Chapter Two & Chapter Three WEBLOGS. By: Mary Bondon. Topics to be discussed in Chapter 2 & 3. Chapter 2 Weblogs: Pedagogy and Practice Weblogs in schools The pedagogy of weblogs Blogging across the curriculum Blogs as a resource Classroom uses of weblogs
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By: Mary Bondon
Chapter 2 Weblogs: Pedagogy and Practice
Weblogs in schools
The pedagogy of weblogs
Blogging across the curriculum
Blogs as a resource
Classroom uses of weblogs
Standards for the English Language
Chapter 3 Weblogs: Getting Started!
Blogging with students
Blogging step by step
Adding pictures and more to blog post
A Weblog is an easily created, easily updateable web site that allows an author or different authors to publish instantly to the internet from any internet connection. As the world revolves technology becomes more advanced. Weblogs are comprised of reflections and conversations that in many cases are updated everyday.
David Jakes’ blog “The Strength of Weak Ties” is one ofmany popular “edu” blogs. Like most, regular posts arefeatured in the middle column while links to otherbloggers and archives can be found in the side columns.
Weblogs can serve at least four basic functions.1. Classroom ManagementClass blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners. As they are easy to create and update efficiently, they can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board.2. CollaborationBlogs provide a space where teachers and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience. Teachers can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review. They also make online mentoring possible. For example, a class of older students can help a class of younger students develop more confidence in their writing skills. Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions.3. DiscussionsA class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom. With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions. Students have time to be reactive to one another and reflective. Teachers can also bring together a group of knowledgeable individuals for a given unit of study for students to network and conference with on a blog.4. Student PortfoliosBlogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios. As older entries are archived, developing skills and progress may be analyzed more conveniently. Additionally, as students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing. Teachers and peers may conference with a student individually on a developing work, and expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.The Purpose of Weblogs in Schools..
-Gives you the ability to turn in homework and class assignments through weblog.
-Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
-Excellent opportunities for students to read and write.- Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.-Powerful tools to enable scaffolding learning or mentoring to occur.
Learning specialist Fernette and Brock Eide’s research shows that blogging in its truest form has a great deal of potentially positive impact on students. Finding that blogs can:
-promote analytical and critical thinking
-Increase exposure to quality information
-Combine the best Social Interaction
Weblogs come in many packages like blackboard. A classroom portal is the correct term allowing professors to communicate with us by posting our syllabus, class room assignments, grades, test and projects. Not only is a class room portal an easy way for teachers and students to communicate its also another way to GO GREEN and protect the earth by going paperless.
Before you can understand the pedagogy of weblogs you must understand the meaning of pedagogy:
noun, plural -gies. 1. the function or work of a teacher; teaching.
2. the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.
WEBLOGS ARE TRULY A CONTRUSTIVIST TOOL FOR LEARNING, BECAUSE THE CONTENT THAT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CREATE IS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB, IT IS CONTENT THAT BECOMES A PART OF THE WIDER BODY OF KNOWLEDGE THAT THE Internet represents.
When starting your own blog, you might want to start small by using the first few post to just create a link to something interesting that you’ve read along with a short excerpt, nothing more.
Be a public blogger-put your name on your work.
Do not air negative comments on blog.
Monitor the content being posted
Establish rules for online use
Screen what your kids plan to post before they post it.
Ask yourself (and instruct your kids to do the same) if you are you comfortable showing any of the content to a stranger.
Evaluate the blogging service
Save the web address of your child's blog
Check out other blogs to find positive examples
Blogging is simple just find the blogging site you want to join and follow the steps and options they give you.
EASY AS 1, 2, 3!
For example: edublogs.org runs on word press and is an open source blog solution that has become extremely popular. In just a couple years it serves300,00 education related blogs.
With a weblog you have the ability to:
Easy way to communicate
Need to keep it constantly updated otherwise you lose potential readers
Easy to start, hard to maintain
Lose physical connect with society
BEING FUTURE READY…As of July 2011, there are an estimated 164 million blogs (from 3 million in 2004)
-40% of bloggers are full time bloggers
-About 2/3 of bloggers are male
-The US has about 49% of the blogging population worldwide
-5% of the blogs are business-focused and 14% are focused on technology or Internet marketing
-Traffic sources: 41% Search Engines, 28% Social Media, 20% Referring Sites
-WordPress is used by about 40% of the blogs (not noted whether WordPress.org or WordPress.com)
-Top 3 most popular sites for Social Networking (and sharing content): Facebook, Twitter, Linked In
Please take the time to read chapter 2 & 3 in Will Richardson’s “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms”