Unit 2: Use of Blogging

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Topic and Purpose

Blogs can be used as needs assessments to track student progress and evaluation of instruction; this component will help you become familiar with the different blogging sites along with reviewing the importance of creating effective rubrics.

Learning Objectives

  • Learners will learn how lessons through blogging can be successful
  • Learners will explore different sites and examples of educational blogs already created


Lesson 1: Blogging Lessons

Learning Objectives

  • Learners will learn how lessons through blogging can be successful


Read

Blogs can be used very effectively inside classrooms. From the previous unit, you were able to see how discussions and reflections could be incorporated into blogging. Now, I want you to take a look to see how these two activities within blogging can create engaging and meaningful lessons for students.

Read the article, Lessons Learned From The Holocaust: Blogging To Teach Critical Multicultural Literacy and That's Online Writing, Not Boring School Writing": Writing With Blogs And The Talkback Project. Both of these articles provide examples of how blogging has been effectively used in classrooms.

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Click on this link to view article Lessons Learned From The Holocaust: Blogging To Teach Critical Multicultural Literacy


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Click on this link to view article That's Online Writing, Not Boring School Writing": Writing With Blogs And The Talkback Project


Do

In the DISCUSSION section, discuss the information and success of the following lessons that incorporated blogging. In your discussion post, consider the following question prompts:

  • How did these lessons use reflections or discussions through blogging?
  • Are there any areas you think should have been changed or would have to be changed to work in your classroom? Why or why not?
  • Are there aspects of these lessons could you see working in your classroom? Why or why not?


Reflect

Before moving onto Unit 3: Use of Blogging, begin to narrow down a lesson you think you could create using blogging in your classroom. Would it be an in class assignment? Homework assignment? Project? Would you require students to upload things to their sites? Comment on each other's post?

Lesson 2: Blogging Sites

Learning Objective

  • Learners will explore different sites and examples of educational blogs already created


Watch

You have now become a little bit familiar with EduBlogs and have signed up and even made your first comment! Now, watch the following video and become even more familiar with EduBlogs and trial some of the aspects out on your own blog! Give your blog a theme, create a profile page, ect!


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Click on this video link to view


Do

There are so many other sites to use for blogging for free besides EduBlog, signup for at least two other blogs from the list below at trial out their different aspects:


Reflect

On My Blog, add a comment with a link to your EduBlog page. Create a post about the two other sites you signed up for and give them a review. Rank all three sites from 1 to 3, 1 being the site you would definitely use and 3 being the sit you would least likely use. Be sure to state both things you liked and disliked about each site and how student friendly they could be if used in your classroom.

Engage with at least 2 other peers' posts by commenting, questioning, or connecting to their response as well to engage discussion.

Navigation

Move on to: Unit 3: Creation

Move back to: Unit 1: What is Blogging?

Return to:Introduction to Blogging

References

"Blog.com." Blog.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"Create Your Own Classroom Edublogs." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"Edublogs – Education Blogs for Teachers, Students and Schools." Edublogs – Education Blogs for Teachers, Students and Schools. Word Press, 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"One Account. All of Google." Blogger. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"PPC." Squarespace. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

Stevens, Elizabeth Years, and Rachel Brown. "Lessons Learned From The Holocaust: Blogging To Teach Critical Multicultural Literacy." Journal Of Research On Technology In Education 44.1 (2011): 31-51. ERIC. Web. 7 Dec. 2014.

"Thoughts." Free Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"Weebly Is the Easiest Way to Create a Website, Store or Blog." Weebly.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

Witte, Shelbie. "That's Online Writing, Not Boring School Writing": Writing With Blogs And The Talkback Project." Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 51.2 (2007): 92-96. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Dec. 2014.

"WordPress.com: Create a Free Website or Blog." WordPress.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.