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What it is a Blog?
Watch a short
Common Craft video
(also downloaded to wanserver08/curriculum&instruction in the Web 2 Training
Edublogs.org is a site specifically for teachers, students, librarians, etc.
Pedogogy of Blogging
A blog is a Web site that functions as a journal, or a diary, or a place to post your thoughts and opinions pertaining to a particular subject matter. In addition to text entries, a blog may contain pictures, video, and/or audio clips. (it's generally personal opinion or perspectives on a certain topic...displayed in reverse chronological order; they more frequently have just one author; pages generally remain the same unless a new entry is added).
The best use of a blog is for an individual seeking feedback, whether an individual student or an individual teacher. Blogs promote interaction between author and reader and it is the author that determines the content focus not the reader. Blogs work well when an individual or a group of individuals posting to the same blog are seeking feedback or comments on their ideas and thoughts.
Features of a blog:
• entries posted in consecutive order, newest on top
• comments from readers extend classroom learning
• personal learning journal
Atomic Learning offers a Tech Integration project which uses a online blogging application. It is called "Blog Revolution" - a project in which students take on a historical persona they are learning about.
Differences between Blogs and Wikis
focused on process
administered by one individual
edited by creator
focused on content
administered by a number of people
edited by anyone
organized in innumerable ways
How to set-up a Blog
Preparing Students for Blogging
– please collaborate with your Instructional Technology Specialist and/or Library Teacher and together:
Acceptable Use Agreement
that they have all signed with students and make the connect that this agreement applies to the blogging that the will be doing in their project.
From that AUA, review Acceptable Use, Privileges and Network Etiquette.
Teach students safe, acceptable, and sensible behavior as online authors and readers.
Teach students the importance of writing, spell checking and revising their posts prior to actually posting live to the blog.
Set clear expectations regarding tone of their posts, respect for others and be clear about consequences.
Establish any rules or guidelines pertaining to student access and posting.
Teach the rule of no complete names or e-mail addresses to be posted to a blog.
Teach the rule that usernames and passwords are private and not to be shared with friends.
EdTech Innovators Tutorials
Rubrics for Blogging
Edutopia - Creating a Blog for Your Classroom
Class blogs – management, moderation and protection
Sample blogging policy
(links from EduBlogs)
2KM @ Leopold Primary School!
Our Blog Guidelines
General blogging information
Class Blogging Guidelines
Class Blog Guidelines
Mr Mundorf’s Class
(Grade 6-8 )
Mr. Pfluger’s Discussion Corner
Student blogging Guidelines
Mr. M’s History Blog
(Grade 8 )
(Grade 8 )
Mr B’s Box
Parent Information about our blogs
How To Post and Comment
(12-15 year olds)
Biology in Action
(High School and College)
Two Page Blog Guide For Parents
is an excellent idea for a parent resource.
If you want to include Online Safety
Examples of using blogs
Elementary Art Show
Sarah Plain and Tall Book Blog
Students and teacher share thoughts and identify elements of the book.
Mrs. Young's Summer Book Club
A classroom blog set up to visit about summer reading materials.
Figure Speaks Mathematics
Educational Blog Examples
Suggestions for Teachers
50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers
Cofino, Kim. "Student Blogging Guidelines." Always Learning Blog Post, September 6, 2009
"Blogger's FAQ: Student Blogging."
Electronic Frontier Foundation.
accessed Nov 9, 2007.
Legal and ethical guide, FAQ style.
Harris, Christopher. "Digital Reshift: Critical Clicks: Blogging."
School Library Journal
. 53.3 (2007).
Very brief intro to blogging.
The Power of Blogging
Olwell, Russell. (2008).
Taking History Personally: Connecting Students Outside the Classroom, Perspectives
Utecht, Jeff. "Teacher 2.0: The Evidence."
, May 24, 2007.
Accessed Nov 9, 2007.
Includes Blogging Rubrics for use with students, and a discussion of assignment outputs in Web 2.0 format
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"