Class Blogs are the next killer app

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Class Blogs are the next killer app

  1. 1. Joel BackonCLASS BLOGS ARE THE Teachers Helping Teachers NEW KILLER APP January 31 , 2012
  2. 2. BACKGROUND 2
  3. 3. GROUND RULESThis class blog will replace daily in-class writing. You should post to this blog at leastonce each day of a reading assignment. You may post more if you would like and atanytime you would like as long as there is at least one post per reading assignmentprior to the class in which the assignment is discussed.Posts should be original comments with a hypothesis explaining an event/idea weread about or a conclusion based on an event/idea. In all cases, your thesis shouldbe clearly stated at the start of your post (even if it says you disagree with anotherpost), and should be supported by specific information either from the reading orother sources.Posts will be graded once per week on a rotating basis, and will be based on thequality of your posts as well as the number of times you post. Remember that thisblog is public for all practical purposes, so what you say and how you say it isimportant. 3
  4. 4. HOW BLOGGING 12 WaysIMPROVES THE COURSE 4
  5. 5. 1. REGULAR WRITING 5
  6. 6. 2. COLLABORATIVE 6
  7. 7. 3. PRE-CLASS DISCUSSION 7
  8. 8. 4. COMMON COURSE JOURNAL 8
  9. 9. 5. FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 9
  10. 10. 6. LOW RISK TEST OF IDEAS 10
  11. 11. 7. EGALITARIAN 11
  12. 12. 8. KNOW ALL STUDENTS BETTER 12
  13. 13. 9. VEHICLE FOR NON-SPEAKERS 13
  14. 14. 10. REGULAR TEACHER FEEDBACK 14
  15. 15. 11. REGULAR COURSE EVALUATION 15
  16. 16. 12. DEVELOP BETTER ARGUMENTS 16
  17. 17. LESSONS LEARNED & PLANS 17
  18. 18. LESSONS LEARNED Make expectations clear Provide feedback Make the posts count Use them in class to stimulate discussion Teach kids that a public voice is the voice that matters 18
  19. 19. PLANS Switch things up next term  Blog posts 3x  VoiceThread 1x  Chalk talk screencast 1x Expand the reach of the blog outside our classroom Involve the book authors or other notable scholars in the field 19
  20. 20. QUESTIONS AND jbackon@ DISCUSSION choate.edu 20

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