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Mr. Blogger

Will Richardson

Topic: Blogging

What is this?

Blogging is an online diary, basically.Blogs can maintain commentary on news or student topics in the classroom. Microblogging is another form of blogging that you could try. If interested in looking at a running blog visit this site for ideas on blogging and for ideas on commenting with students you could visit my blog.

Blogs for teachers
Cool Cat Teacher
Grade 3 Blog

Classroom Uses

"Henry Farrell identifies five major uses for blogs in education

1. Teachers use blogs to replace the standard class Web page. Instructors post class times and rules, assignment notifications, suggested readings, and exercises. Aside from the ordering of material by date, students would find nothing unusual in this use of the blog. The instructor, however, finds that the use of blogging software makes this previously odious chore much simpler.

2. Instructors begin to link to Internet items that relate to their course. Mesa Community College’s Rick Effland, for example, maintains a blog to pass along links and comments about topics in archaeology.15 Though Mesa’s archaeology Web pages have been around since 1995, blogging allows Effland to write what are in essence short essays directed specifically toward his students. Effland’s entries are not mere annotations of interesting links. They effectively model his approach and interest in archaeology for his students.

3. Blogs are used to organize in-class discussions. At the State University of New York at Buffalo, for example, Alexander Halavais added a blog to his media law class of about 180 students. Course credit was awarded for online discussion, with topics ranging from the First Amendment to libel to Irish law reform. As the course wound down with a discussion of nude bikers, Halavais questioned whether he would continue the blog the following year because of the workload, but students were enthusiastic in their comments

Mireille Guay, an instructor at St-Joseph, notes: “The conversation possible on the weblog is also an amazing tool to develop our community of learners. The students get to know each other better by visiting and reading blogs from other students. They discover, in a non-threatening way, their similarities and differences. The student who usually talks very loud in the classroom and the student who is very timid have the same writing space to voice their opinion. It puts students in a situation of equity.”

4. Some instructors are using blogs to organize class seminars and to provide summaries of readings. Used in this way, the blogs become “group blogs”—that is, individual blogs authored by a group of people. Farrell notes: “It becomes much easier for the professor and students to access the readings for a particular week—and if you make sure that people are organized about how they do it, the summaries will effectively file themselves.”

5. Students may be asked to write their own blogs as part of their course grade. Educational Technologist Lane Dunlop wrote about one class at Cornell College: “Each day the students read a chunk of a book and post two paragraphs of their thoughts on the reading.” In another class, French 304, students were given a similar exercise. Using a French-language blogging service called Monblogue, Molly, a business student, posted a few paragraphs every day."

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6. Using the class blog in the classroom can be an instrument for getting feedback on your teaching strategies. Students will write about assignments and comment on the ways they can learn best and what they liked about the lesson. They will tell you better ways to construct the lesson.

7. Teachers use blogs as a professional development strategy. They can convene and discuss ways to use the blog in the classroom as well as a professional tool for themselves.

Examples of Classroom Uses

Search the internet and list several examples you find of this being used in the classroom. Hyperlink.