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Franklin Teacher Blog

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Franklin Teacher Blog

  1. 1. Blogs
  2. 2. What is a blog? <ul><li>A blog is an internet tool that allows users to write about certain interests </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are a quick, informal way to allow other users to write, react and share </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are very popular with younger people. In 2004, 48% of bloggers were under the age of 30. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2004, blogging has become more common and is widely used by people in all facets of life. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is it an effective means to engage students? <ul><li>Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! </li></ul><ul><li>Students are interested because they love technology </li></ul><ul><li>Students are acquiring knowledge in a non-traditional setting </li></ul>
  4. 4. (cont.) <ul><li>Every student is involved, at a computer and can work at their own pace/level </li></ul><ul><li>Means of communicating with peers and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Helps encourage participation among all students </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogging adds pedagogical value to traditional instruction <ul><li>Blogging is a means of encouraging higher order thinking among the students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can easily provide scaffolding </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can assess student learning via responses and reflections posted on the blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs allow for differentiated instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs allow students to work cooperatively in teams </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educational Uses in the Classroom <ul><li>Post materials and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Online discussions (forum) </li></ul><ul><li>Class publication or newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to other resources </li></ul><ul><li>Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Stories (NJ ASK prep) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual field trip </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestion Box </li></ul><ul><li>Study Group </li></ul><ul><li>Display of research/ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Parent communication (2 way) </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemental lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Open Ended Responses (higher order thinking) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advantages to Blogging <ul><li>Prepares students for technologically based society </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes sharing of ideas (for all students) </li></ul><ul><li>Motivates students through use of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Provides venue for socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of expression </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible from anywhere </li></ul>
  8. 8. Disadvantages to Blogging <ul><li>Can lead to inappropriate discussions </li></ul><ul><li>No personal contact/ loss of social interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Students without internet access are isolated </li></ul><ul><li>Can create stress for students who are not internet savy </li></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Ramifications for School Personnel <ul><li>Share lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Share current events </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Franklin Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Panitch’s Classroom Blog </li></ul>

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