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Nonfiction blogging 2011

  1. 1. Nonfiction Blogging in the English Classroom<br />Lynn Mittler<br />MICDS, St. Louis, MO<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /><br />Your experiences<br />Challenges of blogging<br />Types of blogging<br />Andyp UK<br />
  3. 3. Reasons for blogging<br />Develop thoughts<br />Exhibit understanding<br />Exercise writing and thinking skills<br />Develop an audience<br />Provide opportunity for feedback from teacher and/or peers<br />Learn from others<br />
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  5. 5. Why<br />Critical Thinking and Problem Solving<br />Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence<br />Agility and Adaptability<br />Initiative and Entrepreneurialism<br />Effective Oral and Written Communication<br />Assessing and Analyzing Information<br />Curiosity and Imagination<br />
  6. 6. Why<br />
  7. 7. Student Blogs: Assignment Based<br /><br />
  8. 8. Student Generated Blogs<br />10th Grade Non-Fiction Assignment<br />Atlantic Monthly<br />Economist<br /> Scope: What is the focus of the content of the magazine? Why types of articles does it include? What are the subjects of their blogs?<br />Purpose: What is the purpose of this magazine? To persuade the reader to do something? Inform the reader? Prove something?<br />Audience: Who is the intended audience for this magazine? How can you tell?<br />Objectivity: What point of view does the magazine and its writers represent? Are there topics or advertisements that help you determine this?<br /> On your personal blog, assess the scope, purpose, audience and objectivity of each of the five sites that you visit. <br />
  9. 9. Student Generated Blogs<br />Further Steps:<br />Close Reading of Magazine<br />Business Proposal<br />White Fella<br />
  10. 10. Student Generated Blogs<br />Requirements:<br /><ul><li>Each post is between 350-500 words; make sure to tag it nonfiction
  11. 11. Each post contains hotlinks to at least three things you reference
  12. 12. Each post references at least one other source on your topic or source that inspired your post
  13. 13. Each post contains at least two quotes from sources or other experts on your topic
  14. 14. Each post is carefully proofread, edited and revised
  15. 15. Each post contains an image that is obtained with creative commons licensing and is appropriately cited. The image should enhance your message. (something representational or symbolic, not just a direct image)</li></ul>Images can be obtained at: <br /><br /> (make sure creative commons images are selected)<br />
  16. 16. Student Generated Blogs<br />
  17. 17. Student Generated Blogs<br />
  18. 18. Personal Interest Student Blogs<br />
  19. 19. Student Generated Blogs<br />
  20. 20. Student Generated Blogs<br />
  21. 21. The Art of Commenting<br />Takes training just like any other skill<br />Be clear on your expectations of these comments: purpose, language, frequency<br />Help students avoid the “critical” comment<br />Require students to offer “something new” to the discussion<br />
  22. 22. Assessing and Scaffolding<br />Structure takes time to build<br />Has to be meaningful to students<br />Feedback must offer new things to consider<br />Great resource on the wiki<br />
  23. 23. Podcasts: Garageband<br />
  24. 24. Podcast: Audacity<br />
  25. 25. Podcast Requirements<br /> <br />Requirements:<br />Each podcast will be between 3-5 minutes long.<br />Podcasts will be produced on computers in Olson 218 using Garageband.<br />Podcasts will be written and rehearsed in advance.<br />Students will listen to previous podcasts in order to not repeat previously recorded material.<br />Make sure to cite any material you use in your research for your podcast. <br />In addition to the completed podcast file (.mp3), you will submit your script and any works cited necessary.<br /> Suggestions:<br />Listen to other podcasts from other sources to determine what you find appealing. Listen to how others bring their topics alive. <br />Make an outline of the elements of your story you want to communicate. Consider arranging the order of your story in a way that will capture your listener’s attention. Perhaps start in the middle of the story, go back to the beginning to offer background information and then return to the finish. <br />Consider recording smaller chunks to as to avoid mistakes as you speak.<br />Feel free to interview or add music, if appropriate, to vary your podcast.<br />
  26. 26. Getting the word out:Creating Audience<br />Frogmiller<br />
  27. 27. PLN: Twitter<br />
  28. 28. PLN: Twitter<br />
  29. 29. PLN: Twitter<br />
  30. 30. Modeling: Teacher Blog<br />
  31. 31. Creating a blog<br />
  32. 32. Creating a blog<br />
  33. 33. Creating a blog<br />
  34. 34. Creating a blog: elements<br />Voice<br />Hotlinks<br />Images:<br />Length<br />Mr. Geoff<br />
  35. 35. Following Blogs<br />Students <br />others<br />
  36. 36. RSS Feeds<br />
  37. 37. RSS Feeds<br />
  38. 38. RSS Feeds<br />
  39. 39. RSS Feeds<br />
  40. 40. RSS Feeds<br />
  41. 41. RSS Feeds<br />
  42. 42. Have a great summer!<br />Keep thinking<br />Surf around<br />Write your own<br />Ben Heine<br />