Blogging in the Classroom One step ahead of the students, and loving it! Chris Paton
What is a blog? A blog is a we blog ; a diary written online. A blog is different from a homepage. Blogs are dynamic and often updated daily. Blogs are easy to create and use. Many blogs are free. Chris Paton
Why use a blog? A blog enables students to make use of multi-media online. A blog supports the development of written and spoken languages. Learning is transparent – everyone can see the blog. Learning online is interesting and accessible. There are many resources online. Students’ work can be uploaded and showcased. The students are technologically proficient. Chris Paton
What can I do with a blog? Homework on the Internet. Showcasing students’ work - online. Encouraging students to comment on each other’s work. Give students responsibility for writing on the blog. Involve parents in the education of their children. Develop links and projects with classes around the world. Distance learning. Chris Paton
How do I get one? Visit www.blogger.com Follow the online instructions. Chris Paton
Chris Paton Putting it all together. The possibilities are endless.
Now what? Chris Paton Make your own blog. Play and experiment with your blog. Decide for what purpose you are going to use your blog. Introduce your students to the blog. Agree to a set of values and guidelines in class. Make sure you always have control over content. Have fun.
… and finally Chris Paton On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog.