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We started a blog initiative in my school district three years ago and have seen tremendous growth in our students writing, connectedness and overall effort as they began to realize that their work is being published to the web. This presentation will address how students can benefit from blogging. Photography: With the exception of those cited, all photos are courtesy of presentation author.
Here are five reasons to consider student blogging .
Photo Sources: Trash can - http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3952611397/ People using computers- http://www.flickr.com/photos/tucamon/5619011740/
Life skills: online news and resources, online courses, future professional learning networks Students need a place to make mistakes and navigate online distractions in a supervised environment. (Students are using collaborative tech for mostly non-academic purposes, thus creating many bad habits and interactions online.)
Blogs provide a jumping off point for discussions on internet safety. Students learn that the things they put on the internet are permanent. Students learn that blogs are similar to an online community and that we need to treat others like we would want to be treated.
They will think critically about their writing and other students' writing. They will learn how to reflect & respond appropriately. They will share projects they have made as they finish them. They will collaborate with each other and teachers as well as collaboration with the world outside of our four walls. People will actually read their work!
A blog is an effective way to show a student's learning achievement over time. Students will create a positive digital footprint on the web.
Here are some student blogging options to consider.
Blog Wild! By: Kim Zimmer Technology Facilitator - Avoca School District 37 Twitter: @MacTeacher http://avoca37.org/zimmerk
Why Student Blogging? <ul><ul><li>Consumable > Accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21st Century Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long Term Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Standards </li></ul></ul>
Consumable vs. Accessible Stude nt work that is burned to a A CD-ROM or compiled as a paper portfolio reaches home and eventually winds up here: A student blog is accessible to anyone with Internet access and winds up here: Photo Credit Photo Credit
Blogging equips students to safely and effectively use 21st century techniques for real-world applications 21st Century Skills
<ul><ul><li>Students learn the importance of protecting their personal information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students learn how to make positive digital footprints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students learn to comment with care. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students naturally become more connected across their grade level, schools, country and globe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Gives students a moderated place to make mistakes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
Authentic audience Blogging gives students an authentic audience. Check out our comments from authors!
Student Growth Blogging gives students new opportunities for visible long-range academic and personal growth.
Lorin Anderson, updated the taxonomy in 2001, adding more relevance for 21st century students and teachers. Source Students write a blog post about the project to accompany their work and ask for comments. Students have an accessible digital portfolio of their work for review, they cite sources, and network with their peers using comments. Students log in, manage their blogs appearance, upload/share projects and materials How does blogging relate to Bloom's Digital Taxonomy? Students use tags and use hyperlinked words to draw traffic to their blogs and provide additional information to readers. Students evaluate and reflect on their work by reading comments and evaluate others by providing feedback. Students are motivated to create because they have an outlet to share and publish projects including podcasts, movies, music, animation and artwork. Source
<ul><li>ISTE National Education Technology Standards (NETS) Associated with Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Operations and Concepts </li></ul></ul>http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007.aspx
BLOG RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS <ul><li>Blog Options - This blog post explores many different sites for getting your classroom or district blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>Other Classroom Blog Examples - List of blog examples from classrooms around the globe </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Blogging - Classroom teacher explains how to start blogging with your classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Cybrary Man's - List of Educational Blogs for teachers </li></ul>