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Using Blogs to Motivate Writers


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Using Blogs to Motivate Writers

  1. 1. Using Blogs to Motivate Writers
  2. 2. 21st Century readers/writers need to… <ul><li>Develop proficiency with the tools of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Design/share information to meet a variety of purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Manage, analyze, synthesize multiple streams of information </li></ul><ul><li>Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by various environments </li></ul><ul><li>-National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Take some time to explore the website </li></ul><ul><li>You will receive usernames/passwords </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s try an assignment! We will post a “powerful” picture and write our thoughts on it. If time allows, we will respond on each other’s blogs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Apply it! <ul><li>How can you use this to enhance your instruction? </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>What lesson can you give on the blog? </li></ul><ul><li>RULE: Let’s be positive! I’ll teach you trouble-shooting techniques after we brainstorm =) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trouble-shooting <ul><li>Bring a USB drive </li></ul><ul><li>Bring extra paper </li></ul><ul><li>Hold onto students’ usernames/passwords </li></ul><ul><li>Stay calm in case the website malfunctions. Tell students that losing work is a part of education. </li></ul><ul><li>You can even have students type and save their assignment on Microsoft Word, then copy/paste their writing onto their blog </li></ul>
  6. 6. Can’t see yourself using blogs in the classroom just yet? <ul><li>Use it yourself! Get to know the functions and capabilities yourself first. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out my wine blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Inspriation: when given “writing time” during the WP, I found myself continually describing wine and food, and it is something I have continued. </li></ul>