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Blogging for the Classroom


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Online version of the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Conference presentation given by Spiro Bolos on 2/26/09

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Blogging for the Classroom

  1. 1. Blogging for the Classroom Spiro Bolos New Trier High School
  2. 2. What is a blog?
  3. 3. “Blogs in Plain English” | from
  4. 4. “If you are in the position where you need to take a white person to lunch for business or pleasure, saying “I know a great sandwich shop,” will always bring out a smile. The white person will then tell you about the great sandwich shop in the town where they went to college and how they had a crush on a waiter, or that there was some special sandwich that they always ordered. This will put the person in a good mood.”
  5. 5. What is Blogging for the Classroom?
  6. 6. Hosting online What is Blogging for the Classroom? discussions
  7. 7. Creating Class What is Blogging for the Classroom? Publications
  8. 8. Sharing your What is Blogging for the Classroom? lesson plans
  9. 9. Organizing your What is Blogging for the Classroom? activity/event
  10. 10. Creating a functional What is Blogging for the Classroom? website
  11. 11. Rationales
  12. 12. John S. O’Connor
  13. 13. Wheaton, IL
  14. 14. Winnetka, IL
  15. 15. “Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies”
  16. 16. “It's a teachable opportunity to address the differences between formal and informal writing. They learn to make the distinction...just as they learn not to use slang terms in formal writing.” — Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew
  17. 17. “The Pedagogy of Weblogs”
  18. 18. “Weblogs are truly a constructivist tool for learning.”
  19. 19. “Weblogs truly expand the walls of the classroom.”
  20. 20. “[B]logs archive the learning that teachers and students do.”
  21. 21. “[T]he Weblog is a democratic tool that supports different learning styles.”
  22. 22. “Weblogs can enhance the development of expertise in a particular subject.”
  23. 23. “[B]logs can teach students the new literacies they will need to function in an ever expanding information society.”
  24. 24. “There are many skills and concepts that need to be foster these new literacies. It is not just a matter of transferring classroom writing into digital spaces. Teachers need to to cite and link and why, how to use the comment tool in pedagogical ways, how to read web materials more efficiently...”
  25. 25. “Blogging requires us to teach students to critically engage media....[h]ow to become efficient navigators in these digital spaces where they will be obtaining a majority of their information.” — Anne Davis, Georgia State University
  26. 26. Types of Classroom Blogs
  27. 27. Teacher-centric
  28. 28. Student-centric
  29. 29. “...sometimes it did not even seem like a homework assignment.” — Sara D., Class of 2009
  30. 30. Student Blog Student Blog Student Student Blog Blog Student Blog Student Blog Home Aide Blog Student Blog (Teacher)
  31. 31. Student Blog Student Blog Student Student Blog Blog Student Blog Student Blog Home Blog Student Blog (Teacher) “Outsider”
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  33. 33. H om e Bl og (T ea ch er )
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  41. 41. [from the Pew Internet and American Life Project: “Writing, Technology and Teens”] “Forty-seven percent of teen bloggers write outside of school for personal reasons several times a week or more, compared with 33 percent of teens without blogs....
  42. 42. Teens also report that writing for an audience motivates them to write well and more frequently — and blogs are one way of providing this type of audience.” — “Blogging Helps Encourage Teen Writing”, eSchool News
  43. 43. How private is this?
  44. 44. Closed
  45. 45. Closed
  46. 46. Open
  47. 47. Open
  48. 48. What tools do I need?
  49. 49. Tools
  50. 50. Tools Google Analytics
  51. 51. (Sunday)
  52. 52. Tools Google Docs / Spreadsheets / Forms
  53. 53. Spreadsheet
  54. 54. Tools RSS Readers
  55. 55. Advice What has worked in the past
  56. 56. 1) Validate within the classroom
  57. 57. 2) Allow comments to count for participation
  58. 58. • Zemanta: • “Drilled”: • “Tools”: • “Ratchet Set”: • “My Swiss Army Knife”: • “Wheaton”: • “New Trier High School”: • “Questions Answered”:
  59. 59. • “Spirals”: • “Rationale for Educational Blogging”: • “Blogging Helps Encourage Teen Writing”: • Solar System: • Classroom: • “Little Secret”: • facebook logo: • “Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies”:,9171,1879169,00.html
  60. 60. • Construction: • Wall: • Card Catalog: • Delacroix: • Book (heart): • Information: • A Tale of Two Cities:,_A.jpg • Walled Garden: