USING BLOGS EFFECTIVELYWendy GrojeanCollege of EducationIDEAS Room Coordinatorwgrojean@unomaha.edu
“Replace a paper and pencil with a laptop andonline discussion and you may find that even themost reserved students are strong writingcontributors. It is not the student. It is the tool.Find the right technological tool and writing nowbecomes fun, rather than a chore” (Rosen, 2010).
WHAT IS A BLOG?• A 21st Century journal• A tool for online communication and discussion• Topics are time-sensitive• Can be teacher led or teacher facilitated• Can be public or protected
GOALS OF BLOGS-Add depth to in-class discussion-Give voice to quiet students-Engage students throughout reading and writingprocess-Communication-Others?
STUDIES SHOW:• Blogs (and social media) increase student participation and engagement
BLOGS & PEDAGOGYTools are not effective without good pedagogy.Eight Tips for Facilitating Effective OnlineDiscussion Forums
EXAMPLES OF EXPECTATIONS1. The Do’s and Don’t of Online Communication –Collaborize Classroom2. The Core Rules of Netiquette-Albion.com3. Netiquette Guidelines-Paradigm Publishing4. How can you get students involved in settingexpectations?
GOOD QUESTIONING -Eliminates plagiarism -Facilitates good discussion -Leads to Higher-Order thinking and analysis
“We never stop investigating. We are neversatisfied that we know enough to get by. Everyquestion we answer leads on to another question.This has become the greatest survival trick of ourspecies.” ~Desmond Morris
QUESTIONING RESOURCES• McKenzie “Questioning Tool Kit” Jamie Mckenzie questioning research article: "Questioning as Technology” Teach your students to become good question writers. Model good questioning, then have them lead discussions.
IMPORTANCE OF QUESTIONING“North American Schools are spending billions bringingnetworked computers into schools while neglecting themost important technology of all-the ability of students tomake meaning by applying sharply honed questioningskills” (McKenzie, 2002).
BE PREPARED FOR THE QUESTION STUDENTS WILL ASK:• “Will we be graded on this?”• Have assessment tools in place: -Rubrics -Participation Points
RUBRIC RESOURCESSample Rubric –University of PittsburghTips and Rubrics-Middle Tennessee StateUniversityRubric example-University of Wisconsin-Stout
TOOL CONSIDERATIONS-Cost?-Ad free?-Public and private settings?-Do participants need email addresses?-Can you moderate posts?-Can you embed videos, pictures?
REFERENCESChristopher, M., Thomas, J., & Tallent-Runnels, M. (2004, Spring). Raising the bar: Encouraging high level thinking in online discussion forums. Roeper Review, 26(3), 166-171. Retrieved from Teacher Reference Center database.Discussion board tips and pedagogy [Information Sheet]. (n.d.). Retrieved September7, 2011, from Middle Tennessee State University website: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~webctsup/faculty/manual/ WebCT_DiscussionBoard_Tips-Pedagogy.pdfFrey, B. (n.d.). Rubric for asynchronous discussion participation [Rubric]. Retrieved September 9, 2011, from http://www.udel.edu/janet/MARC2006/ ric.htmlIm, Y., & Lee, O. (2003-2004, Winter). Pedagogical implications of online discussion for preservice teacher training. Journal of Research Technology in Education, 36(2), 155-170. Retrieved from Teacher Reference Center database.McKenzie, J. (1997, November/December). A questioning tookit. From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal, 7(3). Retrieved from http://fno.org/nov97/ toolkit.htmlMcKenzie, J. (2003, April). Questioning as technology. From Now On: TheEducational Technology Journal. Retrieved fromhttp://questioning.org/qtech.html
REFERENCES (CONT’D)Nielsen, L. E. (2010). Discussion rubric for online class [Rubric]. Retrieved September 9, 2011, from University of Wisconsin-Stout website: www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/discussionrubric.htmlOwens, R. (2009, July 23). Eight tips for facilitating effective online discussion forums. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/ articles/asynchronous-learning-and-trends/eight-tips-for-facilitating- effective-online-discussion-forums/Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy [Guide]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 7, 2011, from Wayne County Schools website: http://www.waynecountyschools.org/147210622111220523/lib/ 147210622111220523/Revised_Blooms_Info.pdfRosen, L. D., Ph.D. (2010). Rewired. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Ross, S. (2011). The core rules of netiquette [Guidelines]. Retrieved September 10, 2011, from Albion website: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/ corerules.html
REFERENCES (CONT’D)Rutkosky, N., & Seguin, D. (n.d.). Following netiquette guidelines [Guidelines]. Retrieved September 7, 2011, from Paradigm Publishing website: http://www.emcp.com/college_resource_centers/listonline.php? GroupID=6168Tucker, C. (n.d.). The do’s and don’ts of online student communication [Guidelines]. Retrieved September 8, 2011, from Collaborize Classroom website: www.wecollaborize.com/pdf/student- communication-online.pdf