How To Use Blogs In the Classroom Blogs may be great educational tools and they give students complete freedom to publish content on the web, but if you don’t know how to effectively implement them into the classroom, they’re only as good as wadded up balls of paper in the trash. With the inception of Common Core standards and The No Child Left Behind Act, all educators require teaching literacy across the curriculum. Getting kids to write, especially the weaker writers, can be a challenge in itself but getting kids to write about math can be even more challenging – unless you use blogging as your literacy tactic. Blog writing is informal, unlike academic writing, which may be intimidating to some, if not all, of your students. What is a Blog? Blog is short for web log. Blogs are written on all kinds of topics from A to Z. How can Teachers and Students use Blogs? Teachers can use blogs to publish assignments, resources, and keep students and even parents up to date on class events, due dates, and content being covered.
So...You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional. I can use this space to share resources with you, reflect on my own practice and try to figure out how to be a better educator. It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning. Think about when you were in school. You write an essay. Blogging changes that for kids. More and more teachers and classrooms are embracing blogging in the classroom. There are lots of platforms to use. Five Steps To Starting A Classroom Blog-Ms. Two Critical Tips For Blogging Projects-From my good friend Bill, this post offers some more great advice on blogging in the classroom and how to make it successful. Collection Of Blogging Resources-When I think of classroom blogging I think of Silvia Tolisano. Tips For Blogging With Students-Sue Waters (from Edublogs) also has written a lot about blogging with kids. Student Blogging Guidelines-Some teachers will want some guidance in place when they undertake blogs with kids.
Blogging in classroom - How to get started As education evolves and starts to embrace rapid developments in technology, we’re starting to see new teaching methods being introduced to the classroom that take advantage of this digital revolution. One form of digital communication being increasingly exploited for learning purposes is blogging. It’s a platform that has been widely used by individuals and businesses for a long time now, and its educational potential is increasingly being acknowledged. If you’re thinking of setting up a blog for your class, here’s your guide to getting started. What do I mean by “classroom blog”? There are several possible ways of utilising the power of blogging in a classroom context. Which will best suit the needs of your classroom? Benefits of blogging in education Before getting into the nitty gritty of how to set up a blog, let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages of blogging in an educational setting. Blogging allows students to express their opinion Starting a classroom blog Self-hosting
Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly. One Assignment, Many Objectives After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. I tried to ensure that the assignment would: Address multiple Common Core standards Hold students accountable while minimizing stress Be structured enough to provide clarity while giving freedom to experiment Be varied enough to keep students engaged Get students to write for multiple purposes I introduced blogging to my juniors, reminding them to keep an open mind about this experiment (they could relate to that; I teach in a STEM school that focuses on life science and experimental research). It. Skill and Enthusiasm First and foremost, student writing is improving by leaps and bounds. Less Agonizing Pain
How to Blog With Young Students Blogging -- or Web logging -- most often is thought of as an activity for high school students. Did you know, however, that students as young as kindergarten age now blog on a daily basis in a variety of exciting ways? Read on to find out how elementary blogging works, what topics elementary students and teachers cover in their blogs, which software programs and tools to consider, and cautions and tips for starting your own blog. At its core, blogging -- or Web logging -- is a method of online journaling. As David Warlick points out on his Web site, however, the blog has evolved rapidly into something more: Educators know that students write better when they have a real audience -- not just a teacher with a red pen. So, what do students in grades K-6 blog about? Many middle and high school classes use such Web-based programs as Blogger or LiveJournal. The simplest way to begin is to download a program like Blogmeister. Another easy alternative is KidzBlog.
Blogging in the classroom: why your students should write online | Teacher Network Writing in classrooms seems to me to have two wildly different, conflicting purposes: a limited, traditional and strict purpose - because exams, like many decent jobs, will be about written skill; and a wider, idealistic one: the ultimate method of exchange of ideas in depth. So, first, we should repeatedly use formal tests to acclimatise students to exam-specific writing requirements - dull, precise, necessarily regular. And beyond that, we'd let writing have free rein, encouraging students to be as ambitious, open-ended and wide-ranging as possible. That would mean loosening up most classroom time outside of the revise/test/peer-mark cycle to be about project work, self-directed learning, talk and flexibility; and we'd make the recording of learning a highly flexible process, for students to write what, and when, they like. So I've spent the past few months with GCSE and A-level classes doing absolutely no writing at all beyond sample tests and student blogs.
Using Blogs to Integrate Technology in the Classroom, Education Up Close, Teaching Today, Glencoe Online Using Blogs to Integrate Technology in the Classroom As the Internet becomes an increasingly pervasive and persistent influence in people's lives, the phenomenon of the blog stands out as a fine example of the way in which the Web enables individual participation in the marketplace of ideas. Teachers have picked up on the creative use of this Internet technology and put the blog to work in the classroom. The education blog can be a powerful and effective technology tool for students and teachers alike. What is a blog? Blogs are set-up like conventional Web sites, with navigation links, and other standard Web site features. Postings are often short and frequently updated. Although blogs have been around for years, they have recently gained in popularity and consequently have received more media coverage. Blogs work well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer. Blogs may be viewed publicly, as any other Web site.
Blogging in The Classroom: How to Get Started It’s no secret that blogging is more than just a hobby. For many people around the world, it’s also a career, but could it be even more than that? What about blogging in the classroom, is that an option? Could this practice benefit students across high school and college? In a word? As bloggers, we grow our knowledge and learn new things each and every day. Blogging stretches all kinds of mental muscles, and it affords limitless opportunities to expand your knowledge. It’s incredible how much potential blogging has as a tool for education, so teachers, let’s find out how to get this into your classrooms. Here’s what we’ll discuss today: Ways to bring blogging into your classroom and daily lesson plansThe litany of benefits blogging brings to educationDeciding the purpose and goals of your blogSetting up your classroom’s blogEasy ways to promote and grow your classroom blog 1. Check out some sample blogs here. From here, the blog becomes an amazing tool that has no limit: 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2.
Teaching With Blogs Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Blogging With Photovoice: Sharing Pictures in an Integrated Classroom Make the most of your students' diverse ability levels and experience with a prewriting activity in which they describe an abstract idea using blogging and photographs that they have taken. Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia Students work together to create their own utopias, using blogs as the primary source of publication. Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Creating Character Blogs Students view examples of blogs, learn the basic elements of blog creation, and then create a blog from the perspective of a fictional character. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Exploring Careers Using the Internet Doctors, astrophysicists, and daycare providers are only some of the careers that will be explored in this lesson in which students research careers and publish occupational summaries about them. Grades 8 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
The Benefits of Educational Blogging This in an update of older posts about the benefits of educational blogging. 2013 is the sixth year that I have maintained a classroom blog. When I first began I didn’t know much about blogging at all and I didn’t realise there could be educational benefits to running a blogging program. I thought having a class blog would be a bit of fun and a good way to connect with parents. As time has gone on I’ve come to realise that blogging brings many educational benefits. The diagram below summarises the most powerful benefits I’ve found from blogging (so far): Social Skills and Confidence: While some people may be quick to say that blogging and online social media can inhibit social skills, I see blogging as a terrific starting point. Student Perspectives I’ve created a couple of videos with my students in the past to allow them to highlight some of the advantages of having a class blog. I made this fifteen minute video with my grade two students in 2011.
Using Blogs in a History Classroom What Is It? Using the technology of blogging in the classroom to improve critical thinking and analysis skills. Rationale Using a teacher-created blog in a history classroom is a way to engage students through a different medium. Students of today relate more and more to technology and will welcome a different way of learning. Description This teaching guide will assist teachers who want to set up their own blogs for their history classrooms. Teacher Preparation Choose a site. The screenshot above shows what appears after a student clicks on the comment link. In the Classroom There are several different ways a teacher-created blog can be used in a history classroom. Have students post ideas and opinions about topics discussed in class.Have students post potential thesis statements and allow other students to comment on each thesis. Common Pitfalls When you decide to create your own blog there are some pitfalls to avoid. Start slow and small; don’t try blogging with all your classes at once.
5 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging In Your Classroom | OLE Community Last fall, I decided to learn more about starting a blog in my classroom. Thanks to an OLE contest, I had a brand new set of iPads. And with my new technology came an eagerness to try out all of the amazing things I had heard about it. Among a long list of things to incorporate into my classroom was blogging, and I started with it since I had heard so many great things from other teachers. Why Blog? 1. Students are excited about blogging because it provides an outlet for them to express themselves. 2. The teacher acting as “sage on the stage” is becoming a thing of the past in K–12 education. Blogs are an easy way to get students more actively involved in helping one another! 3. Collaboration is only one of a handful of 21st-century skills that blogging can help promote in your classroom. 4. Every teacher is familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy and the goal of helping students achieve higher levels of thinking such as evaluating and creating. Download full-size diagram to print 5. Arts Science