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  • Review what video said Use a blog to get kids to talk to each other in a controlled environment,2542,t=social+network&i=55313,00.aspBridget
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  • BruceStudents like working onlineStudents like interacting & networking; it enhances the communication experience for them
  • BruceBlogs offer different points of view from cultures that speak the same languageIncorporates kinesthetic elementsSpecial Needs kids don’t feel put on the spot – write online with no visible differenceStudents read real reading materials from real writers – reflecting how language is actually usedThere will be a blog topic on every topic and interestStudents are motivated b/c they are writing for a real readership and they learn to edit and rewrite. This empowers students.
  • BridgetCasual tone – Students tend to write without conventionsBad writing gets reinforced b/c everyone writes casuallySome students feel uncomfortable writing in publicTeachers have hard time correcting blogs; therefore, bad writing habits may formSome students do not have access to technologySome teachers have difficulty with new technology. Need time to learn technology; Teachers already feel overburdened.Need to set up accounts and have to moderate comments
  • BridgetTalk to GoodReads, LibraryThing, and ShelfariSocial networking sites that allow for discussion about books. 
  • (online databases like Gale Student Resource Center,  Booklist, School Library Journal, Horn Book, etc.)user-submitted - (i.e.  you do not want to miss something like a genre or style previously unknown to you (i.e. metafiction or magic realism)Best reviews do all 3Bruce
  • Art of book review -  ; it''s a persuasive essay like what students write for the NJASK.Young reviewers tend to give away too much.Haven't mastered the art of hooking. They have mastered the art of telling.Students are sometimes afraid to share their true opinion because grades are at stake, and Students are accustomed to providing what is expected, not what they really feel or thinkMany Students think it's hard to make text-to-world, text-to-text, and text-to-self connections. Librarians and teachers must model this.If you are not ready to write book reviews, do not try this lesson with your class. You will have to write book reviews that the whole class has read. Try working with children's books, or a book you have read together, or that year's summer reading selection (if applicable).  Bruce
  • This is the metacognitive part.  Very important. Realistic. Not artificial.Get SAT models to show kids samplesNJASK samples and other samples are online demonstrating the different rubric levelsStudent centered learningStudents own their ideas and are excited about sharing them; restricting their conversations does more harm than not doing the exercise at allwe need to allow them to see things we do not see in ways that we could not duplicate because of our different schema, experience, and education.
  • Brucequotes - , an unquestionably important skill at almost any age.protagonist - --whether or not we like the novel often begins with the protagonist
  • This is the part people will agree and disagree about; this is the part they will blog on Does the author avoid a deus ex machina ending? Does the novel end realistically in a way that clearly results from the pre-climax action? 
  • Set up decorum for bloggingBruce and Bridget
  • Helpmebloggingpresentation

    1. 1. Help Me! I Think I’m Blogging! Bruce DuBoff Bridget Zino October/November 2009
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Definitions: Social Networking and Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and cons </li></ul><ul><li>Internet sources </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a blog/social network </li></ul><ul><li>Book Reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online courtesy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Definitions <ul><li>Social Networking - An association of people drawn together by family, work or hobby. The term was first coined by professor J. A. Barnes in the 1950s, who defined the size of a social network as a group of about 100 to 150 people. On the Web, social networking sites have millions of members (see social networking site) </li></ul>,2542,t=social+network&i=55313,00.asp
    4. 4. Definitions <ul><li>Blog (web log) - Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site </li></ul>blog. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.Retrieved September 22, 2009, from
    5. 5. Why Use a Blog? <ul><li>An easy medium in which to publish student writing </li></ul><ul><li>Combines fun with information </li></ul><ul><li>Enables students to revise and edit each other’s work (living document) </li></ul><ul><li>Students can create different personalities and create new worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Gives each student a voice </li></ul>Penrod, D (2007). Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy: The Next Powerful Step in 21st Century Learning. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
    6. 6. Why Use a Blog? <ul><li>Collaborative (Part of NJ’s 21st Century Standards) </li></ul><ul><li>Global (Another component of NJ’s 21st Century Standards) </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Real life learning </li></ul><ul><li>Current </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating </li></ul>(2006, July 26). Learning with computers: the pros and cons of blogs by Illya. Retrieved from
    7. 7. Why Not a Blog? <ul><li>Low quality writing </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to grade </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of skill (teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>Time consuming </li></ul>(2006, July 26). Learning with computers: the pros and cons of blogs by Illya. Retrieved from
    8. 8. Blog Sites <ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Word Press (You’ll need access to a server to host it.) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Search for Blogs <ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>Blogcatalog </li></ul><ul><li>Google (Choose more and select blogs ) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Set Up an Edublog Account
    11. 11. Edublog
    12. 12. Edublog Choose no to ensure the safety of your students.
    13. 13. Edublog You must check your email before you can continue...
    14. 14. Edublog Log into your email. Click on the edublogs link and follow their directions to create a blog.   Or... Close out your email and log into Edublogs with the password provided by Edublogs. Find the dashboard and click on the link.
    15. 15. Edublogs Once you are in the Dashboard, choose My Blogs or Visit Site to see the blog you created.
    16. 16. Edublog Edublogs walks you through the personalization process. You can design every aspect. Just follow the directions on your main blog page. Side bars on the left and right sides allow you to customize your blog.
    17. 17. Book Reviews <ul><li>Read other reviews to learn the terrain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User-submitted  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read another review or two of your book first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You do not want to miss something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The whole blogging phenomenon is predicated upon the idea that other people's knowledge and experience have value </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Book Reviews <ul><li>Modeling Book Reviews for Your Students: </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the art of the book review </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of and be ready for the students' biggest pitfalls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving away too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art of the hook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bias rearing its ugly head </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty of synthesizing info for connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling is very important. </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Modeling <ul><li>We need to give our students the confidence to own a critical eye: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students see themselves as reviewers, capable of deconstructing literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach students to identify good writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remind students that criticism is nothing personal; it's business. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be student centered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers and Librarians need to allow students to disagree with us. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. The Book Review <ul><li>1st paragraph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situate the book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure to mention the author and book title in this section. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does this book, or the style of the book, remind you of something? Brainstorm! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Historical fiction - text-to-world connections </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic fiction - text-to-self connections </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading multiple works in one genre, such as a specific non-fiction topic or poetry, is a direct way to generate text-to-text connections </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 21. The Book Review <ul><li>2nd paragraph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of the action: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include at least one quote from the text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>students choose relevant text, a required skill </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>makes them manipulate and cite quotes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with the protagonist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Situate the conflict without revealing too much about it: go to blog—Bruce’s Blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decide on a page that won't exceed when explaining the action </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 22. The Book Review <ul><li>3rd paragraph: </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the book </li></ul><ul><li>Elements of a successful, complete assessment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the book good? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the book have literary merit? Is it well-written? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it employ a unique style or narrative structure?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will it appeal to its target audience? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is the plot satisfying? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways could the novel have been better? What recommendations would you give the author? </li></ul><ul><li>Mention the author and book title in this section </li></ul>
    23. 23. Online Courtesy <ul><li>Rules for Commenting between students </li></ul><ul><li>No foul or inappropriate language </li></ul><ul><li>Be respectful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t degrade or demean other people’s thoughts and opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share a positive comment and then share a constructive criticism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participate empathically </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t drop out of a discussion if you don’t agree </li></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Bibliography <ul><li>The resources used to create this presentation are available at: </li></ul>