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."