“How can Blogs be used in education?”
- Class Website: You can place your lessons, assignments, and announcements online; communicate with absent students; include website links and upload worksheets; Parents can submit comments in response to a request for volunteers or supplies to be donated
- Class Newsletter: Unlike an e-mail newsletter or a print newsletter, a blog entry is in no danger of not getting to its intended audience because it got caught in a spam filter or discarded on the walk home from school. Plus, if you include an RSS link parents can subscribe to your newsletter.
- Class Blog: instruction tool with students contributing to the blog such as a current events discussion, or a book study, creative writing
- Department/Grade Level Blog: teachers can collaborate and share ideas, have virtual meetings, plan parent/teacher conferences
- Cadre/Committee Blog: members can have virtual meetings, sharing ideas while viewing others’ ideas, collaborate on a group project, etc.
- Professional Development Book Study: members can have virtual meetings sharing reflections and applications of a book study.
- Mentors/Protégée: New teachers can use blogs to reflect on their experiences and their mentors can comment.
- Student Team Blogs: students collaborate on a project; Students who are not in the same science class physically, but are in one of Mrs. Rummel’s 8th grade science classes, collaborates with other 8th grade science students assigned to study Jupiter. Or, student in another District, State, or Country collaborate on a project using a blog.
- Blogging Buddies: like pen pals, but better
- Writing Club: students post their work to a blog, fellow members comment on work
- Student Journals: Students can blog their reflections and the teacher can conveniently leave comments without collecting 25 spiral notebooks.
- Student E-portfolios: Students can publish their work on-line, or use it as a digital filing cabinet for their work. Comments can be posted by parents, aunts, grandparents, etc.
- Activity Updates: Clubs and activities, sports teams, and parent groups use Weblogs to post scores, meeting minutes, and links to relevant issues and topics.
- Building Announcements/Principal Memos: These bulletins would then be archived for later reference; teachers could subscribe to the bulletins and automatically receive notification of new postings. Staff members could comment on posts.
- Registration Blog: Workshop registration process could be completed using a blog. The facilitator posts an invitation, all those interested respond with a comment.
- Companies serving the education community are using blogs to provide educators with information that supports teaching and learning.
- Professional organizations and associations are also using blogs to reach out to their members and the greater community.
from Edublogs by Janetta Garton (Willard R-2 School District)
Examples of Student Blogging
Blogs are a wonderful vehicle for students to use to publish to a worldwide audience, and receive feedback. Some examples of student blogging include:
- Scribe for the day: student post notes about that day’s class, or even demonstrate skills learned
- Work samples: student published documents or creative writing; photos of projects or artwork; embed videos, slideshows, podcasts, etc.
- Reflections: students reflect on their learning
- Book Reviews: students post book reviews
- Building News: students publish class announcements, reminders, report on activities and events, post polls and surveys, post school photos
- Teacher question posts: the teacher posts a question and the students all respond with a comment.
- Collaborative projects: using a blog to communicate and collaborate when working with another class on a project
- Historical fiction: students write blog posts from the view-point of a historical figure or during a time in history.
- Audio posts: Students recordings/podcasts can be posted on the blog (read creative writing, their own poetry).
- Scientists: Student post data, photos, or videos during a science activity.
Even more ideas!
There are two primary ways to use blogs in your school library media center: you (and your students and teachers) can read them or you (and your students and teachers) can write them. Here are a few ways library media specialists are using blogs:
- Personal and professional reflections and opinions
- News and announcements for the school community
- Homepage for the school library media program
- Collections of links for specific topics, assignments or teachers
- Book reviews
- Book club news
- Photographic essays and/or collections
- Access to podcasts
- Disseminating slideshows and videos
- Assignments (students can use comments to post their work)
- Trivia questions (where students can answer or register their guesses through comments)
- New title listings
- Documenting a remodeling or construction project’s progress
- Organizing information literacy tools
- Information specifically for students
- Information specifically for teachers
- Information about the library media program specifically for parents
- Information for the library media staff and volunteers
- Highlighting a particular section of the collection
- Announcing and documenting special events
- Encouraging collaboration and cooperation
- Publishing links, directions, resources and follow-up for workshops
- Providing reading practice
- Tying library media center resources to school and local events
- Teach about blogs, web publishing, netiquette, webpage design