Blogs and Blogging:
A Home Run for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Blogs are the hottest new way to promote reading, writing, and thinking in all content areas and grade levels. Through this project, you’ll learn to create and integrate these “web logs” into your classroom.
Using free, simple, online tools, you and your students can add digital photos, web links, and multimedia elements to bring writing alive! If you want an easy way to promote thinking, address standards, promote information fluency, and promote collaboration, let’s blog!
Before we jump into blogging, let's explore the possibilities. Compare the contents and approaches of these blogs and podcast.
- Author Visit at Elementary - author/classroom interaction (Lower Elementary)
- A Different Place - writing, reading, reflecting, creating (Upper Elementary) (Also check her professional blog and primary sources blog)
- Radio WillowWeb - podcasts (Upper Elementary)
- Mr. Kuropatwa's Classes (Applied Math 40S - W07 , PreCalc 20S - F06, PreCalc 30S - F06, PreCal 40S - F06, W06, W07, APCalc AB - W07, Calc 45S - S06)
- The Reading Room - School Library
- SLMS Bridging Theory and Practice
Whether you want to make a basic blog or podcasts, vodcasts, or scrapblogs, this is the place to get started.
Explore the possibilities. Compare the contents of at least five different blogs.
Students and Teachers
Molecules in Motion (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Bradley's Class (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Atwood's First Grade Blog
Author Visit at Elementary (Grade 1)
Mrs. Corron's First Grade
Awesome Readers and Writers (Grade 2)
The Write Weblog
The Dream Factory Student Work
Indiana Mysteries (K-6)
Lewis Elementary School (K-5)
Sandaig Primary Schools
Conners Emerson School
Room 208 - video and audio
Grand View Library Blog
A Really Different Place
5th Grade Writing
A Great Day's Blogging 5LH
In My Opinion... (5)
Mrs. Polak's 4/6 ILA Class - book reviews
Mrs. W (5)
Mrs. Watt's Fourth Grade (4)
Ms. Kreul's Class Blog (4)
Room 132 Sixth Grade
Room 208 and Room 209 Student Poetry
Room 507 All Stars (5)
Super Students' Blog (5)
Tell the Raven (4)
Mabry Middle School, (blogs)
Excellence and Imagination - social studies
Mabry Library Media Center
The Library - Washington Middle School
Pacific MS Library BookBlog
High School Pre-Cal (Pre-Cal 20S, PreCal 30S, Applied Math 40S, Calculus 45S, Pre-Cal 40S)
The Secret Life of Bees
Uniform Discussion - student blog
News from Croatan High School - questions of the day
Mrs. C's Senior English Blogs
The Reading Room at NMH Library
SLMS Bridging Theory and Practice
By Young People - Mexico and Me 3
Educator - Bernie Dodge's One-Trick CyberPony, CafeTeach
General - Wired Blogs, Instapundit, 50 Popular Science Blogs
Collaborative - Daffodil Delight, Digging into Michigan's Past
Personal - Personal Inquiry Blog, Matrix Maker Personal Inquiry, Sleep Inquiry, Blogging About Palms
Single Event - Technology Blackout Day, Young Hoosier Book Award
Bobby Bucket Show! Bucket of Books
Mr. Gates's 2nd Grade Class Podcasts
First Grade Huckleberry Room (1) - audiobook
First Grade Banyan Room (1) - audiobook
First Grade Maple Room (1) - audiobook
Teen Podcasters Network
Alice in InfoLand
Gargoyles Loose in the Library
Blogging Libraries Wiki
Blogs Without a Library
50 Popular Science Blogs
Let's comment on a blog!
Go to Ecollaborate. This blog was created in Blogspot. Comment on one of the postings.
Brainstorm ways of engaging learners in blogs.
Brainstorm guidelines for student activties.
Compare the blog spot blog with one created with edublogs at Eduscapes Edublog.
Guidelines for Student Bloggers
- A Comment on Comments from Gold Team Class Blog
- Important Rules About Blogging from Grandview Library
- Comment Rubric and Posting Rubric from Mr. Kraut
- Class Blog Expectations by Mrs. Wood
- Putting Pictures in Posts from Pacific MS Library BookBlog
- Rules for Posting and Commenting from Room 613
Let's create a blog.
Go to Blogger. If you already have a gmail account, you can use this. If not, it will create a Google account for you automatically. Follow the directions to create a blog.
Or, go to Edublogs. Choose Teacher. Follow the directions to create a blog. You will receive a password through email so you can get back in later. When you come in later, enter your password at the top of the screen. It will also create a wikispaces wiki for you.
Or, create a Scrapblog. This is a more visual blog tool. Check out Lamb's Scrapblog and Escrapbooking Ideas and NCCE.
Or, check out the HyperComics Blog for creating online comics or Splashblog for Treo (example)
Educational Blog Services
Other blog services and options to consider:
If you want to try creating a podcast. Use Audacity and Slapcast. With Slapcast you can create 3 free podcast recordings or upload three recordings. See a sample at Slapcast Eduscapes.
The Workshop Resources
Use the following pages at this website to learn more:
- Blog Basics
- Blog Characteristics, Blog Popularity, Pros and Cons of Blogs in Teaching and Learning, Evidence of Blog Effectiveness
- Blog Lingo
- Blog Missions
- Bloggers As...
- Diarists; Enthusiasts; Institutional Outreach; Journalists and News Reporters; News Pundits, Advocates, and Columnists; Stars; Promoters; Specialists
- Blog Organization
- Blogs in Teaching and Learning
- Blog Posting Starters
- Learning Blogs - The Blogger, Audience, Purpose, and Learning Outcomes
- Learning Blogs - The Activities
- Learning Blogs - The Approach
- Learning Blogs - The Guidance
- Learning Blogs - The Assessment
- Teaching Blogs
- Class, Teacher, and Student Blogs
- Educational Blogging Sites
- Blog Directories
- Blog Features and Services
- Learn More
Special Note: Blogging is part of the "real world." As such, there's a chance you might find a link on this page offensive. This site is intended to provide insights for teachers and librarians into the world of blogging. It's not intended for young children.