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Esa2 pat hubert elk point jefferson fall 2010

ESA2 – Pat Hubert

Elk Point-Jefferson Fall 2010

Blogs in the Classroom

Epj 21 st century skills

Let’s all go to……..

EPJ 21st Century Skills

Learning targets
Learning Targets

  • Learn K-12 applications for using blogs

  • Create a blog

  • Learn the basics of these applications

Let s do it
Let’s DO IT!

  • Use the link just under “Blogging in the Classroom” to post your thoughts….



highly customized experiences





21 st century skills
21st Century Skills

Communication and collaboration

Creativity & innovation

ICT Literacy (information, communication & technology)


Short for Weblog

First blog(s) were created around 1997

(CNET, March 20, 2007)

Two new blogs are now created every second

You can create a blog in under a minute!

So again why blog
So again….Why Blog?

Students write better for a real audience

Open dialogue - share knowledge & reflect

Combines solitary reflection & social interaction

Increase access & exposure to quality information

ELL Students

Blogging across content areas

Communicate with parents using a blog




The pedagogy of weblogs
The pedagogy of Weblogs

Truly a constructivist tool

Can expand the walls of the classroom

Blogs archive learning (facilitates reflection and meta-cognitive analysis)

Democratic tool that supports different learning styles

Enhances the development of expertise on a topic

Teaches students new literacy's (research, organize, synthesize)

Blogging is conversation
Blogging is conversation

Blogging Is…

Blogging isn’t…

Posting assignments

Journaling (this is what I did today)

Posting links

  • Links with analysis

  • Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice without links/commenting

  • Links with analysis & synthesis that show a deep understanding of the content being linked to

  • Extended analysis & synthesis over a long period of time (builds on previous posts & links)

Blogging across the curriculum

Science experiments run concurrently with different sites around the globe (Epals)

Language students (and Ell) can create conversations with native speakers

Phys Ed can log and analyze their workouts/diets

History students can construct sites for ancient civilization/conflict study

Blogging across the curriculum

Examples of school blogs
Examples of School Blogs around the globe (

Classroom uses of weblogs more ideas
Classroom uses of Weblogs (more ideas…) around the globe (

Reflective/Journal Blog

Class Blogs

Post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework, etc.

Communicate with parents

Post prompts for writing

Provide examples of class work

Create an online book club

Publish examples of good student writing done in class

  • Reflect upon your teaching experiences

  • Keep a log of teacher training experiences

  • Provide some teaching tips for other teachers

  • Describe how you use a technology in your own class

  • Explore important teaching and learning issues

  • Write about something you learned from another teacher

What ideas do you have for using blogs in your classroom
What ideas do you have for using blogs in your classroom? around the globe (

Find a partner – discuss how you would like to use a blog

Test it out by placing your ideas on

The following blog:

Introducing blogs to students
Introducing blogs to students around the globe (

  • Elementary: (Teachers may need to do the writing) Ask authors, scientists, politicians, parents to join into conversations about ideas. Students can ask questions and reflect on answers.

  • Middle School: Students as “experts” on topics – compare and reflect. Structure ways to include reader response

  • High School: Extended studies and reflections upon a topic. Incorporate feedback from readers, synthesize information from a # of different sources, advance new interpretations of the topic

Evaluating blogs
Evaluating Blogs around the globe (

  • Even the New York Times can get it wrong

  • Bloggers will fact check your info!

  • How do you tell what is reliable when essentially every source can be incorrect?

  • Blogs are essentially unedited content

Evaluating blogs1
Evaluating Blogs around the globe (

  • Find out about the author

  • Who owns the site? (

  • - type in URL , how many links?

  • Take a look at the author’s blogroll (the list of blogs the blogger links to)

  • Find out as much as you can about the blogger’s personal agenda (read through other posts)

  • Do they seem credible? Is there an obvious political bias? Is something being bought or sold? Are others commenting?

Blogging with students
Blogging with Students around the globe (

  • Start by posting homework assignments and relevant links

  • Get the students reading blogs

  • Good blogging starts with good reading!

  • Let the parents know you have created a site

  • Models & examples

  • Let students respond to posts

  • Give each student his/her own blog

Technorati around the globe (

  • A search engine for media including blogs, photos, videos, and audio.

  • If you want to create more visibility for your blog, you may submit your blog to the technorati database.

Twitter around the globe (

  • A microblogging site

  • 140 char max

  • Email or text messages to phone.

  • Messages are sent to all who subscribe

  • Messages are called “tweets”

Let s get started
Let’s Get Started! around the globe (

To blog or to wiki
To Blog or To Wiki? around the globe (

Writing process: Blog



Cannot be edited by others

Collaborative writing: wiki

Can be edited by all

Peer review

Collective knowledge

Changes are tracked

Safety privacy
Safety & Privacy around the globe (

Create and Adhere to school technology policy

Review the entire policy with staff, students and parents

Communicate to parents what you are doing and why

Teach ethical and legal behavior for social software use

Thank you www edec org esa
Thank You! around the globe (

Pat Hubert