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  1. 1. Blogs
  2. 2. A blog …. <ul><li>is an online journal, a weblog. There are sites that offer a weblog setup for free. </li></ul><ul><li>has the potential to become more than an online diary. </li></ul>
  3. 3. A blog can <ul><li>provide a space for writing that is a combination journal and discussion board </li></ul><ul><li>invite commentary and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>integrate a number of important writing skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Instructional Characteristics
  5. 5. Economy <ul><li>The well developed blog post requires no scrolling. It is a brief targeted set of words that communicate an intended idea. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Archiving <ul><li>Each post is archived by week , day or month. This allows writers to explore how ideas unfold and connect over time. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Feedback <ul><li>The public nature of a blog encourages peer review and sharing.Student writers can receive immediate response, making the writing process more relevant. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Multimedia <ul><li>Blogs allow writers to post images and even record sounds. It opens writers to multiple means of communication. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Immediacy <ul><li>As soon as a blog is posted it is available on the web. This generates an immediate sense of accomplishment,and it begins the process of response and feedback. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Active Participation <ul><li>In-class discussions are often constrained by time and space. A weblog will allow a continuation of class discussions for all the students. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Now how can a blog be used in a classroom? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Instructional Strategies
  13. 13. Character Journals <ul><li>This strategy challenges student writers to sound and think like a fictional character. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Character Roundtable <ul><li>Students can participate as a cast of characters and dialogue together around a particular theme or idea. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Think About Postings <ul><li>A reflection on an assigned reading </li></ul>
  16. 16. Literature Circle <ul><li>The blog would provide students with a reflective space to respond within a wider audience. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Nutshelling <ul><li>A blog could help students find ideas for additional writing pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can review their previous blogs, choose a rich line and paste it into the body of a new post. </li></ul><ul><li>It now serves as a prompt for a reflection and elaboration. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Devil’s Advocate Writing <ul><li>Blogs can host an interactive, multi-participant dialogue that pushes the reasoning between posts. </li></ul><ul><li>It could function as an online debate or as a testing ground for ideas that can be more fully developed later. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Exploding Sentences <ul><li>Students can ‘explode” sentences from earlier posts by adding rich, descriptive details. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Photoblogs <ul><li>Students can combine photos with captions, infusing text with visual imagery. </li></ul><ul><li>Phoetry- integration of photography and poetry </li></ul>
  21. 21. Round Robin Story <ul><li>A story starter is displayed and students each add an entry to create a class creative writing story or an essay, depending on the prompt. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Blogs provide a multi-genre, multimedia writing space that can engage visually minded students and draw them into a different interaction with print.
  23. 23. Students at all levels learn to write by writing.
  24. 24. Classroom Examples <ul><li>Grade 1 Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2 Blog </li></ul><ul><li> Book Talk Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Plain and Tall </li></ul>
  25. 25. Blog Websites <ul><li>Classroom Use of Blogs ( Will Richardson's is a virtual goldmine of blogging resources, including best practices, educator blogs, and technology recommendations for choosing content management tools. A Hunterdon Central Regional High School English teacher from Flemington, N.J., Richardson is among the few educators starting to explore Web logs in the writing classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Technology and Teacher Education ( This website contains instructional materials and related links for use when exploring the use of weblogs in the English/Language Arts classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and Learning ( An article about using weblogs in the classroom. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Bibliography <ul><li>Learning and Leading with Technology, Sept. 2003,Vol. 31, No.1, Writing with Weblogs </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Leading with Technology, Sept. 2003,Vol. 31, No.2, Scaffolding for Struggling Students </li></ul><ul><li>PC Magazine, December 2003, <Blog Tools> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Blogging Video <ul><li>What students and teachers have to say about blogging. </li></ul>