Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blogging


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  • What is a blog? A blog is a WEB + LOG or microblogs like twitter which are all online means of communicating thoughts and information. It really can be anything you want it to be (instagram, pinterest, TPT, etc). As always, start with an objective and have a plan.
  • Why are blogs a good idea? Blogging is a form of relevant,authentic learning that offers the students a global perspective through communicating outside the classroom walls. Many people make money from blogging and college’s favor students who have a digital writing portfolio that includes blogging. Blogging is also an interactive form of practice with technology, reading and writing that does not happen from a worksheet.
  • How will we blog?  Blogging as a whole class using the classroom website or twitter, or individually using a safe platform such as kidblog.
  • What type of voice and language do you use in a blog post? A blog is a conversation that has quality content. The language should not be formal but grammar, spelling, and punctuation are important. A blog style is not a “class” paper, it is more of a journal entry. Finding your “voice” takes time, have students start blogging at the beginning of the year and then have them review their posts later in the year to see if they can notice any changes in how they write. A blog is a great way to learn about positive commenting that keeps a conversation going. Some teachers have students rate the comments by level where the rating depends on how much the comment added to the conversation. A “good job” comment does not add to the conversation.
  • What is one way to use elements on the web in your blog post? A blog can contain other elements of the web such as a short video from the class, a picture, or a web link to a relevant website. It can even contain audio recordings from the class. Any outside sources of information must be cited by a hyperlink that refers to back to the  original source but a formal citation list is not included. Also any pictures can be credited by a hyperlink.
  • SOL’s - Any strand SOL can be the subject of a blog plus the applicable computer technology SOL’s are covered.
This is a great resource of blogging tips and a good comment generating sentence that will lead to appropriate comments.
http://samsinak.blogspot.com/2014/06/10-tips-to-help-you-start-classroom-blog.html


A comprehensive information site on classroom blogging with stu
dent examples on how to make it successful.
http://allaboutkidsblogging.blogspot.com/

Kidblog how to:
http://goo.gl/KytFvx


A place to find other teachers who blog with their classes:

List of great ideas on what to blog about in the “Lots of Ideas” tab
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogideas2.cfm

Blogging Examples:


Act fast:
Apply to participate in the Global Education Project


Lets Start Blogging -
Add a comment on some ideas you might have for your class in the comments section below.