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Blogging in Middle School Classrooms<br />Sarah L. Allred<br />Project 1 EDTC 5010<br />ECU<br />Summer 2010<br />Mrs. Fine<br />
What is Blogging?<br />Blogging is the action of writing a blog (short for web log).<br />A blog is a web site which is much like an online journal. A blog author regularly writes articles about a topic of their choosing.<br />A blog is typically organized in chronological order, and may be written by a professional or amateur writer.<br />(Introduction to Blogging, 2010)<br />
Why Blog?<br />Straight from the mouths of students . .<br />Top 10 Reason's to Use a Blog in the Classroom<br />Click the title above to view video on Youtube.<br />(supershona, 2008)<br />
Where to Create a Blog<br />There are a multitude of web sites where a free or low cost blog can be created. These are just a few:<br />http://www.wordpress.com<br />http://www.blogger.com<br />http://blog.com<br />http://myeweb.org<br />http://edublogs.org/<br />http://www.21classes.com/<br />
Blogging in Any Subject Area<br />Use the blog to keep a journal of learning over the course of a class, or as a work portfolio.<br />Blog daily class activities to keep parents and absent students informed.<br />Have students blog to summarize and review learning, or to assess learning.<br />
Why Blogging in Education<br />Integrating blogging into any topic of study can be a great motivator to get students to read and write.<br />Blogs can help students begin to collaborate as learners, and monitor and record their own learning.<br />A blog can serve as a learning portfolio.<br />Blogging makes writing in the classroom more authentic since it is quickly published to a real audience.<br />(Crie, 2006)<br />
Blogging in Language Arts<br />Language Arts class is one of the most obvious places to use blogging. Some ways you might do this:<br />Have students blog responses to or reflections about a text, thus creating an online discussion about what they read.<br />Have students blog drafts of written work, and then have classmates comment, and suggest revisions before creating a final draft.<br />
Blogging in Math<br />Blogging can be quite useful in math class as well.<br />Post a problem solving activity, and have students respond on the blog with how they would solve the problem.<br />Create a blog for students to record real world applications for math concepts being taught in class.<br />After learning a mathematical process have students blog explaining the process in their own words.<br />
Blogging in Science<br />Post a problem solving activity, and have students respond on the blog with how they would solve the problem using scientific inquiry.<br />Create a blog for students to record real world applications for science concepts being taught in class.<br />Allow students to blog about current events related to science topics and share their personal view of them.<br />
Blogging in Social Studies<br />Allow students to blog about current events related to social studies/history topics and share their personal view of them.<br />After studying a particular historical event have students blog about their reactions to what happened and how they may have responded differently.<br />
Want More Information?<br />These are some great sites which may be helpful as you integrate blogging into your classroom:<br />http://my-ecoach.com/online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=4992<br />http://www2.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogbasics.cfm<br />
Sources<br />Crie, M. (2006, October). Teaching Today. Retrieved June 7, 2010, from : http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/educationupclose.phtml/47<br />"Introduction to Blogging." WordPress. n.d. Web. 8 June 2010. <http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging>.<br />Supershona, (2008, January 31). Top 10 Reason's to Use a Blog in the Classroom. Retrieved June 4, 2010, from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfJETK3am1M<br />