What are blogs?<br />There are probably as many definitions as there are bloggers. <br />People use blogs as online journals to share their "stories" -- anything they find interesting or newsworthy. <br />Some authors use blogs to get input on their story ideas! <br />Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news. <br />
Short for Web logs – are online journals or diaries<br />Can be public or private, entertaining or educational, eclectic or subject specific<br />
What are the Benefits of Classroom Blogging?<br />Students love blogging<br />Students who lack the reading and writing skills they need to succeed also may lack the motivation to practice those skills. Many are motivated to chat virtually with their friends<br />Seeing your words published on the internet is a great student motivator<br />Blogs offer an innovative way for students to engage in reflective writing on classroom topics in a familiar medium<br />
Blogs provide each student with the opportunity to publicly present his or her thoughts and opinions<br />Blogs allow others to respond, providing feedback to the student<br />In short, blogs can bring today’s students into the world of writing – even at 2am, even in their pajamas. <br />
Blog Rules <br />Just the basics, 4 rules based on Respect, Inclusion, Learning and Safety<br />
Respect<br />We are polite, kind and appropriate at all times. Remember that many students and Mrs. Spata will view your comments.<br />
Inclusion<br />Anyone is welcome to comment or join a discussion as long as they are respectful.<br />
Learning (in this forum)<br /> You can have fun in this space, but if others are having a learning conversation either add to it positively or make your comments in a new post.<br />
Safety<br />DO NOT REVEAL ANY PERSONAL DETAILS in any posts. Never use any students' last names. <br />
Ways to blog<br />Go to this site. The first page is a rubric we are not using, but look at the levels of the examples. Page 2 shows a Level 1 and look at the minimum effort. Level 4 is well thought out and is much more engaging,<br />http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/file/view/blogging+rubric.pdf<br />
Visit the links below – see just what a blog can be!<br />http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=51798 <br />http://classroom209.blogspot.com/ <br />http://langwitches.org/blog/2009/02/22/top-ten-elementary-learn-by-playing-sites/<br />http://elementary-school.blogspot.com/<br />http://www.americantowns.com/il/joliet/news<br />
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