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21st Century Communication Using Blogs

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21st Century Communication Using Blogs

  1. 1. 21 st Century Communication using Blogs Julia Osteen Technology Instructional Lead Teacher Greater Atlanta Christian School
  2. 2. Benefits of using blogs <ul><li>The weblog can be a powerful tool for reflection, communication, and community building. </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Forum for publishing your views or expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Reader feedback </li></ul>
  3. 3. Professional Practice <ul><li>What makes a blog article good? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.infinitethinking.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs </li></ul>
  4. 5. Class Blogs <ul><li>http://students2oh.org/2007/12/16/teaching-brevity/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://itc.blogs.com/patrick/2005/02/5th_grade.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://duckdiaries.edublogs.org/2006/04/20/2nd-graders-write-about-our-missing-duck/ </li></ul>
  5. 6. Blog solutions for classrooms <ul><li>Class Blogmeister </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://classblogmeister.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://edublogs.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 Classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.21classes.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. What are kids saying about blogging? <ul><li>When asked to reflect on a question in class, the response was “why don’t we blog about that?” </li></ul><ul><li>Two blogging classes have a cyber-pal relationship. When a visitor to one class mentions he is from Europe, the first graders ask “is that near Moose Jaw Canada?” Their point of reference was for the location of the buddy class. </li></ul>
  7. 8. What are kids saying about blogging? <ul><li>When a school in Maine experienced severe flooding 3 times last spring, 200 kids went online, chatting to each other, sharing photos of the flood and spreading the word that school was closed. </li></ul>
  8. 9. What are kids saying about blogging? <ul><li>Responses from 1 st graders: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you like about blogging? “all of it” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ it helps you with writing because you have to sound out the letters” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I like it because you get to write.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ it makes you a better writer” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Two people commented on my blog!” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. The Bottom Line <ul><li>Provides an authentic audience for writing – not just an audience of one </li></ul><ul><li>Uses tools that digital natives are in tune with </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an avenue for student voice </li></ul><ul><li>Kids are blogging anyway, let’s teach them productive uses for the technology! </li></ul>

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