A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order . Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs ( photoblog ), videos ( vlog ), or audio ( podcasting ).
Share a common format. Lots of free blog providers.
Control of blog is with the person who has set it up
People are blogging about anything and everything …
Searching for Blogs
Classroom Blogs – Why Have One ? Planning To Blog Tools to Get Started Extra Tools Safety And Privacy Issues
Creates a learning community feel in a place away from the traditional classroom. This learning community is open 24/7
Blogs give individual learners a voice – shifting the ‘power’ from the instructor to the learner
Provides an authentic audience for student writing, an audience of peers, parents, and a potential worldwide audience.
Allows for multiple feedback loops among the networked students, teachers and other interested parties. Learning in a class blog setting is now a social activity.
Supports differentiation. The blog gives some of our more verbally reserved students a forum for their thoughts.
Encourages reading. To make a meaningful comment, or to choose their favorite post, the students first need to read what’s out there.
Encourages and teaches research skills. Encourages students to extend their research beyond the assigned work.
Builds technology skills
Provides links to others sites and resources
Reflective or Writing Journals E- Portfolios Dialogue for Group Work Content Related Blog – School Wide Theme/ Course Blogs need to be thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum. Simply getting learners to blog is not enough- blogs in learning must be activity –centric.
The following guidelines are by no means exhaustive, but may be helpful to address some real and legitimate concerns
Depending on the age of students, consider posting their work using a pseudonym instead of the students’ real names. In no cases use a student’s first name and last name on a blog posting.
Set up your blog so all comments must be moderated by you. Comments will be emailed to you for the ‘ok’ before being directly posted to your blog.
Set up your blog with a password to limit public access. The password can be provided to class members, parents, and others with an interest in the work of your class, but others in the public are prohibited from simply browsing the contents of your classroom weblog.
Keep the school community posted.
Inform all stakeholders about your planned or ongoing use of blogs for instructional purposes. Solicit their support and feedback in advance, ideally before concerns or problems develop relating to blog postings.
Protect your blogid and password just like you would a credit card number.