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  1. WeBLOGS Cindy DiDonato

  2. What is a blog? • Easily created • Easily updatable web site • Allows an author(s) to publish instantly • As easy as sending an email

  3. Blog vs. Web site • Reflection • Dialogue • Reader engagement • Interaction • Graphics • Photos • Videos • Audio • Static content • Graphics • Photos • Videos • Audio

  4. Difference Between Blog Writing and Traditional Writing • Writing stops. • Writing is inside. • Writing is monologue. • Writing is thesis. • Blogging continues. • Blogging is outside. • Blogging is conversation. • Blogging is synthesis (Will Richardson Blogs Wikis, Podcasts p30-2)

  5. Learning specialists Fernette and Brock Eide found that blogs can: • promote critical thinking; • be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking; • promote analogical thinking • be a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information; • combine the best of solitary reflection and social interaction ( EideNeurolearning Blog,2005)

  6. Classroom Uses of Blogs • Reflect on your teaching experiences • Describe what goes on in each class • Provide some teaching tips for other teachers • Post class- related information • Post class reading assignments and have students comment on them • Publish examples of good student writing and art Let’s consider who is the audience in each case. (Will Richardson Blogs Wikis, Podcasts p39-40)

  7. Scaffolding Blogging • Elementary: use blog to show student work to other classes or parents. • Middle school : ask students to become experts about topics they care about or develop responses to blog readings. • High School: have students use blogs for extended study and reflection on a topic. (Will Richardson Blogs Wikis, Podcasts p32-3)

  8. Blog Safety • Make sure students, parents and administrators are clear about expectations and the reasoning behind the blog. • Check your school AUP so that you have permissions for posting student pictures, videos and first names should you decide to use them. • Decide whether to make your blog private or public. • Choose comment moderation to safeguard against inappropriate comments. (Will Richardson Blogs Wikis, Podcasts p46)

  9. Let’s Create a Blog!