Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy
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Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy



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NSTA Portland Presentation
November 21, 2008



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    Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy Presentation Transcript

    • Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy Welcome! Welcome Stacy Baker November 21, 2008 NSTA Portland Conference
    • Presentation Outline What is a Blog? Why Blog? Goals of a Blog Small Groups Share Set up of a Blog Hand out Packet
    • What is a Blog? Video Parts of a Blog
    • Thank you for going the extra mile with your I love how the blog has students. Your blog connected us so much demonstrates the more to each other. creativity and synthesis of ideas that is a model for -9th Grade Student the entire faculty. -Principal I have been so impressed with the project and more importantly the attitude my daughter has developed toward science, writing, research, and Why Blogs? communication. -Parent
    • What Do Students Like About Blogs? Video
    • What are the Goals of a Blog?
    • Improve science literacy: Americans Get F in Science Literacy
    • Student work will be read by thousands of people, both their peers and experts in the field: Sitemeter
    • Discuss topics students care about with their peers and experts: Atlanta Water Crisis
    • Discuss labs and other class assignments: Substance X Lab
    • Interact and discuss topics with practicing scientists: Explore Other Blogs Scientist Interviews
    • Teach students how to evaluate internet sources: Credible Sources
    • Exciting opportunities will develop!
    • Small Group Discussion 1. What would you like your students to blog about? 2. What things do you do now that you could replace with a blog? 3. What roadblocks might you encounter that would prevent you from blogging with your students? 4. What are some ways you could get around those roadblocks?
    • Blog Safety Rules for Students ●Use first names only or pseudonyms ●Do not identify your location ●Remember that nothing can be erased in cyberspace Rules for Teachers ●Turn on comment moderation ●Turn on anti-spam filter ●Do not publish pictures with the school name or logo ●Do not publish names alongside pictures Parent Consent Form
    • Extreme Biology Blog Tutorials Comment Writing Did you: * Add new information that is related to the post? * Insert a link to the website where you found the information? * Check to make sure your comment does not contain the same information as someone else's comment? Post Writing Did you: * Make sure the topic you want to write about is biology-related? * Check that all of your sources are credible before writing your post? * Hyperlink your sources? * Include a creative commons or public domain image? * Include 2-3 science-based (not opinion-based) questions in your post? * Compare your post to published posts to make sure the format is correct?
    • Use the Advanced Search!
    • Getting Started with Edublogs
    • Thousands of Examples Support Blogging! Links
    • Please join on the conversation at the NSTA Conference Blog or on my teacher blog!
    • Sources Slide # 1 Photo : Turtblu, 2 Photo:, 3 Photo: -bast-, Video: “Blogs in Plain English” Common Craft Show by Lee Lefever, 4 Document: 5 Photo: created using and 6 Photo: Stabilo Boss, Photo: National Science Board, 2006. Science and Engineering Indicators. 7 Document: 8 Photo: Document: 9 Drought Photo: Fadder_Uri, Document: 10 Document: 11 Photo: David Kroll, Brian Switek, Erica Tsai, Eric Roston, Document: Document:
    • 12 Screenshot: 13 Photo: Turtblu, Laura Porter, Bora Zivkovic, Science Online '09, 15 Document: Parent Consent Form, 17 Comic: created using 18 Photo: 19 Screenshot: Photo: Bensonkua, Photo: Onkel_wart, Photo: law_keven, 20 Screenshot: 21 Screenshot: Document: 22 Screenshot: