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W200 Final Project

  1. 1.  New Jersey High School Learns the ABCs of Blogging • The Prose of Blogging (and a Few Cons Too) • Supporting Learning by Activities Using Group Blogs
  2. 2. • Summary  Reflection Article Index
  3. 3.  English Literature Students – Hunterdon Central Regional High in New Jersey  Read The Secret Life of Bees and created literary web-blogs  Made study guides for the book  Two years later, the site had over 2 million hits including 2300 word response from the book‟s author Sue Monk Kidd
  4. 4.  Versatile Technology Tool › 3 Cs  Communicate  Collaborate – considered the most compelling aspect of blogging by many  Construct in new ways › Well suited for K-12  Fast, Easy, Affordable › Free sites › Can be hosted locally if funding is available
  5. 5.  I did not realize that schools can host their own sites; this may cost money, but would be extremely useful for educators.  Educational blogs aren‟t just for your students; they will appear when other students and educators search for your topic on search engines such as Google or Bing.  This teacher created a blog space just for parents; showing that blogging can go beyond just the student-teacher relationship.
  6. 6. • Summary  Reflection Article Index
  7. 7.  West Caldwell Public Schools  Teachers created blogs for their students to use › From 3rd graders to 11th graders › 74% believed that blog posts helped them articulate their ideas › 60% thought blogging helped them begin writing their papers for class › Younger students used blogging to write papers step-by-step and were excited to receive feedback from peers, teachers, and college students who volunteered to help
  8. 8.  “Blogging for the sake of blogging is fine, what is the value added?”  Write more, write better › “Teen bloggers are far more prolific writers than their non-blogging counterparts.” › Unanticipated results: transferred knowledge learned during blogging to other academic and social aspects of the classroom and also learned technology skills even though they didn‟t receive specific instruction  Experimentation is key for educators › “It is imperative for teachers to develop their own tech skills so they can bring technology‟s academic benefits into the classroom.”
  9. 9.  The 3rd graders in the township worked with college students; this must have created even more motivation for the students to continue blogging, even outside school!  This article talks a lot about the importance of educators educating themselves about the new advances in technology. This is something that I had not remembered to think about; if the teacher doesn‟t know how to work the technology, the students won‟t be able to benefit from it either!  This article makes a very good point: the writing process cannot be ignored when writing a blog. So many students are used to writing in slang and in abbreviations when they are online, so it is extremely important to continually remind the students to write as if they are turning in an assignment.
  10. 10. • Summary  Reflection Article Index
  11. 11.  This paper presents a case study conducted to observe the benefits of educational blogging, specifically in mathematics.  The conductors of the case study believed that, “Blogs combined with a proper pedagogical approach such as „learning by design‟ enable teachers to offer high quality learning experiences to their students.”
  12. 12.  Students participating in blogging have opportunities to: › Reflect on their texts › Engage in writing for significant time intervals › Trigger long dialogue with their readers leading to new writing cycles  “Learning by Design” › Specific Environments › Stages  Theme-question selection  Design and first implementation of the artifact  Pilot application of the artifact  Feedback information gathering  Reflection  Design application › Teacher‟s Roles: support students‟ efforts and guide students‟ interaction
  13. 13.  The fact that this study was centered around mathematics was an “a-ha” for me; this proves that blogging can be used for more than just subjects similar to English.  Teachers are key players in a student‟s blogging experience.  This article stresses the importance of the repetition of specific stages in the “learning by design experience”, which has never occurred to me before!
  14. 14.  Fessakis, G., Tatsis, K., & Dimitracopoulou, A. (2008). Supporting “Learning by Design” Activities Using Group Blogs. Educational Technology & Society, 11 (4), 199–212.  Ramaswami, R. (2008). The Prose of Blogging (And a Few Cons, Too). THE Journal. Retrieved from  Richardson, W. (2005). New Jersey High School Learns the ABCs of Blogging. THE Journal. Retrieved from