Blogging in the Classroom

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  • Blogging in the Classroom

    1. 1. <ul><li>Blogging in the classroom </li></ul>Photo by Michael Kershis - Flickr Creative Commons
    2. 2. <ul><li>Web page of personally generated diaries, photos, poetry, works of fiction, essays, project updates, news, video files, audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Chronologically arranged information </li></ul><ul><li>Readers can post comments </li></ul><ul><li>Links can be made to other web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Posts are like instant messages to the web </li></ul>What is a blog?
    3. 3. Why Blog <ul><li>Authentic purpose for writing </li></ul><ul><li>Gives the writer a voice </li></ul><ul><li>Improves writing ability </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic audience </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to a community of people and ideas </li></ul>
    4. 4. Purpose of Class Blogs <ul><li>publish & archive student work </li></ul><ul><li>provide literacy support </li></ul><ul><li>provide themed discussions </li></ul><ul><li>exchange information </li></ul><ul><li>showcase </li></ul>
    5. 5. Ask yourself <ul><li>Does my use of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>support teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>enhance teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>extend teaching and learning </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pros <ul><li>Innovative, cutting edge </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul><ul><li>Archived </li></ul><ul><li>HOTS </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for an Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review </li></ul>
    7. 7. Cons <ul><li>Opinion </li></ul><ul><li>May be anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>No password protection </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior issues </li></ul><ul><li>Need to set control levels </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing and copyright issues </li></ul>
    8. 8. Where to start <ul><li>read other blogs </li></ul><ul><li>talk to bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>have a clear idea of the purpose of the blog </li></ul><ul><li>look at the wealth of resources available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>edublogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wordpress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>classblogmeister </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. You are in control <ul><li>The teacher can </li></ul><ul><li>make the posts </li></ul><ul><li>moderate the comments </li></ul><ul><li>add or delete authors </li></ul><ul><li>select the level of privacy </li></ul>

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