Blogging in Education

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Blogging in Education Presentation

What is Web 2.0?

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Integrating Blogs

Visit the following links for excellent information on integrating blogs in your classroom:

Check out Blog2Learn's Guidelines and Responsibilities for excellent resources about starting a blogging program with your students and establishing guidelines for respectful and productive blogging.


Content Ideas for Blogs

Here is a list of blog integration ideas from Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Will Richardson), pages 40-42
You might like to create a reflective, journal-type blog to . . .
  • reflect on your teaching experiences
  • keep a log of teacher-training experiences
  • write a description of a specific teaching unit
  • describe what worked for you in the classroom or what didn't work
  • provide some teaching tips for other teachers
  • write about something you learned from another teacher
  • explain teaching insights you gain from what happens in your classes
  • share ideas for teaching activities or language games to use in the classroom
  • provide some how-to's on using specific technology in the class, describing how you used this technology in your own class
  • explore important teaching and learning issues
You might start a class blog to . . .
  • post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments, and other pertinent class information
  • post assignments based on literature readings and have students respond on their own blogs, creating a kind of portfolio of their work
  • communicate with parents
  • post prompts for writing
  • provide examples of classwork, vocabulary activities, or grammar games
  • provide online readings for your students to read and react to
  • gather and organize Internet resources for a specific course, providing links to appropriate sites and annotating the links as to what is relevant about them
  • post photos and comment on class activities
  • invite student comments or postings on issues in order to give them a writing voice
  • publish examples of good student writing
  • showcase student art, poetry, and creative stories
  • create a dynamic teaching site, posting not only class-related information, but also activities, discussion topics, links to additional information about topics they are studying in class, and readings to inspire learning
  • create a literature circle (where groups of students read and discuss the same book)
  • create on online book club
  • make use of the commenting feature to have students publish messages on topics being used to develop language skills
  • ask students to create their own individual course blogs, where they can post their own ideas, reactions, and written work
  • post tasks to carry out project-based learning tasks with students
  • build a class newsletter, using student-written articles and photos they take
  • link your class with another class somewhere in the world

You can encourage your students to blog . . .
  • their reactions to thought-provoking questions
  • their reactions to photos and content you post
  • journal entries
  • results of surveys they carry out as part of a class unit
  • their homework
  • their ideas and opinions about topics discussed in class
You can have your students create their own blogs to . . .
  • learn how to blog
  • complete class writing assignments
  • create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing]
  • express their opinions on topics you are studying in class
  • write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest
  • discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them
  • write about class topics, using newly learned vocabulary words and idioms
  • showcase their best writing pieces

You can also ask your class to create a shared blog to . . .
  • complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task
  • showcase products of project-based learning
  • complete a WebQuest

Why Let Students Blog?

How Students See Value in Their Blogging Experience

Guerrilla Season Book Blog - Eric Langhorst

Blog Hosting Services

Search for blogs

RSS Aggregators

Visit the RSS for Educators Workshop Page for more information

Blog Consent Form

Examples of Educational Blogs

Scott McLeod's List of Educational Bloggers that Deserve a Bigger Audience

Resources for those educators wishing to learn more about blogging for themselves and/or their students.

Compiled by JBlack, Jan. 2008

What is Blogging?

1) Blogs in Plain English
2) What exactly is a blog anyway?
3) Back to School with the class of Web 2.0

Blogging Statistics and Research

1) Important Blogging Statistics
2) Pew Internet Blogging Report
3) Pew Internet Teens and Social Media
4) ERIC Research Abstract on Student Blogging
5) Motivation For Writing Through Blogs

Which Hosted Blogging Platform to Use?

Hosted Blogging Platforms are great to begin with – very, very easy to use; reside on a host computer somewhere else. I highly recommend these to start your blogging experience.

1) Edublogs – Free,video tutorials found here
2) Blogger - Free, simple, reliable, written tutorial here
3) - Free
4) Typepad – Monthly Cost

Ratings/Critiques of Blogging Platforms

1) Blogging Options for Educators
2) PCWorld Blogging Platform Ratings
3) Blogging Platform Tips

Educational Rationale for Blogging

1) Rationale for Educational Blogging by Anne Davis
2) Quotes From Blogging Teachers by David Warlick
3) Blogging Vs. Writing by Clarence Fischer
4) Blogs as Conversations by Patrick Higgins
5) Educational Blogging; What, Where, Why and How by Troy Hicks
6) Celebrate Blogging by Steve Hargadon
7) Sample Blogging Assignments -ISTE Aligned by David Warlick
8) Connect the Dots: Students, Blogs, and the Nobel Peace Prize by A. Carvin
9) Blog Rules by David Warlick
10) Educational Blogging by Stephen Downes
11) Talking About Educational Blogging with Wider Audiences by Wesley Fryer
12) Why blog as an administrator? by Scott McLeod
13) Educational Blogging on BBC by Ewan McIntosh
14) How to Get Something Out of Educational Blogs by Dana Huff
15) Classroom Blogging: 2nd Edition by David Warlick
16) TILT Episode 9 - Educational Blogging, Part 2 by Danny Maas
17) Reflections on the Austrailian Blogging Conference and Blogging in Education by Tama Leaver
18) Making Assessment Personally Relevant by Konrad Glogowski
19) It's Not About Web 2.0 - It's About Learning by Jeff Utecht

Student Safety and Responsible Blogging

1) Social Networking and Security for Kids by Cindy Seibel
2) A Proposal for Banning Pencils by Doug Johnson
3) Blogging Rules by Bud Hunt
4) Responsible Blogging by C. Miller
5) Blogger's Contract by David Warlick
6) Discovery Blogging Rules by ?
7) Online Consent Form - Holicong Middle School

Evaluating Blogs – Rubrics

1) Blog Refection Rubric
2) Comprehension and Analysis Blog Rubric
3) Research Blog Rubric

Suggested Blogs - Everything Web 2.0 and Education

2) Long list of teachers-turned-bloggers as a means of professional/personal educational reflection --

Classroom and Student-Created Blogs

*The below list is from

Additionally, a large List of Language Arts Examples can be found at:

Best Blogs 2007

Places to Find Blogs of Personal Interest

Google Blog Search

Blog Add-Ins/Widgets

1) - Creates visitor map to add to your blog
2) - Creates visitor map to add to your blog (similar to above)
3) - Create online comic strips to add to your blog
4) - Create an invisible web tracker that gathers real-time hits and stats.
5) Feedjit - Arrivals and Departures Widget - Creates a log of your traffic telling you where exact web location viewer came from and where they go upon exiting your site.
6) Widgetoko - Website devoted to all things widgety; you name it, they probably have it
7) - More online visitor counters and maps
8) Widgetbox - Every widget under the sun for your blog
9) Tag Cloud for Blogger - Generates a tag cloud of most used terms in posts
10) Widget Gallery of Wigipedia - More widgety things for your blog
11) Dashboard widgets - Lots of widgets, but site is a little strange -- sometimes you must choose a category and then scroll way down to see available widgets
12) - slick, professional video-like slideshows to embed in blog posts (not a true widget - more of an embeddable component for your blog)
13) - Powerful online slideshow creator that is high customizable for blog posts (not a true widget - more of an embeddable component for your blog)
14) - Creates podcasts using your cell phone; can embed resulting podcast into your blog (not a true widget - more of an embeddable component for your blog)
15) - Creates online presentations using voice/text in a collaborative fashion (teachers get a free account!) You embed these in your blogging posts (not a true widget - more of an embeddable component for your blog)

Promoting Your Blog