Lesson 2- Blogs


September 20-26

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what blogs are and how they work.
2. Explain how reading blogs can help a teacher build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN).
3. Create a teacher and/or student blog.
4. Explain how to use blogs in the classroom with students.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Blog- 50 points

Description:

A blog is an on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences, hobbies or interests.

Assignment:

  1. Watch the slideshows and read the websites below in "Section 1- What is a blog?" to learn about blogs.
  2. On your Digital Dozen wiki, create a new page called "Blogs". On your "Blogs" page, write a definition of "blog" in your own words (imagine that a fellow teacher asks you, "What is a blog?" What would you say to explain blogs to him/her?)
  3. Explore some of the blogs listed in "Section 2- Read Some Blogs". Check out the Enrichment section at the bottom of this wiki page for instructions on using Google Reader to subscribe to blogs you like.
  4. Respond to discussion question #1 on the Discussion tab of this wiki page.
  5. Create a teacher blog using Schoolwires or student blogs using Kidblog.org or Edublogs. Refer to the handouts and tutorials in "Section 3- Create a Blog" for instructions. Write at least one post (article).
  6. Explore the websites and blog examples in "Section 4- Ideas for Using Blogs in the Classroom".
  7. Find several other good educational blog examples and list them on question #2 on the Discussion tab of this wiki page.
  8. On your "Blogs" page on your Wikispace, write your ideas for using blogs in your classroom (either teacher or student created). Add a link to the teacher or student blogs you created.
  9. Read the answers to the discussion questions posted by your fellow Digital Dozen classmates. Respond to any comments that you feel strongly about or feel you have something to add.

Section 1- What is a Blog?

What is a blog?
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm


Blogs in Plain English


Why should teachers blog?
http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/732-Why-Should-Teachers-Blog.html

Why should you teach your students to blog?


Section 2- Read Some Blogs

Blogs by Area of Interest

Finding Blogs on Topics That Interest You:
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en

Technology Integration
http://www.thethinkingstick.com/
http://www.thisweekinedtech.com/
http://ilearntechnology.com/
http://www.lucygray.org/weblog/
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
http://blog.simplek12.com/
http://www.teach42.com/
http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/
http://edtechcentral.org/
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/
http://theedublogger.com/

Administration
http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/
http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/
http://www.mguhlin.org/
http://1to1schools.net/
http://specialeducationlawblog.blogspot.com/

Language Arts
http://www.thereadingworkshop.com/
http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/

Social Studies
http://www.historyteachersattic.com/
http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/blogdivided/

Science
http://www.oureverydayearth.com/

Math
http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/
http://blog.mrmeyer.com/

Special Education
http://specialeducationlawblog.blogspot.com/

iPhone
http://www.theiphonemom.com/
http://www.tipb.com/
http://www.topiphoneresource.info/
http://www.whatsoniphone.com/
http://theikidsblog.com/blog/
http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/
http://freeappalert.com/

Cooking
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/
http://simplyrecipes.com/
http://blog.rachaelray.com/
http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/

Sports
http://www.burntorangenation.com/
http://www.40acressports.com/
http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/
http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/

More...
http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-100-technology-blogs-for-teachers/


Section 3- Create a Blog

Site
Tutorials
Teacher Driven Blog
Schoolwires
http://www.gcisd-k12.org

Student Driven Blogs
Kidblog (recommended K-5)
http://www.kidblog.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KtWSaVdzkI
Student Driven Blogs
Edublogs (recommended 6-12)



Section 4- Ideas for Using Blogs in the Classroom

Persuasive Writing
http://east.mesa.k12.co.us/library/persuasivewritingblogs.htm

Using Blogs to Integrate Technology
http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/educationupclose.phtml/47

Using Blogs as Web Based Portfolios
http://www.thethinkingstick.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Blogs-as-Web-Based-Portfolios.pdf

Goals and Benefits of Student Blogging
http://www.thereadingworkshop.com/2009/10/goals-and-benefits-of-student-blogging.html

Introducing Blogging to Students:
http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/12/30/blogging-unit-for-download/

http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/blogworkshop


Samples of Student Driven Blogs

Kindergarten- http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=51141Blogging with Students- http://www.trailsoptional.com/2010/06/blogging-basics-with-students-2/#1st Grade- http://kidblog.org/missdunsigersclass/5th Grade-http://kidblog.org/mslundts5thgraders/

Resources

Student Blog Rubrichttp://thereadingworkshop.wikispaces.com/Student+Blog+Rubric
Blog Score Sheet
http://thereadingworkshop.wikispaces.com/Blog+Score+Sheet
Encouraging Thoughtful Comments
Before beginning a blog or wiki project with students, take some time to teach them HOW to write appropriate comments that will lead to meaningful discussions. Some good sentence starters are...This reminds me of…
This is similar to…I wonder…I realized…I noticed…I’d like to know…I’m surprised that…If I were _, I wouldAlthough it seems…I’m not sure that…

Enrichment

Subscribing to Blogs/ RSS Feeds:
http://karenogen.blogspot.com/2010/06/subscribing-to-blogs-and-sites-with.html
http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/RSS

Using Google Reader to Subscribe to Blogs:


Google Reader in Plain English


Other Ways to Read Blogs:
http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/06/tech-trends-time-to-ditch-rss/