Presented by Jessica White and Vicki Jones 3rd Grade TeachersRiverwood Elementary School and Caywood Elementary School
A class website…and so much more! An amazing tool to help motivate students and make the learning in your classroom come alive!
Benefits of blogging Students have an audience for their writing which positively impacts the quality of their work. Students revisit and reflect upon the lessons when they read the posts on the blog. The learning doesn’t stop when the chapter or unit ends – commenting keeps the learning alive.
Students learn keyboarding skills, how to navigate around the Internet, and how to present digital information in a variety of ways. Teachers from different states, countries, and continents are able to collaborate on different projects so students are given authentic opportunities to learn about different regions of the world and different cultures. Blogging in the classroom provides motivation, excitement and fun!!
Edublogs have the potential to transform your teaching and can be used in a variety of ways! You can share resources and access online learning activities. There are literally countless ways for students to share their work and learning. Blogs provide a fun way to communicate with students and parents. Parents LOVE CLASS BLOGS!! You can collaborate with educators and students from around the world to extend the walls of your classroom.
Integrating Reading / LA Writing, Writing, Writing ◦ Students are required to write in full sentences and words. Book Reports Reading comprehension questions ANY language arts skill can be practiced and assessed through blogging.
Integrating Math Mental math Compare numbers Averages Order numbers Time Standard, expanded, ◦ Telling written forms ◦ Elapsed ◦ AM/PM Calculator skills Setting goals
Each day a differentstudent has the job of blogupdater. We do this at the beginning of every Math We set class goals, and each Workshop. day we update our blog numbers! We do A LOT of math with these numbers.
Alyssa is writing the While she is recording that number of pageviews in information students are using mental mathexpanded form, word form, strategies to add up the and short word form. total number of visitors.
Here are the numbers they areadding up.We’ve had visitors from 41 Once students have different added up the visitorscountries! using mental math, the blog updater uses a calculator to check.
Integrating Social Studies Geography Economy ◦ Continents, Countries ◦ Currency , States ◦ Map Skills Communications People Transportation ◦ Culture Import/export ◦ Population Natural ◦ Religion resources, man-made Government materials, finished Military products
Teaching Geography Through BloggingWe like to keep track of the number of cities and countries that have visitedour blog. Currently we’ve had visitors from 41 countries and 312 cities! Ifwe notice a new country has visited our blog, we look up information aboutthat country. We like to learn about its population, landforms and bodies ofwater, culture, currency, economics and religion. We like to compare thepopulation of other countries with our population! The last thing we do islocate them on our classroom map!
Social Studies Widgets
Extensions…Emma’s mom sent in currency from differentcountries. We were able to see money fromseveral of the countries that have visited our blog!
Informational Pages ◦ About Me, Class Schedule, Blogging Rules Links ◦ Frequently used websites for parents, students, and teachers Posts ◦ Important information for parents and students ◦ Questions for students to comment on ◦ Slideshows, photos, digital showcase for student work Extras ◦ Widgits
Pages are usually static and include information that you want parents, teachers, students or visitors to have. Here you can include information about you, your class, your expectations, homework, important dates, etc. You can upload files onto pages so all of your parent or teacher resources can be easily located.http://www.mrsjessicawhite.edublogs.org/
All of my favorite links are in one place. Students can access them from any computer at school or at home. You can organize your links by category.http://www.dianajburns.edublogs.org
This is where you can focus the type of blog you want to present. What is your purpose? ◦ Parent and student communication ◦ Interactive learning and assessment ◦ Digital showcase of student work This is where the “meat” of blogging occurs and where the learning REALLY comes alive!
A post on a communication blog is going to be information that you want parents, teachers, and/or students to know. Classroom events, test dates, directions for a computer assignmenthttp://www.mslroberts.edublogs.org
This type of blog really engages students and involves the global learning community. Teachers post questions and challenges for the students to comment on.These questions can be differentiated for reteaching or enrichment. You can assign certain students to respond to specific posts.http://www.vickijones.edublogs.org
Pro memberships allow you to embed slideshows, photos, and other media into your posts. Parents (and students) love to see what is happening in the classroom. Students can create slideshows or videos to show what they have learned in class and it can be posted for others to give feedback.http://www.mrsjessicawhite.edublogs.orghttp://www.jmsalsich.edublogs.com
Widgits are extra things to include on your blog. They can be instrumental in integrating math, science, and geography! Most widgits are only available for use with Pro memberships. Examples include: Show My Weather Flag Counter (Visitors and Pageviews) Clock Phases of Moon Live Traffic Feed Revolver Map ClustrMap http://www.mrsjessicawhite.edublogs.org
Students can become contributors to your class blog to write posts or add comments to posts. Commenting is a great learning tool because students can apply EVERY language arts skill that you teach. There are endless possibilities for ways to engage students through commenting! You can sign up for the 2010 Blogging Challenge to reach out to blogs from around the world!
Some students may be interested in setting up their own blog to publish their work. You may want to offer interested students this opportunity. Pro memberships come with 50 student blogs.
Blogging Safety Teach students safe and responsible online habits ◦ No personal information such as last name, address, phone, etc. ◦ Be careful and conscious about what is written Blogs exist on the internet which is a public place Only post what you want the world to know ◦ All writing should be school-appropriate and respectful ◦ Teachers have the right to delete any comments
Permission to Blog Parent permission required before child can participate in the blog
The possibilities forthe uses of bloggingare endless!
You will be amazed by how fun and easy blogging is!1. Decide what you want to get out of your blog.2. Sign up at Edublogs.org3. Set up your blog Theme, widgets, links, pages, posts, etc.4. Look at other blogs for ideas or to copy links.5. Determine your blogging rules and guidelines, get parent permission, and teach students how to use the blog.6. HAVE FUN!!!As long as you are excited about your blog, this will be a powerful motivator and tool for learning in your classroom!