B LO G S
Giving students a voice
A website where individuals or groups generate
texts, photographs, videos and links.
B lo g s in S c h o o ls
Blogs are tools and like any other tool can be
used appropriately or misused.
Misused blogs occur in an educational setting
most likely when there is a lack of direction.
Blogs properly used can demonstrate proper
online behaviour and address issues of online
Blogs also play an important role in literacy.
Wh y s tu d e n ts
s h o u ld b lo g !
People will read their work
Gives students a chance to share what they have
learned with others
Participating in collaborative learning projects
Inspire them to learn
Give shy students a chance to communicate with
G e t t in g S t a r t e d
To create your blog:
First check out my blog
Go to http://coriforbes.blogspot.com/
Create a user name and password
Start to experiment with your blog
F ir s t A s s ig n m e n t
f o r y o u r b lo g
Please post your response to the following
Persuade the board of education supporting your
opinion on whether you should or shouldn’t have
to wear school uniforms. Please use your own
voice in your response.
S e c o n d Ta s k
When finished your response go on to three
classmates blogs and respond to their persuasive
piece on school uniforms.
Please be cautious of others feelings and
remember writing on a computer does not have
facial expressions and students can not sense
sarcasm. So be polite and thorough.
P o s t A r t ic le s
Please scan the Internet for articles or examples
of persuasive writing.
Read through these examples and then post one
on your blog
To post simple cut and paste onto your blog
Te a c h in g
Show examples of persuasive writing
Point out the voice in the examples
Do a class example of persuasive writing with voice
Edit the class example
Have students write a persuasive piece on their own
choosing their own topic (give them choice)
Post their piece on their blog for the rest of the class to see.
Complete a performance wall with your students
F in a l Ta s k
Using all that you have learned, researched and
the rubric provided please respond to the
Write a letter to the board of education persuading
them to build us a bigger gym. Please use your
own voice in your response.
Post your response in your blog.
Reflect on what you noticed was different from
your first response to your second and now your
R e f le c t io n
Please reflect on what you liked and didn’t like
about this activity
Also go to three other classmates blogs and
reflect on two things they improved on and two
things they could still work on. (2wishes and 2
B lo g s a r e
u n lim it e d f o r
lit e r a c y
Blogs can be use to:
Write book reviews with voice
Communicate with different counties and schools through writing
Share opinions on up to date facts about the world
Help your special education students with assignments by:
computer having the option of software that reads all the text
Modify and accommodate lessons
Programs like Dragon can be used to complete assignments , where you talk into the computer and it writes what you say
The possibilities are unlimited in what technology can do for your students that are “at risk” or regular education.