Using Blogs

June 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

How might you incorporate blogs in your classroom?  -I think how I use the blog would vary with the age/grade level of students I teach.  I think technology is definitely important and younger and younger ages are becoming more efficient than adults using technology everyday, but the world wide web can still be a scary place and I would hope to ease students into this environment appropriately.  I really thought The Skinny and the SocialVoice did a great job using the blog.  They both communicated with parents what the students were doing in the class room as well as getting the student involved and really thinking about the content they were covering; just to different levels or extremes.  I think at the elementary level having all the schedules and contact information is crucial; hopefully it will eliminate some of the phone calls or emails from parents.  I like how the Skinny also had the students take turns posting what was going on that day/week for the viewers to see instead of the teacher; it gives them ownership of their work.  I really liked the various forms the SocialVoice gave the students to respond.  I think some of my awe for that site is just the content they were covering; very emotional, formidable time periods of our country that I’m sure spur some very interesting threads.

 How would you share blogging with teachers in your building and encourage them to give blogs a try?  How might you use professional blogs for PD?  -I think these two questions go hand in hand, depending on the comfort level and desire to learn from the teachers.  For teachers not comfortable with blog, maybe starting out with an unintimidating book talk blog could allow them to use and become familiar with how they work.  I could see having a grade/department blog for the teachers to communicate on shared units, activities, etc.  I think as PD the blogs could be used in endless options.  Simply as a discussion board on what PD sessions the teachers want, or maybe as page to catalogue and discuss quality examples of the topic.  Instructors could use the blogs to get pre-questions prepared for sessions, as well as follow up discussion on how the session went, and results of the material being put into practice, etc.

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