Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy


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Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy

  1. 1. Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy Welcome! Welcome Stacy Baker November 21, 2008 NSTA Portland Conference
  2. 2. Presentation Outline What is a Blog? Why Blog? Goals of a Blog Small Groups Share Set up of a Blog Hand out Packet
  3. 3. What is a Blog? Video Parts of a Blog
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. What Do Students Like About Blogs? Video
  6. 6. What are the Goals of a Blog?
  7. 7. Improve science literacy: Americans Get F in Science Literacy
  8. 8. Student work will be read by thousands of people, both their peers and experts in the field: Sitemeter
  9. 9. Discuss topics students care about with their peers and experts: Atlanta Water Crisis
  10. 10. Discuss labs and other class assignments: Substance X Lab
  11. 11. Interact and discuss topics with practicing scientists: Explore Other Blogs Scientist Interviews
  12. 12. Teach students how to evaluate internet sources: Credible Sources
  13. 13. Exciting opportunities will develop!
  14. 14. 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?
  15. 15. 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that nothing can be erased in cyberspace Rules for Teachers ●Turn on comment moderation ●Turn on anti-spam filter ●Do not publish pictures with the school name or logo ●Do not publish names alongside pictures Parent Consent Form
  16. 16. 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?
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  18. 18. Use the Advanced Search!
  19. 19. Getting Started with Edublogs
  20. 20. Thousands of Examples Support Blogging! Links
  21. 21. Please join on the conversation at the NSTA Conference Blog or on my teacher blog!
  22. 22. 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:
  23. 23. 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: