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EduBlogs in the Classroom

     EduBlogs has many educational applications.  Many teachers are already using blogs in their classrooms in many different and effective ways. They can be used at any grade level-elementary through college- and can even be administered in the business world. Here are some possible examples for implimenting EduBlogs in the classroom.                                                                                                                                                                                           
Elementary:

By using the Internet with young elementary level students, teachers must be cautious.  Elementary students will need more direction and monitoring than students at a higher level.  For elementary school, EduBlogs might even be a great place for parents to leave comments on activities going on in the classroom, allowing the family to get involved.

 | Overview | - Students will learn how to properly use a blog, how to communicate with each other, and how to comment on what others have written.

Objectives

-          Older elementary students will benefit from using EduBlogs by learning how to communicate with each other and how to properly use a blog.
-          Students of all ages will learn how to communicate their ideas with their classmates and how to properly respond to something they may agree or disagree with.
-          Teachers can use EduBlog with young elementary students as long as they are heavily supervised.
-          Expecting younger students to come up with thought provoking comments is a little far-fetched, and the best way to use an EduBlog would probably be to let parents know of  
            upcoming events and assignment due dates.
-          This would be a great place for parents to leave comments on things that are going on in the classroom.

Standards

-          1.1 demonstrates an understanding of the central concepts of his or her discipline.
-          2.1 evaluate student performance to design instruction appropriate for social, cognitive, and emotional development.
-           2.3 provide opportunities for students to assume responsibility for and be actively engaged in their learning.
-          3.1 designs instruction appropriate to students' stages of development, learning styles, strengths and needs.
-          3.3 accesses appropriate services or resources to meet exceptional learning needs when needed.
-          4.2 encourage students to assume responsibility for identifying and using learning resources.
-          5.1 encourages clear procedures and expectations that ensure students assume responsibility for themselves and others, work collaboratively and independently, and engage in
                  purposeful learning activities.
-           5.4 organizes, prepares students for, and monitors independent and group work that allows for full and varied participation of all individuals
-          6.1 models effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information and when    asking questions (e.g., monitoring the effects of messages; restating ideas and 
                  drawing connections; using visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues; being sensitive to nonverbal cues both given and received).

Materials

1.      Computer
2.       EduBlog Site

Procedure

Have student's blog about topics that you have put up. Encourage them to comment on what other students have written. Make the blog a place where students can find assignment guidelines, due dates, a class calendar, and to post comments about the class.

Evaluation

Older elementary students should be able to successfully post a blog on a given topic and be able to comment on one or two things that their classmates have written.


Using the Internet with young elementary level students, teachers must be cautious while using the application. This would also be a great place for parents to leave comments on things going on in the classroom.  | Overview | -          Students will learn how to properly use a blog, how to communicate with each other, and how to comment on what others have written. |

Objectives

-          Older elementary students will benefit from using EduBlogs by learning how to communicate with each other and how to properly use a blog.
-          Students of all ages will learn how to communicate their ideas with their classmates and how to properly respond to something they may agree or disagree with.
-          Teachers can use EduBlog with young elementary students as long as they are heavily supervised.
-          Expecting younger students to come up with thought provoking comments is a little far-fetched, and the best way to use an EduBlog would probably be to let parents know of upcoming events and assignment due dates.
-          This would be a great place for parents to leave comments on things that are going on in the classroom.

Standards

-          1.1  demonstrates an understanding of the central concepts of his or her discipline.
-          2.1  evaluate student performance to design instruction appropriate for social, cognitive, and emotional development.
-           2.3  provide opportunities for students to assume responsibility for and be actively engaged in their learning.
-          3.1  designs instruction appropriate to students' stages of development, learning styles, strengths and needs.
-          3.3  accesses appropriate services or resources to meet exceptional learning needs when needed.
-          4.2  encourage students to assume responsibility for identifying and using learning resources.
-          5.1  encourages clear procedures and expectations that ensure students assume responsibility for themselves and others, work collaboratively and independently, and engage in
                   purposeful learning activities.
-           5.4  organizes, prepares students for, and monitors independent and group work that allows for full and varied participation of all individuals
-          6.1  models effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information and when    asking questions (e.g., monitoring the effects of messages; restating ideas and
                   drawing connections; using visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues; being sensitive to nonverbal cues both given and received).

Materials

1.      Computer
2.       EduBlog Site

Procedure

Have student's blog about topics that you have put up. Encourage them to comment on what other students have written. Make the blog a place where students can find assignment guidelines, due dates, a class calendar, and to post comments about the class.

Evaluation

Older elementary students should be able to successfully post a blog on a given topic and be able to comment on one or two things that their classmates have written.

secondary

Math:

Objectives

Given a very difficult homework problem, students will use EduBlogs in order to work together to solve the math problem with 100% accuracy. The problem is very complex, and while it uses concepts learned in class, students will have to depend on one another and work as a team in order to solve the problem.  Students will use Edublogs in order to solve the problem, allowing them to work together anytime anywhere while allowing participation and progress to be monitored and commented on by the instructor.

Standards

-          1.1 demonstrates an understanding of the central concepts of his or her discipline.
-          2.1 evaluate student performance to design instruction appropriate for social, cognitive, and emotional development.
-          2.3   provide opportunities for students to assume responsibility for and be actively engaged in their learning.
-          3.1   designs instruction appropriate to students' stages of development, learning styles, strengths and needs.
-          3.3 accesses appropriate services or resources to meet exceptional learning needs when needed.
-          4.2 encourage students to assume responsibility for identifying and using learning resources.
-          5.1  encourages clear procedures and expectations that ensure students assume responsibility for themselves and others, work collaboratively and independently, and engage in purposeful learning activities.
-          5.4    organizes, prepares students for, and monitors independent and group work that allows for full and varied participation of all individuals
-          6.1  models effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information and when    asking questions (e.g., monitoring the effects of messages; restating ideas and drawing connections; using visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues; being sensitive to nonverbal cues both given and received).

Materials

1.      Computer
2.       EduBlog Site
3.       Text Book
4.       Calculator

Procedure

The problem is very complex, and while it uses concepts learned in class, students will have to depend on one another and work as a team in order to solve the problem.  Students will use Edublogs in order to solve the problem, allowing them to work together anytime anywhere while allowing participation and progress to be monitored and commented on by the instructor.

Evaluation

Students will be quizzed about what they have learned.  They will be expected to answer questions about the math problem but also about Edublogs and working as a team.


History:

English:

Overview

Students will get a feel for blogging through the use of journals.

Objective

Given the knowledge of how to blog and the importance of blogging, students will make their own blogs in journals and respond to other students blogs efficiently.

Standards

7.5.2

  • develop interpretations that show careful reading, understanding, and insight.
  • organize interpretations around several clear ideas, premises, or images from the literary work.
  • support statements with evidence from the text.7.5.6
    Use varied word choices to make writing interesting and more precise.
  • 7.5.7
    Write for different purposes and to a specific audience or person, adjusting style and tone as necessary.

Materials

•Spiral notebook
•Pencil

Procedures

•Welcome the students into the classroom.
•Review over the lesson from yesterday about blogging.
•Discuss how and why blogging is useful.
•Ask the students to get out their spiral notebooks.
•Explain the assignment.
•Now have the student write their first entry.
•Once each student is done writing, have them trade with another student close by.
•The new student should read the entry and reply with their own thoughts and feelings about the submission.
•Return the journals back to the owners.
•Now the students can read the reply and reply back or add another entry.
•Do this once a week for a month.

Evaluation

The students will write their personal blogs in their journals, then trade with another student to allow them to respond to the initial post.


Science:

Overview

Science projects in the real world are done in groups with many different people working together.  The students will pick a science project and will be grouped with a student from another school to work with.  They will learn how to use the science site on edublogs to interact with the other students through blogging.

Objective

-          Students will create a science project with a student from another school over edublogs
-          Both students in each group will research, write, experiment, and present their project
-          Students will learn how to use edublogs to communicate with each other
-          Students will create an online display of their project on edublogs

Standards

-          NS 9-12.1
-          NS 9-12.3
-          NS 9-12.4
-          NS 9-12.5

Materials

-          Computers with internet capability
-          Project materials specific to the student groups

Procedure

-          The teacher will introduce the assignment to the class and divide them up with the students from the other class.
-          Let the students get into contact with the other classes students over edublog.
-          Let the students work each day on their project and blog to their partners.
-          Presentation of projects with a projector showing the class their online project.

Evaluation

-          Students will fill out a partner evaluation.
-          Project rubric.
-          Presentation.

post secondary

Overview

Students at a college level will be introduced to Edublogs in an Education Course and will use Campus Edublogs to create their eportfolios before submitting them to Taskstream.

Objective

- Students will be introduced to Edublogs and learn how to use them efficiently
- Students will create an eportfolio through the use of Edublogs by uploading, posting, or embedding their work

Materials

Computer with Internet access

Procedure

- The professor will introduce the assingment via paper handout, giving each of them a username and password.
- The students will interact on the Edublog website on their own to become familiar with it.
- The students will then begin creating and editing their Eportfolios.
- When the Eportfolios are complete, the students will upload them to TaskStream.

Evaluation

The professor will check progress of Eportfolios every week and issue a grade of completion.  

Overview

Students at a college level will be introduced to Edublogs and use them for discussion on class readings.

Objective

- Students will be introduced to Edublogs and learn how to navigate, interact, and create their own posts.
- Students will use Edublogs to create a post that answers the question about the reading.
- Students will respond to other posts from their class providing feedback.

Materials

Computer with Internet access

Procedure

- Professor will introduce the assignment via paper handout, giving each student a username and password.
- Students will log on and create a blog post about that weeks reading on their Edublog page.
- Students will then respond to their classmates' blog posts about the reading.

Evaluation

- Professor will first read each blog and assign it a grade based on the completion of the assignment and the relevance of the information to the question.
- Students will then be graded on their responses to their classmates' blog post as a completion grade.

 Source: Farmer, James et all. Edublogs. 30 March 2009. <www.edublogs.org>

business/industry

Teacher to Teacher and/or Administration

Overview

EduBlogs will offer a way of communication through the workplace, providing for a more efficient school community.

Objectives

  • From a workplace standpoint, teachers will develop skills in communicating with the faculty and staff working in their school system
  • Also, from a workplace standing, teachers will have a better knowledge of what is taking place in and around the school community by having an efficient way of communication throughout the school.
  • For a given workforce, the administration will have a prompt and convient way of contacting all staff members at one time, and the staff members will be able offer ideas, insights, and suggestions to the administration in an open manner.
  • Given a typical school system of elementary, middle school/junior high, and high school, the faculty and staff will be able to commuicate and share ideas with the entire board when using EduBlogs.

Standards

  • 2.1 evaluate student performance to design instruction appropriate for social, cognitive, and emotional development
  • 2.3   provide opportunities for students to assume responsibility for and be actively engaged in their learning.
  • 4.2 encourage students to assume responsibility for identifying and using learning resources.
  • 5.1  encourages clear procedures and expectations that ensure students assume responsibility for themselves and others, work collaboratively and independently, and engage in     purposeful learning activities
  • 6.1  models effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information and when    asking questions (e.g., monitoring the effects of messages; restating ideas and  drawing connections; using visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues; being sensitive to nonverbal cues both given and received).

Materials

a computer connected to the internet with access to the EduBlog website

Procedure

  • Teachers and faculty members incorporated into a school system will all create accounts with EduBlogs.org
  • Teachers and/or the Administration can submit questions for lessons, benefit ideas, clubs, school sports, etc.
  • Other members of the faculty can read about and offer suggestions, praise, or tips on the topics raised through EduBlogs.
  • An effective community will be created through the commuication skills and connections that will through the use of EduBlogs from an administraive and business point of action.

Evaluation

EduBlogs provides schools with a system where teachers, faculty, and students can work together to create the best learning evironment for students as possible.

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4 Comments

  1. Unknown User (khollis)

    Secondary Math

    Objective:

  2. Unknown User (ncastro)

    I'm not sure if what I put for the materials, procedure, and evaluation is 100% right. So feel free to go in and fix it or add to it.

    Thanx

    Nicole

  3. Unknown User (klcahill)

  4. Unknown User (klcahill)

    does anyone have the website for the standards?