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Blogging with students

  1. 1. Blogging With Students By brensil
  2. 2. What is a blog? “ A blog is an interactive Web page where individuals can post entries, articles, links, and pictures, and ask others to join into conversations.” - Alan November
  3. 3. How can blogs be used in the elementary classroom? <ul><li>The possibilities are endless! </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some common uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss and reflect on learning content </li></ul><ul><li>Announce upcoming events and reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase student assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Create photoblogs of student activities </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate and create a resource </li></ul>
  4. 4. I wonder how you might use blogs with your students?
  5. 5. The positive considerations of blogging with students: <ul><li>It provides an authentic reading and writing experience </li></ul><ul><li>Students feel an immediate sense of accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Participation is not limited to time or space </li></ul><ul><li>Students of all personality types might feel more comfortable expressing their ideas </li></ul><ul><li>It builds a community of lifelong learners </li></ul>
  6. 6. Did I mention….. <ul><li>blogging might be FUN! </li></ul><ul><li>blogs are FREE!! </li></ul><ul><li>blogs are EASY TO USE!!! </li></ul>
  7. 7. However, we need to consider the possible negative aspects of blogging: <ul><li>Students might be reluctant to participate </li></ul><ul><li>It might be difficult to ensure your blog is read by all intended audience members </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher is ultimately responsible for updating and monitoring the blog including the comments that are posted </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber bullying, teasing, and criticism </li></ul>
  8. 8. Here are some more important considerations that I am sorting through: <ul><li>Time -The teacher’s commitment to the blog is essential. The teacher must take the time to keep the blog current. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility – Where and when will students have access to the blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Support – Does the administration support the use of blogs with your students? </li></ul><ul><li>Safety - Student safety trumps all! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Safety Considerations <ul><li>Students can use fictitious names or numbers for blogging to help keep personal information private. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can moderate the content and comments of a blog before it is posted for public viewing. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging software is available for purchase by schools to ensure student security and privacy. </li></ul>
  10. 10. It is exciting to think - What if…. <ul><li>blogging motivates students to learn beyond the classroom limits? </li></ul><ul><li>the enthusiasm of blogging becomes contagious and more teachers begin blogging with their students too? </li></ul><ul><li>relationships within the school community improve because of a common interest in blogging? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Steps teachers might take before starting a blog with students: <ul><li>1. Read about blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Follow the blogs of teachers that are already using it as an educational tool. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Begin your own personal blog. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Take a course to learn more about blogs. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some suggested blog sites to get you started: <ul><li>Websites to build a blog: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs to follow: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Will you try blogging with your students??
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Bull, G. & Kajder, S. (2003). Scaffolding for struggling students reading and writing with blogs. Learning and Leading with Technology, 31( 2) 32-35. </li></ul><ul><li>November, A. (2008). Web literacy for educators. California: Corwin Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Richardson, W.  (2005, June). New Jersey High School Learns the ABCs of Blogging. T.H.E. Journal, 32(11), 40.  Retrieved June 6, 2010, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 857300571). </li></ul><ul><li>Shoffner, M.. (2009). Personal Attitudes and Technology: Implications for Preservice Teacher Reflective Practice. Teacher Education Quarterly, 36(2), 143-161.  Retrieved June 6, 2010, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 1868335111). </li></ul>