Blogging and Learning

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Ever thought about blogging with your students, but you have no idea what to do or what you should even blog about? So often we ask our students to write on paper about a topic which does not interest them. Granted many of these topics are standards-related and there is no way to avoid them, but I think a blog can provide an opportunity for students to write about topics which might actually interest them. This is especially true in the Language Arts or self-contained classroom.

A few months ago I wanted to start a blog, but I had no idea what to write about. I started my first blog, Mr. Wood’s Science Blog, which is a content-related blog. I create original posts and my students make comments. I find that commenting on blogs is an easy way to introduce students to the world of blogging. Many of them are already “bloggers” through their MySpace profiles, but they have never thought about using something similar for school.
Two weeks ago I stumbled upon another easy use of blogging with my students. This idea has nothing to do with standards, but I think it will be a great way to engage my kids. As I shared with my classes the plans I had for an upcoming trip to London over spring break, many of my students started asking if I would be posting pictures. “Hmm…what about if I blog during my trip. Would you read it?” Nearly everyone replied, “Yes.” So, while on my trip this week I am going to be posting pictures and stories of what I am seeing. With an offer of a few extra credit points my students will hopefully be posting comments. Take a look and watch my experiment unfold (Mr. Wood in London). It could be awesome or it could be a train wreck, but I will never know unless I try.

Joe

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