Blog OR Weblog: "Perhaps the most powerful Internet tool is the Weblog, or blog, an online journal that is continuously updated by its author or authors. Blogs are Web sites that facilitate instantaneous publication and allow for feedback from readers. They’ve been used to form professional development communities, both within one school and across continents." [From Teacher Magazine, The Blogvangelist, October 1, 2006] Blogs with video are sometimes called vlogs. Hint: Blogs are listed in reverse chronological order.

Here is a movie clip of how a New England teacher, Will RIchardson, integrated blogging into studying The Secret Life of Bees and the power and impact of this Web 2.0 tool. [Note: Denise and I attended a wonderful hands-on workshop at Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference lead by Will Richardson, famed educator leading the charge in using Web. 2.0 tools and author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms.]

Sixth grade teacher Bill Ferriter strikes again! Click here to read a fantastic overview of blogging.

This article addresses social networking--of which blogging is a part--and how a teacher embraced it. Web Pulls World into Classroom From Christian Science Monitor

One way to conduct a search for blogs is at--you guess it!--Google's blog search. Try Technorati and search for more than blogs--video, photos and more.

Two Critical Tips for Classroom Blog Projects From Bill Ferriter's blog. "Blogging certainly seems---based on the wave of teachers jumping into the digital soup---to be a logical step, but having a practical plan in place before introducing blogs to your students will definitely make your efforts more targeted and productive."

Another excellent resource is David Warlick's book Classroom Blogging: 2nd Edition. Description: "Weblogs are about reading and writing. Literacy is about reading and writing. Blogging equals literacy. How rarely does an aspect of how we live and work plug so perfectly into how we teach and learn? Reading this book will give teachers important clues not only in how to become a blogger and to make their students bloggers, but also how this new avenue of expression is revolutionizing the information environment that we live in."

Check out more on Warlick's extensive blogging info at Warlick's CoLearner-Blogging in Education. One cool place is imbee, where, according to
Warlick, "Is thhe first secure social networking and blogging destination for kids."

There is also something called micro-blogging--blog from anywhere at anytime. See Twitter and Yurbo.

Edublogs We Love: Ten Top Stops for Internet Interaction Some of the most popular education blogs. From Edutopia

Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet How to set up a blog in your classroom. From Edutopia. This is an excellent article on the 'hows" of classroom blogs. Don't Miss This!


Another one not to miss is David Warlick's blog post on Some Sample Blog Assignments Aligned with International Society for Technology in Education Student Standards.

One blogging technique that can be used across disciplines is the Scribe Tech. Check out how this math teacher used the technnique in his classroom.

Finding it difficult to assess student participation in a blog? Look at this resource: Comments Challenge.

Looking for more specific ideas to use in the upper school? Click here for an exploration.

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