Lesson PlansUse of Blogs in the Classroom (Julie, Ginny, Jerry, Mike S.)


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What is a blog?

A blog or a weblog is an easily created and updated websites that allow an author publish instantly to the Internet from any internet connection. In the classroom, blogs are interactive tools that allow students and teachers to begin conversations or add to already published material.

To Blog or Not to Blog?

Did you ever wish that you could have students from different classes or different teachers interact about their learning? Use a blog. Have you been looking for a better way to integrate reading and writing into your subject area? Use a blog. Do you like to promote educational uses of technologies to your students? Use a blog.

Blogs have been found to:
  • Promote critical and analytical thinking
  • Allow students opportunities to display their creative and intuitive strengths
  • Increase access and exposure to quality information
  • Blend the benefits of solitary reflection and social interaction

Click here for a brief video description of BLOGS!!!
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Where Can You Create Your Own Blog Site?

www.blogger.com
http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html
www.edublogs.com
http://www.21classes.com/

What can you Blog?

An Introduction to Blogs
Blogging Across the Curriculum
Blogging from the Guidance Office
  1. Blogs for financial aid
  2. Guidance Web sites (Check for ideas you can use in your blog)
  3. Guidance Lesson Plan Ideas (Check for ideas you can use in your blog)
Using A Blog As A Planner

RESOURCES

Richardson, Will (2006). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.