Resources for blogging in the classroom:


What is a blog?

Summary of a CMap: (excellent blog posting with map image) from Writing for Myself, Writing to Teach
"How are composition and blogging pratices connected? The CMap is informed by my pilot study conducted in spring 2006, recent articles on blogging, and seminal readings in composition."

Why should I blog with my class?

Why Weblogs from Will Richardson

Weblogs in the Classroom: Extensive resource from Department of Education in Western Australia
"Weblogs provide a communication space that teachers can utilise with students whenever there is a curriculum need to develop writing, share ideas and reflect on work being undertaken in the classroom. The development of blogging software, which doesn't require a knowledge of html and is simple to use, has seen a massive increase in the number of people who write for their own enjoyment and can experience the Web as a place for them to communicate rather than simply read. From an education perspective the availability and ease of use of blogging software makes creating Weblogs a viable classroom activity and a means for teachers to communicate with other teachers."

Support Blogging in Education Wiki:
"SupportBlogging! has been set up to provide an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, parents, and others to help promote an understanding of the benefits of educational blogging. "Educational Blogging" is a very positive, transformational technology that is often confused with the use of "Social Networking" sites like MySpace.com. While there are similarities in the web technologies used for blogging and social networking, they serve different purposes. The current backlash against social networking sites has the potential to overshadow the benefits of educational blogging. Hopefully, this site will provide materials for decision-makers as they determine policies for their schools and districts that would impact the use of educational blogging or might potentially restrict access to sites that provide blogging services."

Blogs for Learning
"Blogs for Learning is an online resource designed for students and instructors who are interested in instructional blogging. The goal of the site is to provide information and resources surrounding the technical, legal, and pedagogical aspects of blogging in the classroom. It was created with support from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University."

Classroom Blogging from Tom Barrett in the UK
"I would like to collate suggestions, ideas, successes and thoughts regarding the varied uses and ways a weblog can enhance teaching and learning in a classroom. I would hope that this would become a useful list for other teachers about to develop a blog with their own class and something that they can begin with and develop from, in turn submitting their own ideas. This is not meant to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list - but somewhere that both the uninitiated and expert blogging teacher can see good ideas and develop them. Perhaps together we will stumble upon some great ideas..."

May The Tech Be With You
A blog is a weblog that allows anyone to create and regularly update information, links, pictures, and comments directly in any Internet browser from any computer with an internet connection from anywhere in the world. Think of it as a virtual bulletin board where you share your thoughts, ideas, information, etc. with anyone in the world and they can instantly respond back. There are many ways that blogs are being used - not only between teachers and students, but with classrooms across the world and for professional development.

"Teachers are reaching out to students with a new class of blogs" Article from the Seattle Times:
"Never in 25 years of teaching have I seen a more powerful motivator for writing than blogs," Ahlness said. "And that's because of the audience. Writing is not just taped on the refrigerator and then put in the recycle bin. It's out there for the world to see. Kids realize other people are reading what they write."

Top 10 Reasons to Blog, Top 10 Reasons Not to Blog from Tony Karrer

You might also want to read:

Year-long research project that involves blogging conducted by Anne Davis of Edublog Insights:
Detailed description of the project
Class blog - the actual project (excellent descriptions of how to introduce blogging to students along with links to the student and teacher blogs that are part of the research) If you visit this page and comment, be sure to keep the privacy requirements in mind as described in Anne's post.

Who else is blogging?
Here at school:
Around the world:

Sample School Blogs:
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How do I start blogging with my class?

Blog software:

NECC Presentations on Blogging: