Using BLOGS in the classroom… some ideas

I am teaching Part II of a Blog training today and thought I would brainstorm some effective ways to utilize blogs in the classroom. This is what I have come up with so far:

  • To model examples and teach “voice” in writing
  • To teach editorial writing
  • For journaling on daily topics (current events, prompts, etc.)
  • To teach reflective writing
  • To keep a learning log and foster metacognition
  • To take on another’s voice (historical figure, literary figure, etc.)
  • Incremental publishing (chapter a day, collection of poetry)
  • Vocabulary blog (with links to illustrations of words)
  • Display student artwork for “global” comments
  • Display writing for “global” comments
  • To foster collaboration and discussion
  • Expand student access to relevant materials by incorporating links to other sources
  • Facilitate idea sharing with “experts” and/or guests from outside the classroom
  • Model and foster knowledge as a social process

Other ideas? Anyone?

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4 Comments on “Using BLOGS in the classroom… some ideas”

  1. LeftLaneEnds Says:

    Most of your thoughts are focused around the students posting on a personal or classroom blog. I would really like to see lessons that incorporate what is already out there to tie curriculum into the lives of students. In other words, I think it is just as important, if not more important, to explore other blogs/resources to see how those people can become a part of your classroom.

    Let’s say you are teaching WW II, and you want to tie the current situation in Iraq into your lessons. Instead of scheduling people to come in and speak, students can interact with others electronically, and the contacts are only a search away on technorati. While this would take time to find someone who is willing to be involved, screen who would be appropriate, etc – the possibilities are endless when it comes to establishing personal connections to current issues that are tied to curriculum…

    Just my 2¢…

  2. astephens Says:

    I am in total agreement with your comment. I to believe that there are tons of useful blogs that can be incorporated within the curriculum and the interaction with the blog’s authors takes the students’ learning out of the classroom. I also think that using other people’s blogs is a great time/way to teach students to think about who the source of the information is, so they can investigate and validate the information instead of simply believing “everything they read.”

  3. Sandra Says:

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  4. Very amazing site! I wish I could do something as nice as you did…mary


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