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Don't get 'blogged' down!

PLC Presention - Implementation and Use of Elementary School Blogs

Rebekah Ralph

on 25 June 2013

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Don't get 'blogged' down!
How to Establish and Use a
Kid-friendly Blog in an Elementary Classroom

What is a blog?
It's your turn!

Set up a class blog
Explore the features
Add students
Benefits of
using a blog
Established a blog
Set up a class
Begin deciding how you
might use this blog
in your classroom

Listen for Teacher Key Words!
Video -
Why Blog? Why Now?
Current School Improvement Plan
Increase the use of technology
Improve student's writing scores
Let's see what the research says!
The use of blogs develops higher order thinking skills (Ramos, 2010; Zawilinski, 2009)
Ramos stated that critical thinking, "manifest(s) when pupils become involved in the dynamic reorganisation of knowledge, giving its meaning. This reorganisation is carried out based on the analysis, evaluation and in the connection between acquired knowledge and other (knowledge) pupils already possessed" (p.16).
Research - Writing Development.
Ramos, Maria Altina Silva. (2010). Blog and complex thinking: A case study. US-China Education Review, 7(8), 11-21.
A Word of Caution
Remember to protect your students
We are teaching a generation of digital natives, but they still need our guidance to become digital citizens.
Blog Selection Student identities Privacy settings
Edublog and Kidblog vs. Blogger and Wordpress
As cited in Zawilinski (2009), This population is both self-guided and in need of guidance, and although a willingness to learn new media by point-and-click exploration might come naturally to today’s student cohort, there’s nothing innate about knowing how to apply their skills.... (Reingold, 2006, n.p.)
Blogs are not an automatic HOT fix. Teacher modeling and expectation are essential for success.
Bridge the gap between out of school and in school literacy (Zawilinski, 2009).
Provide an authentic audience and audience awareness (Zawilinski, 2009; Lacina & Griffith, 2012, p. 316; McGrail & Davis, 2011, p. 415).

Not a writing teacher???
Classroom news blogs, Mirror blogs, Showcase blogs, Literature Response blogs (Zawilinski, 2009)
Zawilinski, Lisa. (2009). HOT blogging: A framework for blogging to promote higher order thinking. The Reading Teacher, 62(8). 650-661.
" For children of the 21st century, technology is like oxygen—a necessary component of their life." (Lacina & Griffith, 2012, p 316).
Lenhart (2008) found that students who create their own blog also tend to be productive writers both inside and outside of the classroom (as cited in Lacina & Griffith, 2012, p. 316).
Blogs develop a writing community and a medium for collaboration.
Students begin taking ownership of the writing process (Lacina & Griffith, 2012; McGrail & Davis, 2011, p. 415).
Increases students confidence, motivation, and risk taking (McGrail & Davis, 2011, pp. 428 - 429).
Lacina, Jan & Griffith, Robin. (2012). Blogging as a means of crafting writing. The Reading Teacher, 66(4) 316-320.
McGrail, Ewa & Davis, Anne. (2011): The influence of classroom blogging on elementary student writing. Journal of Research in
Childhood Education, 25(4), 415-437.
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