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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 ...

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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  • Blogs in the Classroom: Jeffrey Ayer, Project Consultant Contact Information: Office Phone: (715) 243-1231 [email_address] [email_address] [email_address]
  • What is a Blog? According to dictionary.com:
    • Connect quieter, sometimes disenfranchised students
    • Create discussion beyond class time when students have time outside of class (extends the walls of the classroom)
    • Save a teacher time, paperwork, and the hassle of late work (everything is time-stamped in Web 2.0 land)
    • 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)
    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…
  • 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)
    • To better acclimate ourselves with blogs and their potential in the classroom.
    • 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)
    • 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!)
  • Please do the following throughout the presentation:
    • Ask Questions
    • INTERRUPT me
    • Think about how what I share might fit into your own classroom (no matter the discipline or age level)
    • INTERACT – don’t hesitate to split your attention between me and the computer in front of you for related, constructive activity
  • A great beginner’s resource:
  • Blog Examples:
    • A Blog for this Blog Presentation:
    • http://smublogtraining.blogspot.com/
    • My Blog Page:
    • http://mrayer.blogspot.com/
    • SMU Blackboard Links:
    • Click here
    • We Teach We Learn Blog:
    • http://www.weteachwelearn.org/
    • Starting your own Blogger account (through Google)
    • https://www.blogger.com/start
  • Stop and Reflect:
    • 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!).
  • For Further Reading:
    • Go to the SMU Blackboard Page to access additional articles in PDF format, including the following:
      • Blog On - Building Communication and Collaboration among Staff and Students (C. Poling, March 2005)
      • Footprints - In the Web 2.0 world, self-directed learners must be adept at building and sustaining networks (W. Richardson, Nov. 2008)
      • Learning with Blogs and Wikis (B. Ferriter, Nov. 2008)
      • The Joy of Blogging (A. Davis, E. McGrail, Mar. 2009)
      • Web 2.0 & You (D. Baumbach, Mar./Apr. 2009)
      • Or go to my resource page, at http://ayersresources.wikispaces.com
  • And now we move to wikis…
    • Keep your questions ready for the discussion session after Wendy’s presentation…
    • Link to Wendy’s wiki page