Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What About Blogs? - April 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 have found their place in education. Many teachers use them for professional development and continued learning.

Check out the following education/professional development focused blogs:
Webblogg-ed
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
BlogSafety.com

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.
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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.
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YOUR TASK:

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.

Thanks!
Lee Anne

6 comments:

Lee Anne said...

Most bloggers like to get comments - some just like to talk.

Lee Anne

Michelle said...

I'm overwhelmed by all the information right now. It will take some time for me to navigate my way through all these different blogs and for me to learn all there is to know.

Michelle

Angela said...

Blogging seems to offer many opportunities to develop critical thinking and responsible information consumption skills.

Angela

Carol said...

It was interesting to see the versitility of blogs while searching in Google Blog Search! I found everying from a job posting to a denominational, grass-roots debate. I can see that I have found yet another way to spend countless hours online!

Middle School World Staff said...

You got us intersted in doing a related blog of our own at https://blog.middleschoolworld.com.
We linked to you -- didn't think you'd mind.

Thanks for the solid info.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Lots of blogs to look through -- thanks for the links. On my own I find it difficult to separate the "meat" from the "fluff" when searching blogs and sometimes get frustrated at spending too much time doing the sorting. Having resources like this really helps with the process.
Becky Reed