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What is a blog?

  • A blog, or web log, is a way to keep an online journal
  • There is primarily one author
  • Others can comment on and respond to the ideas of the author
  • Blogs are a great resource for your own professional development
  • Blogs are very linear and displayed in chronological order with the most recent post at the top
  • Blogs are primarily public - Moderation is key

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Blogs in education:.

Safe Blogging Tools to with Students and Parents


Good Blogging tools to use with Parents

Jigsaw

Each row will be assigned a link to read about. Each side will then share the important points from the article
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Google Reader




  • Reading blogs using Google Reader
    Purpose: A blog is an online journal or series of articles. This is a feed reader that you can use to subscribe to and read blogs, such as professional development-related resources. Students can use Google Reader to read your classroom blog, as well as other content-related blogs that you suggest.
    Classroom applications: Teachers read blogs for professional development and staying up on various topics of interest to them. Students can read blogs created by their teachers (with class information) or about a variety of topics being studied, study techniques, etc.
    How to get started: Google Reader is not a part of the Google for Education Derry site. To use Google Reader, you will need to go to Google Reader site and set up a new account (if you don't already have one).
    Use this external image pdf.png Google_Reader_quick_start.pdf to get started.
    With Firefox, subscribing to blogs is a one-click operation (add to Google Reader). If you want to use Internet Explorer, install the Google toolbar to make this easier.

Blogging in Professional Practice


The Generator Blog - Awesome list of sites for free digital media software

How Can YOU integrate Blogging????



Brainstorm ways that you envision blogs being integrated into your classroom. Post your ideas on the discussion tab at the top of the page.


64 Interesting Ways to Use your Blog

Here is a list of blog integration ideas from Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Will Richardson), pages 40-42

You might like to create a reflective, journal-type blog to . . .
  • reflect on your teaching experiences
  • keep a log of teacher-training experiences
  • write a description of a specific teaching unit
  • describe what worked for you in the classroom or what didn't work
  • provide some teaching tips for other teachers
  • write about something you learned from another teacher
  • explain teaching insights you gain from what happens in your classes
  • share ideas for teaching activities or language games to use in the classroom
  • provide some how-to's on using specific technology in the class, describing how you used this technology in your own class
  • explore important teaching and learning issues

You might start a class blog to . . .
  • post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments, and other pertinent class information
  • post assignments based on literature readings and have students respond on their own blogs, creating a kind of portfolio of their work
  • communicate with parents
  • post prompts for writing
  • provide examples of classwork, vocabulary activities, or grammar games
  • provide online readings for your students to read and react to
  • gather and organize Internet resources for a specific course, providing links to appropriate sites and annotating the links as to what is relevant about them
  • post photos and comment on class activities
  • invite student comments or postings on issues in order to give them a writing voice
  • publish examples of good student writing
  • showcase student art, poetry, and creative stories
  • create a dynamic teaching site, posting not only class-related information, but also activities, discussion topics, links to additional information about topics they are studying in class, and readings to inspire learning
  • create a literature circle (where groups of students read and discuss the same book)
  • create on online book club
  • make use of the commenting feature to have students publish messages on topics being used to develop language skills
  • ask students to create their own individual course blogs, where they can post their own ideas, reactions, and written work
  • post tasks to carry out project-based learning tasks with students
  • build a class newsletter, using student-written articles and photos they take
  • link your class with another class somewhere in the world

You can encourage your students to blog . . .
  • their reactions to thought-provoking questions
  • their reactions to photos and content you post
  • journal entries
  • results of surveys they carry out as part of a class unit
  • their homework
  • their ideas and opinions about topics discussed in class

You can have your students create their own blogs to . . .
  • learn how to blog
  • complete class writing assignments
  • create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing]
  • express their opinions on topics you are studying in class
  • write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest
  • discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them
  • write about class topics, using newly learned vocabulary words and idioms
  • showcase their best writing pieces

You can also ask your class to create a shared blog to . . .
  • complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task
  • showcase products of project-based learning
  • complete a WebQuest

Create your parent consent form or Blogging Agreement

Blogging Rules or Agreements

Some examples are posted at Blogging101.

Taking your students into cyberspace is much like taking them on a field trip; teachers should have parents sign consent forms (unless your district or school's Acceptable Use Policy specifically covers blogging and other online media.)

Check out Blog2Learn's Guidelines and Responsibilities for excellent resources about starting a blogging program with your students and establishing guidelines for respectful and productive blogging.

These are two examples from my school district.

Evaluating Blogs - Rubrics

1) Blog Refection Rubric
2) Comprehension and Analysis Blog Rubric
3) Research Blog Rubric

Wordpress Blog





Blog Home

Writing blogs using Wordpress
Purpose: A blog is an online journal that is authored by one or a few people, with each post being commented on by others. (The author can control if who may comment and if comments must be approved before going "live.")
Classroom applications: Blogs are a great and easy way for teachers to communicate with students, parents, the community, and others. Teachers can assign students to comment on blog posts on a variety of topics, prompts, and assignments. Students can keep their own blogs to have book discussions, to share ideas and tips, to reflect on their learning process, or to refine their writing skills across the curriculum. One of the big advantages of blogs is that they allow students to write for a genuine audience.
How to get started: After the C3E3 blog domain is set up, you will receive an email with your user name and password. You can go to and create a blog for your school. Here is a quick start guide for this: external image pdf.png Quick_Start_Guide_for_C3E3_Blogs.pdf
Students can comment on your posts without signing in; however, please instruct them to include their name (first name and last initial only). All comments will come to you for moderation before they are posted to the web site.

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