any subject </li></ul><ul><li>Give everyone a voice </li></ul><ul><li>Promote ownership of work </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection on process </li></ul><ul><li>Comments incite excitement </li></ul>
    6. 6. Wikis <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Free online writing space </li></ul><ul><li>Allows multiple authors to add, update, edit </li></ul><ul><li>The process is the product </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Manage school and class documents </li></ul><ul><li>Use as a presentation tool </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Holocaust Page </li></ul><ul><li>5th Grade Book Study Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Model Schools Wiki </li></ul>
    7. 7. A Formula for Bringing the World to You <ul><li>Syndicated Content (e.g., blogs, anything with RSS Feed) </li></ul><ul><li>+ </li></ul><ul><li>News Aggregator (e.g., Bloglines, Google Reader) </li></ul><ul><li>= </li></ul><ul><li>The World in the Palm of Your Hands </li></ul><ul><li>Susannah's Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search/Technorati </li></ul>
    8. 8. Thank you! ITSCO 1-800-398-7675 Susannah Azzaro [email_address] Lauren Fee [email_address]

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