3/30 Tech Tip: Blogging

What is a blog?
A blog (short for “Web Log“) is basically a journal or personal diary that is available on the web. Blogs are typically updated daily using content management software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain them. Many blogs allow visitors to make comments, or “postings” in response to the blogger, or ask questions. 

Why blog in the classroom?
As the picture above illustrates, blogging provides the opportunity for our students to practice many of the lifelong skills that we want them to grasp and understand. Blogging provides a safe place for our students to communicate and collaborate with their classmates, creatively share their writing and reflections, and practice their reading skills. Most of all, a blog provides a great way to ENGAGE your students with technology! 

Blogging Explained
A video for an explanation of blogs in “Plain English” – http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=12423&title=Blogs_in_Plain_English.

BrainPop also has a great explanation about blogs – http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/blogs (You will have to log in)

Here is a presentation that I use to introduce my students to blogging. Feel free to use it if you need to. It may need to be adjusted based on the grade level you teach – 

Getting Started
www.wdpsd.com/admin – There is a blogging feature inside our website. This would be the easiest way to get started because there is not another website to set up. ALL postings and comments must be approved by you to get posted to the site.
www.edublogs.org OR www.kidblog.org – Both of these FREE sites provide password protected student accounts for you to use. You will be the administrator of the student accounts and will have the ability to accept/decline all student posts and comments. This is a GREAT way for each student to have their own individual page that they can update as their leisure. 

Here are some great ideas about how to incorporate blogging in the classroom. Click here, here, and here to view a HUGE list of classroom blog examples. Looking for a way to assess all of this technology stuff? Here is a list of several technology rubrics…including one for blogging! 

Silvia Tolisano recently presented at the Teacher2Teacher Conference and did a great presentation about blogging. Check it out! 

If you are interested or need help setting up a classroom blog, let me know!

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