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Blogging: Learning Blogs - The Activities

Rather than viewing the blog as a series of content-area writing activities, consider the specific critical and creative thinking that will occur in this learning environment. Also consider the role of the student in making posting and comments. What are the expectations and how do these reflect the learning goal? What assignments will be made within the blog? Will the teacher or students make the initial postings?

Analyze. Ask students to analyze a book, article, or other posting.

Brainstorm. Pose problems and create a collection of ideas.

Collaborate. Work collaboratively with another class in the same school or another school.

Communicate. Interact with an expert or conduct an interview.

Compare. Make a comparison.

Discuss. Examine a problem, question, drawing, photograph, or diagram. Then, write captions, analyze elements, speculate, or create.

Explain. Ask students to learn and demonstrate their understanding.

Imagine. Ask student to imagine a situation or scenario.

Observe and Log. Observe human interactions, scientific experiments, or other activities and post a record (i.e., kindness journal, plant growth, survey results).

Persuade. Ask students to make a persuasive argument.

Predict. Read or watch then predict what will happen next.

Problem Solve. Pose a problem and discuss solutions.

Question. Get students involved with asking questions.

React, Think, Act. Connect in-class learning to blog entries. Transfer learning to new situations.

Read and Jigsaw. Read or use online resources and discuss (i.e., quote, website, poem, historical document, problem, literature circles). Then, analyze, evaluate, and create. Add a comment.

Remember and Reflect. Think about an activity and reflect on it.

Share Teacher and Student Work. Share materials in a digital format including documents, PDF files, photographs, charts, graphics, written work, audio, video, and presentations.


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