Blogging and the Reading/Writing Connection


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Overview of my final research paper for EDCI 758 Kansas State University

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Blogging and the Reading/Writing Connection

  1. 1. BLOGGING AND THE READING/WRITING CONNECTION A brief overview By Miriam Climenhaga
  2. 2. WHAT IS A BLOG?  Short for web log.  An instructional or informative format for creating your own content.  Shared (usually) publicly.  Interactive via commenting and/or with group authorship.  Linkable!
  3. 3. A Smidge of History Blogging has its origins in how information was shared via message boards and forums as far back as the early 1990’s. The first blog is considered to be a blog that was started by a man named Justin Hall who created what for him was a diary of daily events and thoughts, plus links to information that he thought would simply be fun to share with friends. His blog is still in existence today and can be found at his original website called simply enough, (Thompson, 2006).
  4. 4. How does blogging connect to Education? Educators ~ Educators can use blogs to find and share ideas for lesson plans, professional development, and dialogue with other educators. Students ~ Students can use blogs to create their own content, experiential learning, peer review and revise, and improve reading and writing skills.
  5. 5. Transliteracy Transliteracy is defined as “The ability to derive meaning from the use of various media” and “emphasizes the importance of connections between users and information tools” (Dunaway, 2011, p.679). In the podcast “The Behavior of Finding Information”, Lynn Connaway and Erin Hood of the Online Computer Library, Inc. (OCLC) discuss how people engage technology. They classify people into two groups: visitors and residents. Visitors are those who use the web as a tool, and residents are those who have an online presence. Any person can behave in either of these modes depending on their use (Bayne, 2013). Using blogs as a way to teach enables students to operate as both a visitor, and a resident. And in this capacity they are becoming transliterate.
  6. 6. Six Traits to Blog Writing Emphasis Tone Consistency Repetition, Information placement Color (Penrod, 2007)
  7. 7. What can I have my student’s do with blogs? Research blogs Autobiographical blogs Webquest blogs Word of the Day (Bell Work) Reading Journal Historical Timeline blogs Virtual Museum blogs The list goes on and on!
  8. 8. Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  9. 9. References Bayne, G. (Producer) (2013, December 4). The behavior of finding information. Gerry Bayne(EDUCAUSE). [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2012). English language arts standards. Retrieved from Penrod, D. (2007). Using blogs to enhance literacy. Lanham: Rowman& Littlefield Education. Thompson, C. (2006, February 20). The early years. Retrieved from
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