What is Educational Blogging and why do it?

Wikipedia defines a blog as, "A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order."
In a nutshell, , blogs are about communicating. You have an experience, reflect on it, and then write about it. Other people read your reflections and respond either by commenting or writing their own blog article. You read different perspectives and sometimes learn through another lens, then often write some more.
From Steve Hargadon's Support Blogging Site
  1. Blogging is about reading and writing.
  2. eLiteracy is about reading and writing.
  3. Blogging is about literacy.

What is a blog?

A blog is a website, maintained by one or several people, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. 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.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. (Wikipedia) Many blogs include a variety of embedded widgets (little program applications) in their blogs including interactive maps, calendars, videos, slides shows, etc.

Click HERE for a list of Educational Bloggers: Included Edubloggers, Teachers who blog with students, Classes, etc...



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

Examples Here are some great examples of students blogging:

  1. roomtwelve.com - Mark Ahlness' class of third graders at *classblogmeister
    1. Instructions on getting started on classblogmeister
    2. *This video (right) does a great job in showing you how to set up a class blog at Classblogmeister
  2. Ms Anne Smith's 9th grade class - another class blog. Ninth graders. VERY good!
    1. another 9th grade class
    2. Check out these comments from the students
    3. And how about THIS blog post from a 9th grade student?
  3. Student 2.0 blog - a team of students bloggers. Check it out!!!
  4. Mr Power's Class bloggers
  5. Learning and Laptops - Anne Smith's Blog.
  6. GoAPES - The AP Environmental Science blog (Teacher posts, students comment)
  7. Mabry Online - the entire school blogs !
  8. Lewis Elementary>
  9. Here's a lits of 100 Education Blogs - I guess mine would have been the 101th entry :-)
  10. A wonderful list of classroom blogs - scroll down a bit to see the list
  11. The motherlode of blogs list- if you can't find one here then ... well... you'll NEVER find one
  12. Web 2.0 Guru - Educational Technology Tools and integration ideas.

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