What to do with a Blog

July 25, 2008

Blogs have great potential as tools in the educational process.

A blog is an easy to edit web pages that contain personal commentaries on issues or subjects the author chooses. Readers can post replies to the author’s original comment. Blogs started when early web surfers would keep a web log of interesting sites and is evolving into a new genre.

What to do with a Blog

Arranged by who post the blog entry and who is allowed to comment.

Teacher post, no comments

  • Electronic newsletter
  • List assignments
  • Keep a journal of your professional learning
  • Share teaching ideas
  • Communicate with parents

Teacher post, student comments **probably the easiest way to get students blogging**

  • Post writing prompts for students to respond to
  • Have students read an article or view content and then react in writing
  • Have students express opinions and provide evidence
  • Students comment on class activities and what they learned from them
  • Point of view – teacher posts scenario or situation and then students comment based on predetermined point of view (historical figures, cultural group or literature characters)

Students post, teacher comments

  • Students keep a journal of their learning
  • Showcase exemplary work
  • Become and expert and show growth in content knowledge

Students post, student or public comments

  • Create a literature circle where students take turns posting and commenting
  • Students publish persuasive writing and invite feedback
  • Students engage in conversation around a topic, comments provide feedback and resources that help the readers and authors better understand the topic.
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