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Blogs, Blogs, Blogs. Meredith Nelson January 30, 2008. Blogs in Plain English So what’s a blog anyway?. Let’s Learn a bit about the parts of a blog by checking mine out.

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Blogs, Blogs, Blogs

Meredith Nelson

January 30, 2008

Blogs in Plain English

So what’s a blog anyway?

Let’s Learn a bit about the parts of a blog by checking mine out

Now that I understand the parts of a blog. I want to see one that might help me out.

This website lists blogs by grades and how they’re used. Take sometime to explore them and brainstorm how you might use a blog yourself.

Also, check out:

“I know what a blog is now, but what does it have to do with my kids and my classroom.”


Posting Assignments with a Twist

Discussions about Current Problems

Book Recommendations

Post Study Guides

Students Study Together

Research and Safe Navigation of the Web

Reading Response

A class website for spelling list, helpful websites, and even polls.

“There’s so many ways to use it. Here’s some I haven’t tried yet!”

  • Online Book Clubs or Literature Circles

  • Blog Buddies with Students in another classroom …maybe even another country?

  • Publishing Student Work

  • Student create Math Word Problem and go on to answer ones created by their classmates.

  • Post photos from class events

  • Use it to post collaboratively on literary concepts

  • Post Videos and have student reflect on them

  • Older Grades: Students create their own blogs as online journals and writing portfolios

“Is your head brimming with ideas I didn’t mention? Share them!”

“Alright I can post a comment on a blog, but how easy is it to make my own?”

  • Create a blog in 3 easy steps:

  • Create an account

  • Name your blog

  • Choose a template


    Take a look at my “dashboard”

Blogs in elementary schools the PROS and CONS (I’m biased)



  • Running record for conferences

  • Social learning (girls-collaborative)

  • Authentic Audience

  • Different Medium for Homework (NOT ALL THE TIME)

  • Increased Student Motivation

  • Teaching web safety

  • A Positive Way to use Computer Time

  • Specific Praise

  • Typing skills

  • Preparing Kids for the future

  • This is new. Change isn’t easy.

  • I don’t have time for it…especially monitoring it.

  • Safety?

  • Parents

  • They’re too young.

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