Create a Classroom Blog

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Create a Classroom Blog

  1. 1. Classroom Blogs<br />Melanie Wiscount<br />Wilkes University<br />Fall 2010<br />
  2. 2. Session Essential Questions<br />What is a blog?<br />What is a blog’s purpose in the classroom?<br />How does a blog appeal to our millennial learners?<br />What are the components of a blog?<br />What makes a “good” blog?<br />How can we make a blog better?<br />
  3. 3. What is a blog?<br /><ul><li> read, write, or edit a shared on-line journal
  4. 4. web log
  5. 5. shared on-line journal
  6. 6. post diary entries
  7. 7. personal experiences
  8. 8. hobbies
  9. 9. reverse chronological order</li></ul>wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn<br />
  10. 10. What is a blog’s purpose in the classroom?<br /><ul><li> activate thinking
  11. 11. collaboration of notes/thoughts/ideas among students
  12. 12. reflection of learning
  13. 13. summarizing activity
  14. 14. supplementary resources to content (links & videos)
  15. 15. extended thinking activity
  16. 16. gives content online 24/7 presence</li></li></ul><li>How does a blog appeal to our millennial learners?<br /><ul><li> multimedia appeal
  17. 17. collaborative environment
  18. 18. online publishing opportunity
  19. 19. perfect for the “not so vocal” student
  20. 20. perfect for sharing with classmates rather than just the teacher
  21. 21. “online” is always good in their world
  22. 22. constructivism in nature</li></li></ul><li>What are the components of a blog?<br /><ul><li> header
  23. 23. title
  24. 24. photo
  25. 25. tagline
  26. 26. sidebar
  27. 27. profile
  28. 28. archive
  29. 29. tags
  30. 30. widgets
  31. 31. subscribe tools
  32. 32. blogroll
  33. 33. search tool
  34. 34. Creative Commons license
  35. 35. posts
  36. 36. comments</li></li></ul><li>What makes a “good” blog?<br /><ul><li> frequent posts
  37. 37. links & videos to supplement posts
  38. 38. plenty of comments
  39. 39. follows blog etiquette & ethics
  40. 40. emits a presence as an extension to its theme & content
  41. 41. focuses on topic
  42. 42. designed and published with audience in mind</li></li></ul><li>How can we make a blog better?<br /><ul><li> share knowledge
  43. 43. activates thinking
  44. 44. is 21st century-centered
  45. 45. “more heads are better than one”
  46. 46. creates a community of sharing
  47. 47. pushes the buttons on higher Bloom’s Taxonomy skills</li></li></ul><li>Create a Blog<br />For 21st century:<br /><ul><li>thinking
  48. 48. publishing
  49. 49. sharing
  50. 50. learning
  51. 51. understanding
  52. 52. communication
  53. 53. collaboration
  54. 54. creation</li>

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