BEHOLD IT’S THE ATTACK OF THE BLOG BLOGS IN EDUCATION BY JAMES A. HIGGS II
WHAT’S A BLOG, BLOGMAN? Well, Boy Wonder It Is The Latest Greatest Thing In Education History Until next week when something else will come along
You See. Boy Wonder • A Blog is a way to communicate • A Blog is a way to publish on the web • A Blog is a way to let the shy, speak • A Blog is a way to reach a wide diverse audience • A Blog is a conversation • A Blog is not an alien life species, that’s a blob
Golly Gee, Blog Man How do I Become a Blogger? Funny you should ask, Blog Boy It’s Easy It’s Fun It’s Legal In most countries: except China
Blog Man Twitters • You can blog by tweeting • You can blog on Facebook • You can blog on My Space • You can blog on EdBlogs • You can blog on Yahoo • You can blog on Google • Lots of places But you can’t blog in a swamp, that’s a bog
GadZooks Blog Man When Can I Blog • You blog in the morning • You can blog at night • You can blog in the evening • You can blog under the porch light But you can’t blog during the school day at a lot of schools due to firewalls and admin policy
Riddle Me This, Blog Man WHAT DO I BLOG ABOUT? HUH, HUH YEA,TRY TO ANSWER THAT ONE
Ka Pow • You can blog about science • You can blog about health • You can blog about math • You can blog about wealth • You can blog about music Just don’t blog about sensitive material or the BLOG MASTER MAY PAY YOU A VISIT
What’s a Blog Master, Blog Man • He could be a principal • He could be the FBI • He could be a Copy Right Lawyer • He could be a defamation case • What goes on the Web, Stays on the web somewhere Don’t say it if it isn’t true and Don’t say it if you don’t want the whole world to know- that’s why it is called world wide web—get it
Blog Me Some More Examples • A class newspaper • A class Wiki is a Blog type • Student papers with comments from others • A online journal • A portfolio of student work • A open ended discussion about a subject • A listing of class activities
Why O, Why O, Would I Blog In Ohio • Students to shy to speak in front of others • Extension of the lesson • Digital Natives LOVE to share what they know or don’t know • Opportunities to hear other ideas and voices • Reduces communication barriers with bi-lingual students and parents • It fits in well with Gardners Multi-Intelligences • Higher Order Thinking Skills
Sooo…Let’s Blog This All Up A Blog can be an educational tool designed to engage gifted, struggling, challenged and bi-lingual learners in the educational process.
And…. It can be used as a method of assessment or as an extended, interactive instructional exercise that actives the imaginations of digital natives.
And…. It reinforces the informational schema of students by creating a platform whereby students can use their multiple methods of learning and expression in order to process and make sense of the world around them.
Blog Man Use Big Words In other words it helps kids learn And That’s what is all about
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