April 21, 2010
Blogs in Plain English - A Common Craft video
Blogging – As an Educational Tool
Classroom uses of Weblogs (Blogging)
- Reflect on your teaching and learning experiences
- Write a description of a specific teaching unit
- Provide tips for parents to extend learning at home
- Post class-related information such as calendars, events, home work, and other important information
- Post assignments based on literature readings and have students respond in their own blogs, creating a portfolio of their work
- Post prompts for writing
- Post samples of class work
- Encourage students to post responses to your posts – maybe an online reading is suitable for your students to read and react to
- Post photos and comment on class activities
- Invite students to post comments to give them a writing voice
- Showcase student artwork, writing, poetry
- Create a dynamic teaching and learning site which contains discussions, pictures, ideas, activities, links to additional information
- Create online literature circles (groups of students read and discuss the same book)
- Build a class newsletter, using student written articles and photos they take
- Link your class with another class somewhere else in the world.
- Post results of surveys they have taken in class
- Have students create their own blogs to complete class writing assignments
- Create an ongoing portfolio sample of their work
- Pretend they are a character in a book you are reading and set up a blog as that character – reacting to the events in the story
- Students could respond to current events and daily news
- Discuss activities done in class and their opinion of them and the learning that took place
(List from “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms” by Will Richardson)
Suggestions from November Learning, Inc.
- Using a blog as an online filing cabinet – students and teachers can upload and store assignments, links, plans and handouts. Audio files (Podcasts) can also be uploaded and downloaded from some blogs
- Collaborative tools – Students can extend conversations outside the classroom, and collaborate with invited guests from around the world and from within the community.
- Literature Circles and Book Clubs
- Online Discussions
- Professional Development
- Writing tools
Blogging with your Students and Stepping it Up- Learning About Blogs FOR your Students – by Silvia Tolisana
Struggling to attract followers to your blog? 5 Tips for Creating Shareable Blog Content provides strategies for enticing readers.
Posting A Quality Post
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Posting a commit of merit is often for students. Educational-Blogging provides quality tips.
Top Picks for Classroom Blogging
For Elementary Students:
Kidblog.org - is designed for elementary and middle level teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog’s simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. (Kidblog is a simplified version of wordpress). No student emails required.
- Kidblog Resources
This 5 minute video outlines how to use Kidblog.
Class Blogmeister – a free, online blogging tool that is specifically designed for classroom use as it allows the teacher to evaluate, comment on, and finally publish students’ blog articles in a controlled environment. To register for your BlogMeister account, contact David Warlick at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a school code, and classes within the school can then register using this code. This document gives instructions on establishing a Blogmeister account, customising and setting up the blog, and then setting up student accounts.
For Secondary Students:
Blogger – Free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.
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