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  1. 1. Blogging 101 By Maureen Cohen Assistant Principal Grafton High School #GHSAPrincipal October 5, 2012
  2. 2. ObjectivesIntroduce types and various purposes of blogsIdentify goals and take-aways for todayShare benefits of student blogging for student learningReview good blogging techniquesExplore blogging sites
  3. 3. Warm-Up GO TO: Why are you here? Top take-away
  4. 4. What is a blog?“A Web site containing thewriters or group of writers ownexperiences, observations,opinions, etc., and oftenhaving images and links toother Web sites.”—(
  5. 5. What are the various types of blogs? Class portal to communicate info E-portfolio of student work Collaborative Space Journaling Microblogs (Twitter) Videoblogs Extended study and reflection on topics Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice with links (complex blogging) Extended analysis and synthesis over time that builds on posts (complex blogging)
  6. 6. Why should YOU blog?
  7. 7. Great example— Right here at Nipmuc!
  8. 8. Why should your STUDENTS blog?1. What needs to change about our curriculum when our students have the ability to reach audiences far beyond our classroom walls?2. What changes must we make in our teaching as it becomes easier to bring primary sources to our students?3. How do we need to rethink our ideas of literacy when we must prepare our students to become not only readers and writers, but editors, collaborators, and publishers as well? Will Richardson talks about blogs part 1
  9. 9. Participant- Centered Encourages Improves writing critical thinkingPromotes Benefits of Gets bettercreativity reflection Blogging Archives Anytime- learning that anywhere takes place learning Invites collaboration
  10. 10. What makes a good student blog? Student Ownership Up-to-date Visuals Purpose Layout Conversations Creative Original Informative
  11. 11. Classroom uses of weblogsPost prompts for writingProvide examples of classworkProvide online readings to react toPublish examples of good student writingPost assignments based on literaturereadingsCreate online book clubLink to another class in the worldStudents write about news itemsStudents express opinions on topicsComplete group projects
  12. 12. GHS Classroom Examples English: Post comments and questions on a digital story project World Language: Travel Blog Math: Daily Scribe of Activities History: Debates Art: Criticism and reflection on work English: Reflection on literature and provocative questions Environmental Science: Reflection on biodiversity in town Music: Analysis of variations in music style
  13. 13. Teach students proper blogging skills. Write the comment like a letter (greeting, body, closing, signature) Use correct spelling, punctuation and spacing Read over the comment and editing before submitting Compliment the writer in a specific way, asking a question and/or adding new information to the post Write a relevant comment that is related to the post Do not reveal personal information in your comment Include links to relevant websites Cite information
  14. 14. Teach students about expectations
  15. 15. Explore the Possibilities Blogs on blogging /search/label/blogging content/uploads/2011/06/blogging- guide-flyer.pdf 2/05/blogging-is- elementary/#comments *
  16. 16. Explore the possibilities: Blogging Websites Blogmeister: *Edublogs: *Kidblog: 21 Classes: *Blogger: (free, easy to use) Live Journal: (free, online community) Word Press: (free, customize the look) Ning: