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Internet Communications

  1. 1. By: Katie Jackson
  2. 2. • Blogging In Education Today  Summary Continued  Reflection• Blogging? Its Elementary, My Dear Watson!  Summary Continued  Reflection• In the Classroom, Web Logs Are the NewBulletin Boards  Summary Continued  Reflection
  3. 3. • K. Walsh wrote an article about the uses of blogging as it pertains to educational professionals such as teachers, administrators, and education-based technologists.  Walsh explained that teachers use blogs for a variety of reasons, some of which include providing assignments to students, communicating with other teachers about classroom experiences, or sharing with other educators the use of educational technologies.Walsh, K. (2010). Blogging in education today. Retrieved from Return to menu
  4. 4.  “The earliest uses of blogs by teachers were like most of the blogs thatwere first written in the 90’s and early 2000’s – blogging just for the sakeof sharing thoughts with others who might be interested” (Walsh). Walsh explained that teachers first started out using blogs simply tocommunicate with other teachers. Now, teachers use blogs for anything andeverything, even if it’s just stating what happened in their class that day. Shealso gives examples of what teacher’s blogs look like these days by givinghyperlinks to actual blogs. Here is an example of a teacher’s blog Walsh recommended: The author’s name is John Spencer!  Return to menu
  5. 5. I enjoyed reading this article and learning how I, as ateacher , can utilize blogging in the future to keep up andshare stories with my colleagues. I think it’s a great idea forteachers to put out there what they are doing in theirclassrooms. By blogging about the lessons and experiencesyou have in your classroom, you open yourself up tofeedback from other teachers who might like what you aredoing or who have improvements you could make. This issomething I think can only make you a better teacher. Return to menu
  6. 6. • “At its core, blogging -- or Web logging -- is an online diary orjournal. Take a look at any blog and youll immediately see theconnection between it and a traditional diary” (Jackson).• In this article Lorrie Jackson talks about how blogging is so easy, anelementary aged student could do it. Then Jackson goes on to talkabout how elementary aged students are actually using blogging inthe classroom and how it stimulates their abilities to write.Jackson, L. (2010). Blogging? its elementary, my dear watson!. Retrieved from Return to menu
  7. 7.  In this article Jackson talked about a specific website known asBlogmeister that was developed by David Warlick, founder of the LandmarkProject. The program is completely online and requires no software toinstall. Jackson talked about how all the teacher had to do was set up thestudent’s accounts, and let them start typing. However, the student cannot just post whatever they want, the teacher hasto approve it. If it is approved, it is published, if it is not approved, it is sentback to the student for editing. Giving elementary aged students the right to blog is one that they will findexciting and enriching since their audience on the web is significantly biggerthan that of a classroom. It opens up more room for feedback and allows shystudents to flourish. Return to menu
  8. 8. I was surprised when I read this article. I had no clueelementary aged students were capable of blogging at suchan early age. I thought it was a different but interesting ideafor getting students excited about writing. I agree that somestudents might be afraid or shy when it comes to talking outin class. However, I believe blogging is a great way for thosestudents to shine. Blogging is something that allows aperson to get their ideas and feeling out, so why not startchildren out early? I for one would have loved to be able toblog in elementary school because it would have taught menot only how to use a computer, but how to type! Return to menu
  9. 9. • Jeffrey Selingo wrote an article about how Marisa L. Dudiaks second-grade class in Frederick County, Md., did a blogging assignment afterreturning from a Native American farm field trip. Selingo reported thatDudiak thought blogging would be a better idea than having the studentswrite in a paper journal. Dudiak explained, It allowed them to interactwith their peers more quickly than a journal would” (Selingo).• Selingo reported on how the students wrote basic sentences such as howthey learned to shoot a bow and arrow. Although the posts included manyspelling errors and mistakes, “the exercise proved more fruitful than agroup discussion” (Selingo).Selingo, J. (2004). In the classroom, web logs are the new bulletin boards. Retrieved from Return to menu
  10. 10. • Selingo also stated that students also useblogging to do things such as “write about howthey attacked a tough math problem, postobservations about their science experimentsor display their latest art projects” (Selingo).This allows students to feel moreaccomplished because their work is beingseen by millions on the worldwide web asopposed to a few people in their classroom.• Selingo explained how several people feelthat blogging is the future. It takes lessmaintenance and is as easy as clicking abutton. Return to menu
  11. 11. I think it is great that teachers are getting their studentsexcited about technology such a blogging , at such a youngage. Technology is undoubtedly the future of our societyand students need to grow up in an environment that willprepare them for what is to come. I think that advances intechnology are becoming more and more prevalent witheach day and students need to be brought up with theknowledge of how to stay ahead. This responsibility oftraining students lies with our teachers and it good toknow that such efforts are already underway. Return to menu
  12. 12. Web Logging, or Blogging, has come into its own over the last couple of years. It is no longer being used as a day to day diary, but as a means of communicating ideas to the world. Blogging went from being a new technology to one now being used by elementary aged students. It is the technology of thefuture and will continue to become more and more advanced as it goes along. However, as it stands in education today, it is doing wonders for communication and student growth! • “One of the goals of classroom blogs, advocates say, is to get students to write more often” (Selingo). • Let’s get our student’s excited about writing, for themselves, and for their future! Return to menu