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Blogs to Support Student Achievement

Page history last edited by Jeremy Brown 12 years, 3 months ago

BLOG

 

What is a Blog?

 

 

 

As defined by Wikipedia, "A blog (a  portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog." ( Wikipedia) Essentially, a blog is an online journal that allows readers of the journal to offer comments and feedback.

 

Blogging allows you to easily create a simple webpage that generally is a place to post your unique ideas and information that you think is of value to others. Other characteristics of weblogs include archives, a unique URL for each post (called a permalink), an RSS feed to syndicate the blog’s content, dated and time-stamped entries, the capability of the software to allow readers’ comments, and use of templates to assist in page design and layout. (See Parts of a Blog.)

 

Blogs have become very  popular because they can be used in so many ways, from personal diaries to online portfolios to announcements to commentaries on politics and world events. They can be written, edited, and updated from any computer with Internet access at any time of the day or night. Through the ability to comment, readers of blogs can interact with the author, and with hot links, they can point to related sites and ideas.  Blogs have become an accepted form of communication and a way to express and explore ideas. They give writers a public voice.  In education, blogs have become a forum to encourage students to write and express their ideas while receiving feedback from teachers, their peers, and even the larger world, when a blog is made public. One who blogs is a "blogger."

 

 

Bloging allows:

  • student's to writing for a wider audience
  • opportunities for digital text for reading and writing
  • student's to explore writing for a purpose (to persuade, to start a dialogue, to explain a process, etc)
  • student's to read varied opinions and see different viewpoints

  

 

Blogs to check out:

 

  

 

Students Blogging

http://students2oh.org/

http://web.mac.com/g4husky/Husky_Howler_Network/Howler_Blog/Howler_Blog.html

http://vcs.21classes.com/

http://fhsblogs.21classes.com/

 

 

Teachers/Educators Blogging

http://www.teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com/

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/

http://perkone.edublogs.org/

http://snobles.blogspot.com/

 

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