Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What About Blogs? (8th Floor Class - Feb 7, 2008)

What About Blogs?
As a collaborative and constructive tool, blogs have found their place in education. As educators, we are using them as learning tools not only for our students, but for ourselves.

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
Weblogg-ed - A blog by Will Richardson
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - A blog by Wesley Fryer
Blog of Proximal Development - a blog by Konrad
Blogs about Educational Blogging - a wiki by Support Blogging.com



Classroom/Student Blogs
Arthus - NewlyAncient (high school student blog)
The Good Habits Blog (blog for students)
Mrs Cassidy's Classroom Blog (elementary)
Blogical Minds (This is a blog created to explore what happens when 5th graders blog and converse about literacies in class and beyond)

Check out the following education/safety focused postings and articles:
MySpace Education
Change Agency
BlogSafety.com
Blogs, Fair Use, and Paying to Play

Blogging Tips and Tricks:
Web Blog Basics Blogs - Anatomy
Blogs for Learning
E
valuating Blogging
B
logging Best Practices
Top 10 Blog Writing Tips
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QUESTION!
Since this is a class about blogging, we thought you might want to do a little, well, blogging. So, 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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Thanks!
Lee Anne

2 comments:

Amanda said...

I am going to use my blog post as a tool for medical students, faculty and staff of OSU-CHS as well as others not affiliated with OSU-CHS to ask questions and comment on new research studies the doctors are doing. I want feature a new doctor, researh topic and/or up and coming studies for the school each month or every two weeks. I think this will be beneficial for the school because it will allow students and other people to look at what kinds of research OSU-CHS is doing.

djlindon said...

I believe I would begin by using a blog as a Resource tool by providing various links, quotes, and other reference material. This would augment the course text and classroom discussion.

Many times students will express interest in a topic related to the chapter, but not covered very throughly in the text. I could use the blog to post additional resources that might be of interest to the students...plus encourage student comments to the material. I would also challenge students to add their own links and research findings.

I think this would just help the students dig deeper and make the material more meaningful.

dana