What is a blog?

Wikipedia defines a blog as, "A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order."
In a nutshell, , blogs are about communicating. You have an experience, reflect on it, and then write about it. Other people read your reflections and respond either by commenting or writing their own blog article. You read different perspectives and sometimes learn through another lens, then often write some more.

Why blog?

From Steve Hargadon's Support Blogging Site
For educational purposes blogs can be used for:
  1. Blogging is about reading and writing.
  2. eLiteracy is about reading and writing.
  3. Blogging is about literacy.
  • writing - aspect
  • character development
  • journaling
  • creative writing
  • current / daily events
  • class updates/newsletter

How?

Visit the following links for excellent information on integrating blogs in your classroom:

Links & Examples?

Suggested blog hosts:
  • 21classes.comhttp://21classes.com Good starter community but students are limited to 1 mb per account, and the whole site is limited to 20 mb with a 20 student limit
    • SAMPLE 21Classes Project: Christie Neeld, Upper Merion Area School District Entrepreneurship site.
  • Edublogs - http://edublogs.org/ Nice for teacher / student published blogs because different author privileges will be set.
    • SAMPLE EDUBLOG BLOG PROJECT: Ken Rodoff, Springfield School District Hamlet Blog Project Visit this wikipage to see the blogs his students kept in the voice of the characters from Hamlet.
  • Posterous
  • Wordpress

Best Practices

Click HERE for a list of Educational Bloggers: Included Edubloggers, Teachers who blog with students, Classes, etc...

Video Explanation




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