Blogs, Blogs, Blogs Meredith Nelson January 30, 2008
Blogs in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI So what’s a blog anyway?
Let’s Learn a bit about the parts of a blog by checking mine out www.nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com
Now that I understand the parts of a blog. I want to see one that might help me out. http://escrapbooking.com/blogging/class.htm 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: www.brownthird.blogspot.com www.spanishsaavy.blogspot.com
“I know what a blog is now, but what does it have to do with my kids and my classroom.” Uses: Posting Assignments with a Twist http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2008/01/super-sentences-with-new-twist.html http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2008/01/super-sentences-with-twist.html Discussions about Current Problems http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2008/01/tips-for-handling-bullying.html
Book Recommendations http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2008/01/recommend-books-here.html Post Study Guides http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2007/12/holidays-around-world-study-guide_11.html Students Study Together http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2007/12/create-two-quiz-questions-and-answers.html
Research and Safe Navigation of the Web http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2007/11/pick-owl.html Reading Response http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2007/12/summarize-legend-of-your-choice.html A class website for spelling list, helpful websites, and even polls. http://nelson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/
“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 @ www.blogger.com Take a look at my “dashboard” http://www.blogger.com/home
Blogs in elementary schools the PROS and CONS (I’m biased) PROS CONS • 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.