Blogging Reasons: Why should I blog? Suzanne Porath LitProfSuz@gmail.com Twitter: @LitProfSuz http://heartofateacher.blogspot.com/ Doctoral Candidate UW -Madison 6th Grade HumanitiesLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Madison Country Day School
Whats your experience? Poll: What is your experience with blogs? • Whats a blog? (None) • I know what they are, but dont use. • Ive read a few. • Im a blogger. • I use them with my students.Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Purpose of this presentation Convince you that blogs are useful teaching and learning tools Provide examples and resources for blogging both personal and professional NOT – to teach you how to blogLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Why should I blog? Reflection Shows growth and change over time Broader audience Extends communication Multimedia Expands the classroom Intentional internet identity Professional Learning Network (PLN)Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY Fun
Space for Reflection “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is the noblest; Second by imitation which is the easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ~Confucius “Reflection is an important human activity in which people recapture their experience, think about it, mull over and evaluate it. It is this working with experience that is important in learning” (Boud, Keogh & Walker, 1985, p. 43)Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Reflection • Schön (1983) – reflection-in-action, on- action Experience-Reflection-Action (Rolfe et al, 2001) – What? So what? What next? Collaborative reflection (Bright, 1996) In the chat: How might writing yourLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY reflections in a blog (private or public) be useful?
Reflection - Examples • Atychiphobia – Reflections of a 4th Grade Teacher http://keeferto.typepad.com/blog/ Scroll down to “Uncommon Core” Blogging for Reflection (Student examples) http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/yisitd/2011/12/14/blogging-for Click on one of the students namesLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Reflection - Resources Blogging with Students for Reflection, Collaboration, and Literacy http://chip-chase.com/2012/02/08/blogging-with-s 30 Goals Challenge (for teachers) http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2010/02/01Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Articulation of Growth Over Time Time stamped Reread past posts Forms: Learning Logs Digital Portfolios Formative (Working Portfolio) Summative (Showcase Portfolio)Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY Multimedia (Abrami & Barrett, 2005)
Growth Over Time Poll: How much have you documented your teaching and classroom over the course of your career? • You mean I was suppose to? • I have my old lesson plan books. • If I thought about it, I took some pictures. • Sporadically – depending on the year.Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY • Constantly.
Growth Over Time - Examples Two Writing Teachers Evolution of Anchor Charts http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/e AM Literacy Learning (Learning Log) http://amliteracylearninglog.blogspot.com/ Te Motu Pukerua Bay (Classroom LL) http://temotu.blogspot.co.nz/Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Wider Audience Increased motivation to write More attention to conventions Recognition of how audience and purpose impacts form of writing Interactive (comments) (Bruning & Horn, 2000)Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Wider Audience Poll: In what ways have you connected your classroom to a wider audience? • Pen pals (or e-pals) • Community newspaper/letter • Sent work out to be published • Skyped with someone • Partner classroom projectLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Wider Audience “Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross- culturally” - NCTE definition of 21st Cent. Literacies – Not -simulation, imaginary or RAFT Determine & target audience School-Bound Authentic (for school community)Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY World Authentic (outside of school) Create conversation w/ comments
Audience - Example Writing + Audience = Blogging (Video) http://mrsschurscomputerlab.blogspot.com/2012 ESL/EFL Sister Classroom Exchange http://esleflstudents.edublogs.org/Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Communication w/ Parents & Students Classroom Blog Post pictures, videos, podcasts Post assignments Daily/weekly Author Teacher Rotating student jobLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Be aware of district privacy issues Can be set to notify via email (Light & Polin, 2010)
Communication • Mrs. Yollis Classroom Blog (3rd grd) http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/ • Mr. Averys Classroom Blog (6th grd) http://mravery.edublogs.org/Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Synthesize/Capture Multimedia “Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts” - NCTE definition of 21st Century Literacies Typical portfolios are: Bulky and paper Static Read/Write Web LinkingLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Attaching/Embedding
Multimedia - Examples Elementary, My Dear, or Far From It http://emdffi.blogspot.com/ The Classroom Bookshelf (multiple resources on books) http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/ Resource The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a BlogLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/th
Expanding Walls “Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes” NCTE definition of 21st Century Literacies Flipped classroom http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/09/the-flippe Virtual Field TripsLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Link to places – provide space to comment Connecting to the World
Expanding Walls - Examples 14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging http://mrspripp.blogspot.com/2011/05/14-steps-t Holdens New York City Tour http://porathenglish10.blogspot.com/2006/02/newLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Expanding Walls - Resources Taking It Global http://www.tigweb.org/ Flat Classroom Project http://flatclassroomproject.ning.com/ Global Education Conference Network http://www.globaleducationconference.com/ EpalsLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY http://www.epals.com/
Intentional Internet Identity Poll: How many of you Goggle yourself? • Often • Sometimes • Never • I dont know howLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY In the chat: What have you found? (Rate My Teacher; School website; personal info?)
Identity “If you arent controlling your footprint, others are.” Meredith Stewart - http://inforgood.wordpress.com/ “Branding is a method by which you can create your own unique identity in an environment overflowing with competition.”Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY Vail Joy - http://smashinghub.com/creating-your-identity-with-blog
Identity - Examples Two Apples a Day http://twoapplesaday.org/ Blogging Identity: Anonymity or Transparency http://marshrachel.wordpress.com/Layout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Identity - Resources Teachers, Take Care Of Your Digital Identity http://teachhub.com/teachers-digital-identity Keeping Your Privacy on the Internet (or Not) http://www2.uregina.ca/ctl/2012/02/17/keeping-y How to Teach Students About DigitalLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Identity http://www.edvoices.com/blog/2012/03/26/studen
Professional Learning Network Purpose: Connect Collaborate Contribute Face to face is time & money dependent, online isnt! ResourceLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY 23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2010/05/09/16-re
Professional Learning Network Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/ • “literary salon where authors and illustrators stop by” Interesting Non-fiction for Kids (multiple posters & links) http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/ Reflect & Refine: Building a LearningLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Community http://reflectandrefine.blogspot.com/
Blogging is Fun! Expressive writing is good for you (Flaherty, 2005) Connecting Sharing Motivational • Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal by Tara FreyLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
Places to Find Good Blogs The EduBlog Awards 2011 http://edublogawards.com/ Top 10 Technology Blogs for Education http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/ kathys ed tech blog picks http://kathyschrock.net/edtechblogs.htm Connect-a-Blog:Collaborative K-12 Teacher BlogLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY http://www.connect-a-blog.com/
Get your blog on! “And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — writing using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology.” ~ Simon DumencoLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY
References Abrami, P. C., & Barrett, H. C. (2005). Directions for research and development on electronic portfolios. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 31(3). Bond, G.L., & Dykstra, R. (1967). The cooperative research program in first-grade reading instruction. Reading Research Quarterly, 2, 10–141. Bright, B. (1996). Reflecting on reflective practice. Studies in the Education of Adults, 28, (2), 162-84 Bruning, R., & Horn, C. (2000). Developing motivation to write. Educational Psychologist, 35, 25-38. Light, D. & Polin, D. (2010). Integrating Web 2.0 tools into the classroom: Changing the culture of learning. EDC Center for Children and Technology. Retrieved from http://cct.edc.org/admin/publications/report/Integrating%20Web2.0.PDFLayout by orngjce223, CC-BY Rolfe, G., Freshwater, D., Jasper, M. (2001) (eds.) Critical Reflection for Nursing and the Helping Professions. Basingstoke, U.K: Palgrave. Schön, D. (1983). The reflective practitioner. Basic Books: New York.
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