Friday, August 10, 2007

What About Blogs - Vinita August 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:
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Teachers Teaching Teachers
Blog of Proximal Development
2 Cents Worth
The Good Habits Blog

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
AP English Literature and Composition

English 12
Maybry - 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
Bogs for Learning
valuating 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 post. 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


Anonymous said...

Blogging can be used by teachers and students to keep up on what is going on with extracurricular activities. With cheerleaders, we can keep up with what we are wearing and when we are leaving and who is or isn't going. It also gives kids a chance to let the sponsor know their thoughts or feelings without having to state it all face to face.

bstecklein said...

This is all new to me. Hopefully I can connect with some of my students that don't want to "talk" in class. Now I just have to figure out how to best use this in by class.

Anonymous said...

I'vde thought of having a VHS Computer Tech blog, for teachers to voice tech issues that are concerns or ideas but not a reportable "problem." The tech support staff could use it to propose/get feedback on ideas.
~ Richard Hays

open up said...

from scratch with blogs!I´m so eager to start using them as one more motivating tool! can´t wait to turn a blog geek!!!

Anonymous said...

I checked out "Evaluating Blogs" and think that this might be useful to show students who are doing research. Patricia Galien