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30 Day Blogging 
Challenge 
A Reflective Journey for both 
Teachers and Students 
Beth Leidolf, NBCT 
email: leidolf.beth@...
By the end of this presentation... 
- understand the benefits of blogging for both 
teachers and students 
- learn how to ...
Our experience with blogging 
Let’s share about our experiences using or 
working with blogs- take the survey :) 
Go to th...
My beginnings with blogging 
Justine Hughes and 
The Te@chThought Community Wiki 
fostering a global community of learners...
Te@chThought Community Wiki 
September 2014- 30 Day Blogging Challenge celebrating 
Reflective Teacher Month 
- connecting...
Why Blogging for Students? 
Benefits to students: 
-students sharing, creating content, leading discussions on topics 
-bl...
Why Blogging as an Educator? 
Benefits to teachers: 
-more opportunities for you to interact with students 
-easier sharin...
Your own blog challenge...Step 1 
Establish your blogging goals! 
1. Who’s going to read/participate in challenge? 
● stud...
Blogging platforms 13+ 
Wix 
Wordpress 
Blogger 
Weebly 
fuelmy blog in UK 
blogcatalog- Education tab (14+) 
kidblog- Tea...
Other options for curating thoughts 
Edmodo- social learning platform 
Smore-design flyers 
LiveBinders- e-portfolios 
Goo...
Your own blog challenge...Step 2 
Create and advertise! 
1. Choose thoughtful or thematic questions 
let’s generate some i...
Your own blog challenge...Step 3 
Share, reflect and grow together! 
1. Monitor and coach, provide consistent and 
persona...
Your Feedback will be amazing! 
Indicates community/teamwork building, growth, and 
transferring of things learned to clas...
Your moment to get started! 
Let’s take our ideas to connect/reflect/grow with our 
students and with each other! 
Want to...
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The 30 day blogging challenge- A Reflective Journey

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This slide show presents information on the value of blogging as well as how to set up your own blog challenge for your PLN or students

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The 30 day blogging challenge- A Reflective Journey

  1. 1. 30 Day Blogging Challenge A Reflective Journey for both Teachers and Students Beth Leidolf, NBCT email: leidolf.beth@gmail.com blog: bleidolf.blogspot.com Twitter: @bleidolf67 Google+: ElizabethLeidolf
  2. 2. By the end of this presentation... - understand the benefits of blogging for both teachers and students - learn how to set up a blogging challenge for your PLN or your courses
  3. 3. Our experience with blogging Let’s share about our experiences using or working with blogs- take the survey :) Go to this link: http://tinyurl.com/bloggingfun
  4. 4. My beginnings with blogging Justine Hughes and The Te@chThought Community Wiki fostering a global community of learners through reflection and collaboration ● collaborative areas/pages where everyone contributes! o Google in the classroom o Genius Hour/Passion Hour o reflective blogging o book reviews o Project based learning o encouraging global competencies, literacy o home and school partnerships o student-centered classrooms
  5. 5. Te@chThought Community Wiki September 2014- 30 Day Blogging Challenge celebrating Reflective Teacher Month - connecting teachers from around the globe - encourage a community of learners - reflective prompts - supportive environment for sharing of ideas - supportive feedback from moderators and participants - over 100 reflective teachers participating - positive feedback October 2014-Connected Educators Month #ce14 - Tuesday Twitter chat 6 p.m.CST - Thoughtful Thursday weekly blog posts #reflectiveteacher
  6. 6. Why Blogging for Students? Benefits to students: -students sharing, creating content, leading discussions on topics -blog posts encourage meta-cognition (thinking about thinking) -more feedback and interaction from the instructor -deepens critical thinking skills (What? Why? How?) -writing skills improve with regular writing, reflection, peer feedback -blogging increases student interaction with the course material -more opportunities to interact with each other (student participation) ● seeing others thoughts, different POVs on issues, deepens own perspectives about topic, issues
  7. 7. Why Blogging as an Educator? Benefits to teachers: -more opportunities for you to interact with students -easier sharing and discussion of current events/relevant resources with students or other professionals -deep reflection on practice ● What do we do? What just happened? ● Why do I do what I do? Why did that just happen? ● How can I improve? -get valuable/helpful feedback from other educators/experts in field -extend your PLN -make new connections!
  8. 8. Your own blog challenge...Step 1 Establish your blogging goals! 1. Who’s going to read/participate in challenge? ● students ● teachers ● teams, collaborative groups ● personal reflection/e-portfolio 1. What’s the purpose/reflective goal of the activity? ● overall growth and progress for students or yourself? ● students demonstrating proficiency in an area? ● personal goals, reflection ● district, curricular or team goals
  9. 9. Blogging platforms 13+ Wix Wordpress Blogger Weebly fuelmy blog in UK blogcatalog- Education tab (14+) kidblog- Teacher register, get permission from Ps for Ss under 13, 18 can get own account liveJournal Tumblr- short-form blog http://kidslearntoblog.com/45-best-blogging-sites-for-kids/
  10. 10. Other options for curating thoughts Edmodo- social learning platform Smore-design flyers LiveBinders- e-portfolios Google Sites any other sites? https://www.smore.com/xup31-mathemagical-moments-in-workshop?ref=board https://www.smore.com/educators
  11. 11. Your own blog challenge...Step 2 Create and advertise! 1. Choose thoughtful or thematic questions let’s generate some ideas!http://tinyurl.com/bloggingfun3 1. Get the word out ● social media ● school website ● district news sent home ● class websites, newsletters
  12. 12. Your own blog challenge...Step 3 Share, reflect and grow together! 1. Monitor and coach, provide consistent and personal feedback, encourage visits to others blogs, share your blog as well! 1. Blog of the Week- group voting 2. Badges for participation, blog of week 1. Highlight student/participant blogs- (safe) social media, wiki page, class websites, school media/press
  13. 13. Your Feedback will be amazing! Indicates community/teamwork building, growth, and transferring of things learned to classroom work/teaching! Thank you! Reflection is helping me gather my thoughts! -@anonenglish What’s funny is that wasn’t even planned on writing! lol Which made me realize how important reflection really is! @KidsCreateArt Feeling grateful to have the opportunity to learn from thoughtful Ts worldwide @TrNancy13 The blogs are terrific! Dedicated, thoughtful educators helping students! @kschneider44 Grateful for the opportunity! Such a motivating challenge! Blog is now a valuable asset to my practice! @MrBlendy
  14. 14. Your moment to get started! Let’s take our ideas to connect/reflect/grow with our students and with each other! Want to participate in a 30 Day Blogging Challenge? Te@chThought Community Wiki kicks off another one in November!

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