Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Reflective Teacher... Reflective Student Using Blogs to Encourage Student Writing Keystone Summit 08 Kristin Hokanson & Linda Nitsche
Blogs in Plain English. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI
Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog What is a blog? Developed by Mark James Normand <ul><li>Blogs are usually (but not always) written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>Structured in reverse chronological order most recent entry is listed ﬁrst. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically have a strong personal perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily updated through user-friendly software. </li></ul>
Voiceless and generic. Conforms to speciﬁc guidelines. Guidelines taught ﬁrst & students are expected to follow. “School Writing”
“School Writing” Writing is presented as a skill to be mastered. Teachers determine the content. Writing is done for single purpose & read by one person (teacher).
Students are the writers and the teacher is the sole reader. Traditional Classroom http://flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/
The student learns to write by following the precepts of the instructor, delivered through the grading process. Traditional Classroom http://flickr.com/photos/besphotos/2358170498/
Students become distanced from their own text. Writing is done only to be evaluated. The success lies in the writer’s ability to trigger the right responses in the teacher. Students begin to write according to speciﬁc formulas. As a result...
Blogs allow... Students have opportunities for authentic writing. Students write regularly. Peer-response is offered regularly. Productive discussion is encouraged. Writing emerges from discussion/common goals. The teacher becomes a reader.
Student vs Teacher driven http://www.scienceleadership.org/drupaled/E10C http://www.scienceleadership.org/drupaled/E10D
Student created & managed http://students2oh.org/
Blogging Guidelines http://blogging101.wikispaces.com/Permission+Slips What are some things that you would like to see included in a student guideline for blogging…discuss with a neighbor and add your ideas to the wiki
<ul><li>To grade or not to grade… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This has been a topic of concern for teachers, parents and administrators. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we incorporate self-evaluation and peer-evaluation as part of the process? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we as teachers see and evaluate growth in student writing and thinking? </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>What kind of privacy settings will you use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who can see the student blogs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who can post comments? Just that class, any of your students, or anyone at all? </li></ul></ul>Privacy
Let users drive the content Encouraging Participation
Your prompts should be open-ended. Encouraging Participation
Try not to limit the scope of the activity. Encouraging Participation
Participation will increase if you allow students to share their own views rather than answer questions. Encouraging Participation
<ul><li>Don't be afraid of conflict </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t discourage disagreement and debate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw the line at personal attacks and persistent disruptive behavior </li></ul></ul>Encouraging Participation