Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What About Blogs? - March 2007

Welcome to the Eighth Floor class, "What About Blogs."

We thought you might be interested in looking at a few of the blogs we find particularly relevant to education and technology integration.

There are thousands and thousands of blogs out there. You will find blogs on any topic, from pet grooming to dissertation research. People of all ages are drawn to blogging as a form of expression. As a collaboration and communication tool, blogs are finding their place in education. Many teachers use them for professional development and continued learning.

Check out the following education/professional development focused blogs:

Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Teachers Teaching Teachers
Blog of Proximal Development
2 Cents Worth

Several teachers are using blogs in the classroom as a tool for collaboration and communication. They find that blogging results in much more authentic learning for students.

Check out the following education/classroom use blogs:

Mrs. Watts Second Grade Computer Classroom
SAS China AP English Literature and Composition
English 12
Maybry Online.org - Classroom and Teacher blogs
Applied Science Research Blogs
Alan November - Examples in Education
Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog (1st and 2nd Graders)
Blogical Minds

Check out the following education/safety focused postings and articles:

MySpace Education
Change Agency

Blogging Tips and Tricks:

Web Blog Basics
Blogs - Anatomy
Blogs for Learning
Evaluating Blogging
logging Best Practices

Being as this is a class about blogging, we think you ought to do a little, well, blogging. (Those of you reading this who are not enrolled in the class, please jump in!) We’d like you to share some of your thoughts or concerns about setting up and using blogs either professionally or in the classroom.
Here are some questions to get you started thinking:
- What do you want to know about blogs?
- What do you already know about blogs?
- How do you think you can use blogs?
- How do you see others using blogs?
- What are you concerned about when it comes to blogs?
- What experiences (good or bad) have you already had with blogs?
- How important is digital literacy for our students?
- OR anything else you would like to blog about.

Come up with at least one idea for using or creating a blog - it doesn't even have to be "school" related, and post a comment at the bottom of this post. Share any other thoughts you might have. If you can't think of something to "DO" with a blog, then share something you have learned about blogs or blogging.

Post your thoughts as a "comment" by clicking on the “comments” hyperlink at the bottom of this posting. You can contribute as “other.” Be sure to include your name somewhere. Read others’ comments and feel free to comment on their comments.

Lee Anne


Lee Anne said...

Bloggers love for readers to leave comments on their posts. Most bloggers want their blog to be a conversation. Mind you, some just want to talk. :-D

Anonymous said...

Most veteran educational bloggers strongly recommend that you spend some time reading blogs before you start blogging with your classes. Perhaps have a family blog in order to practice. Additionaly, get your students reading other student blogs. Depending on their age, you may want to find those for them - just sayin'.

Lee Anne

Anonymous said...

I would like to have a blog for my third grade computer classes.


Anonymous said...

I would like to create a blog page that would allow my students to comment on composers, their music choices, and what we are learning in class.

Anonymous said...

I think I will start a blog to assign assignments for my advanced students. I will also leave links and comments for all my studnets. I hope it will turn into something I will be able to use on a weekly basis.

Anonymous said...

Just as I hoped, I am being educated about a new way to use those computers that are only used for AR quizzes and internet searches. We block access too much in our district and this class is a great tool for me to use in that discussion. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of Blogging. I can think of two ways I could incorporate this into my classroom and professional life. I would like to try this summer blogging with my students on Summer Reading Book Clubs. My kids would love this. Secondly several of the teachers, about 20 of us, attended Colorado’s IRA this past January. From that we formed a lot of new ideas and excitement for our language arts instruction. I have been trying to figure out a way to form a professional community with those teachers. I think this could spring board these ideas.

Anonymous said...

I would like to use blogs as a space for students to post their writings and receive feedback from others, a place for students to respond to and explore literature, and a place to provide enriching activities.

Anonymous said...

I am still in awe about the potential of blogs and the doors that they can open for improving best practice. Looked at the college blog and also found one for nurses. Now need to find one for nursing faculty.
Karen Taylor