Friday, January 18, 2008

Welcome to Blogical Discussions with Bixby Educators

As a collaborative and constructive tool, blogs have found their place in education. Educators are using them as learning tools not only for their students, but for themselves.

Blogs in Plain English

Lee LeFever of the Common Craft Show

So What’s a Blog?
Let the
6 & 7 year olds from Room 9 at Nelson Central School educate you about what they think a blog is and why they love using them!

Let’s Talk About Blogs
How is a blog different from a website?
What does it mean to blog, be a blogger?

Why do you think you or your students might be attracted to this as a form of expression?
The first step to being a good blogger is to be a good blog ____________?

Education Professional Development Blogs
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Blogs on Educational Blogging

Classroom/Student Blogs
Arthus - NewlyAncient
Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog (1st and 2nd Graders)
Blogical Minds


If you were to integrate blogs or blogging into your curriculum or professional development, how do you think you would most likely do that?

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Lee Anne


Anonymous said...

I might use blogging to have choir students converse about choir practices/events/ and activities. They would probably be most interested in blogging about music.

Anonymous said...

I can't answer the question, as I do not know enough about creating a blog to usefully consider how I might use one. I hope that in the remaining 35 minutes of this class, I will learn how to create a blog.

Randall Briggs

Anonymous said...

It seems pretty overwhelming. First, I hate to read from the computer. Also, I am slightly ADD and reading this leads me to three h ours spent in front of a computer. Third, if I do this for edulational purposes, I do not want it to slide into a social discussion. Finally, I do not like the idea that you cannot tell how genuine a person is in their blog. It can all be garbage; you cannot fool people face to face. Oh one more reason, I cannot type worth a darn.

But I am willing to give this a try...

Anonymous said...

This is fun! I liked the student's blog site.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be very useful, for students to talk and discuss classroom curriculum. Also, it could be used as a method of communication between teacher and studetns regarding classroom procedures. A blog could create more coherence of what is expected in class over the curriculum as well as assignments and when they are due.

Anonymous said...

In alt ed we check out our students MySpace pages and read their blogs so that we know more about what's going on in their lives. Many of the kids won't tell us when something is bothering them, but most of them will post it on the web. It gives us an idea of why they are acting up in class and we are better able to address their problems. We can also share the info with the counselor when he comes to visit with our students.

Anonymous said...

I would use a blog to keep students and parents up to date about upcoing events as well as grading information. Hopefully that will help keep the phone calls and e-mails away...wishful thinking.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a "Book Review" or "Book Club" blog. Students could post a book they have read and start a discussion about it or we could agree about a certain book to read as a group and then blog our thoughts about the book. This would be a great way to get kids to talk about books!

Anonymous said...

I believe that blogs are a wonderful way to engage students in the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Blogging can be a great outlet for students to share their thoughts when they might not be so open in the classroom to reveal their ideas or perspective. Safety, security and genuineness are crucial though, so I don't feel comfortable using blogs as cited works. Could be great primary sources though if the blogger could be validated.