Blog Presentation


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A presentation, created and delivered by Jeffrey Ayer, a technology project consultant for St. Mary's University of Winona, Minnesota, given the evening of November 4, 2009 online. The objective of the presentation is to introduce and familiarize K-12 educators with how blogs can be used in the classroom.

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Blog Presentation

  1. 1. Blogs in the Classroom: Jeffrey Ayer, Project Consultant Contact Information: Office Phone: (715) 243-1231 [email_address] [email_address] [email_address]
  2. 2. What is a Blog? According to
  3. 3. <ul><li>Connect quieter, sometimes disenfranchised students </li></ul><ul><li>Create discussion beyond class time when students have time outside of class (extends the walls of the classroom) </li></ul><ul><li>Save a teacher time, paperwork, and the hassle of late work (everything is time-stamped in Web 2.0 land) </li></ul><ul><li>Both student and teacher become more savvy in their use of online resources (from identity security to contributing in an intelligent, responsible, mature manner online) </li></ul>What can a blog potentially do for both the teacher and students in and outside of the physical classroom environment? To name but a few…
  4. 4. Objectives for today and the future (potentially): Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continued learning (first of seven Da Vincian Principles) <ul><li>To better acclimate ourselves with blogs and their potential in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>To begin a dialogue/discussion of what the use of a blog might look like in our classrooms, no matter the age level (K-12) </li></ul><ul><li>To possibly begin planning , and then eventually implement the use of a blog in some aspect of our teaching, be it a part of a unit, a whole unit, etc., potentially this spring (think baby steps, though!) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Please do the following throughout the presentation: <ul><li>Ask Questions </li></ul><ul><li>INTERRUPT me </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how what I share might fit into your own classroom (no matter the discipline or age level) </li></ul><ul><li>INTERACT – don’t hesitate to split your attention between me and the computer in front of you for related, constructive activity </li></ul>
  6. 6. A great beginner’s resource:
  7. 7. Blog Examples: <ul><li>A Blog for this Blog Presentation: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>My Blog Page: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>SMU Blackboard Links: </li></ul><ul><li>Click here </li></ul><ul><li>We Teach We Learn Blog: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Starting your own Blogger account (through Google) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stop and Reflect: <ul><li>Considering what I’ve briefly shared here today, and based on some of your prior ideas and/or attempts at using blogs in your own classroom, share one way you could feasibly (reasonably) implement a blog with your students (again, remember baby steps!). </li></ul>
  9. 9. For Further Reading: <ul><li>Go to the SMU Blackboard Page to access additional articles in PDF format, including the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog On - Building Communication and Collaboration among Staff and Students (C. Poling, March 2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Footprints - In the Web 2.0 world, self-directed learners must be adept at building and sustaining networks (W. Richardson, Nov. 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning with Blogs and Wikis (B. Ferriter, Nov. 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Joy of Blogging (A. Davis, E. McGrail, Mar. 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 & You (D. Baumbach, Mar./Apr. 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or go to my resource page, at </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. And now we move to wikis… <ul><li>Keep your questions ready for the discussion session after Wendy’s presentation… </li></ul><ul><li>Link to Wendy’s wiki page </li></ul>