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Egan Pres Nov23

  1. 1. Web + Log = weBLOGBLOG<br />Using Blogs in the <br />Classroom or Library<br />Patrick Egan<br />Wolcott High School<br />November 20, 2009<br />
  2. 2. What is a Blog?<br />A contraction of the term weblog.<br />A website created and maintained by an individual to share opinions, reflections, and comments about any chosen topic.<br />Often presented in journal format. <br />Can include pictures, videos, or links to other websites related to the topic. <br />Blogs in Plan English, a short video about blogs<br />
  3. 3. More about Blogs<br />Anyone can blog, no special HTML codes<br />Entries on a blog appear with the most recent entry displayed first. <br />Blogs allow for interaction among readers and the blog writer via the comments feature. <br />Readers can leave a comment related to the blog topic. <br />A new blog is created every two seconds! (Richardson, 2005)<br />
  4. 4. Why Blog in Schools?<br />Blogging allows students to practice their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. <br />Blogging provides students with authentic communication and motivating audiences (McPherson, 2006). <br />Students are often engaged in the content on a daily basis. <br />Addresses 21st Century Learning Standards & NETS (National Educational Technology Standards)<br />
  5. 5. Blog Safety<br />When possible, teachers and students should establish blogs as private so that guests must be invited in order to read the blog or must sign in to leave a comment on the blog. <br />Students should NEVER post their name or other identifying characteristics on a public blog. <br />Students SHOULD use a pseudonym when posting on public blogs. <br />
  6. 6. More About Blog Safety<br />Teachers should NOT post the school name or any other identifying information that can be linked back to the school if the blog is public. <br />
  7. 7. Ideas for Using a Blog <br />Students and teachers can discuss a book read by the class via a blog, as well as write book reviews or make book suggestions. <br />Students and teachers can blog about current events. <br />Students and teachers can blog about science experiments, including the scientific process.<br />Students and teachers can blog about a specific research topic or era in history. <br />
  8. 8. Sample blogs<br /><br /><br /><br />
  9. 9. Let’s Begin<br />Please go to the following web address<br /><br />