One of the best ways of understanding blogging is to review some examples of blogs in action…
Hopefully, you have the chance to read the article ‘Uses of Blogs’ (found in Staff Public / 15 Things ) which provides examples suggested in Will Richardson’s book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other powerful Web tools for classrooms. Some of these activities are reflected in the Wordle image above. Another option is to look at several examples listed below.
(Copies of the book also available in the Senior School Library)
A. Professional learning/sharing blogs
Always Learning, http://mscofino.edublogs.org/ Professional learning blog of Kim Cofino, a literacy specialist in an international school in Thailand
The Thinking Stick, http://www.thethinkingstick.com/ Jeff Utetch, Elementary Technology & Learning Coordinator, International School of Bangkok, 2008 – Present.
My Other Blog, http://johnp.wordpress.com/ Blog of a Victorian educational consultant, previously a primary school teacher. Includes lots of up-to-date information and useful tutorials
B. Teachers’ reflective blogs
Brave New World, http://tsheko.wordpress.com/ This blog was originally created to record my progress in a Web 2.0 program run by the School Library of Victoria in 2008. It soon took on a life of its own, allowing reflection, sharing of ideas and information, and social networking.
iThought, http://gwegner.edublogs.org/ An Aussie primary school educator involved in technology leadership at his school, always looking to learn and discuss breaking issues.
C. Class activity blogs
Senior K’s Goss Sessions 2008, http://seniorkgoss08.globalstudent.org.au/ This is the place to find all types of information about people, animals, events, places, weird ideas…anything that may spring to mind.
Wormbins, http://wormbins.edublogs.org/ Blog detailing classroom activities, including student work.
D. Discussion of reading/classwork
Grandslam, http://grandslam.edublogs.org/ Site for discussion of class SET book, students reflecting on what they have read and supposed before they began.
storylines, http://storylines.edublogs.org/ Blog discussing current literature and related activities in the school library
A recent blog I have been watching is one which involves an international blogging competition – contributors are from across the globe and they are all students! Teachers are welcome to comment, and to encourage the blogging process, but most of the online content is from students – sharing across the globe. Have a look at:
Technology in Our Classroom, http://wyatt67.edublogs.org/ where Sue Wyatt challenges students internationally to take on the world of blogging.
Comment on which type of blog you would like to set up and what its main focus could be.