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We know that good commenting skills are essential in the world of blogging. After all, blogging is really about having and maintaining conversations with other people online. After spending some time getting used to commenting on our own class blog, we established a class commenting protocol that set out to accomplish 7 main goals.
A classic tongue-in-cheek MindShift post from last November is making the rounds on Twitter. For those who haven’t seen it yet, I’m happy to repost here, just in time for back-to-school. By Katie Stansberry
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Want to know more about blogging, blog terminology and use of blogs in education? Here you go! Check out our “ Introduction to Blogging ” that you can read online here or download as a PDF version . Enjoy and hope you find it helpful! P.S.
How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, a sweet-natured kid who lives with his two sisters and his aunt/guardian a few blocks from Elmhurst Community Prep (ECP) middle school. Last year, Makeal missed more than 20 days of school, partly due to being sick from asthma. But since he started an after-school blogging apprenticeship with Google, through the Citizen Schools enrichment program, his absences have declined.
One of the roadblocks to teaching children how to blog is that many of us teachers don't know how to do it ourselves. Should that be a requirement? Not necessarily. Teachers need to embrace the authenticity that is derived from blogging, though, and make that their goal. Kids need to write, (we all know that) and blogging provides a great venue.
One of the most common requests for workshops that I receive is to help teachers create and utilize blogs in their classrooms. Over the last few years I've run blogging workshops many times and each time the workshop is a little different and hopefully a little better than the last. This year I've run my blogging workshop more frequently than ever and have now arrived at what I think is a simple, but strong framework for introducing teachers to classroom blogging. I now introduce workshop participants to classroom blogging by outlining three fundamental purposes of blogging. Those purposes are distributing, discussing, and demonstrating.
Posted by Kathleen Morris (McGeady) on Sunday, February 21st 2010 I am currently in the process of introducing my Grade Two students to blogging. Our 2KM class blog is proving to be very popular with students and families. As I have previously blogged about, I like to follow these steps when introducing blogging to students. This is my third year of blogging with young students and I am still learning all the time.
The school year began in Victoria, Australia last week. Many teachers have been thinking about the benefits of having a class blog and are keen to start their own class blog. I’ve been getting lots of questions about the process of starting a blog so I thought I would write a post to help get new bloggers started (note, the views below are all my own). 1. Choose Your Platform If you are working in a Victorian Government School , I recommend you head straight to Global2 .