What About Blogs?
Welcome to the Eighth Floor class about blogging in education
A collaborative and constructive tool, blogs have found their place in education. As educators, we are using them as learning tools not only for our students, but also for ourselves.

"Like…now that our kids have access to an authentic audience, why don’t we give them all sorts of opportunities to write about the things THEY care about in ways that have a real purpose and meaning in the world. Becoming a great writer starts with developing a passion for writing, something we too often extinguish in schools." Will Richardson

Our objectives for this short workshop are

  • to become familiar with blogs as a Web 2.0 tool
  • explore uses for your classroom or professional development
  • set up a practice blog of your own.

Blogs in Plain English
Lee LeFever of the Common Craft Show

Blogging with LIttle People - Video

So What’s a Blog?
Let the//6 & 7 year olds from Room 9//at Nelson Central School educate you about
what they think a blog is and why they love using them!
Top 10 Reasons to Use a Blog in the Classroom
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What is Edublogs ?

Edublogs is site that allows free blogs by educators or students. It was recently acquired by WordPress, and some features may have changed, but check it out for use as a class blog. While what your students post will be public, you have control over content before it is made public.

Let’s Talk About Blogs

  • How is a blog different from a website?
  • How is blogging different from other types of writing or online communication?
  • Why do you think you or your students might be attracted to this as a form of expression?
  • How might you use a blog in your classroom or for your professional development?
  • What obstacles might you face using blogs with your students?
  • The first step to being a good blogger is to be a good blog . . . . __ ?

Education Professional Development Blogs
Will Richardson- A blog by Will Richardson
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - A blog by Wesley Fryer
Blog of Proximal Development - a blog by Konrad Glogowski
Blogs about Educational Blogging - a wiki by Support Blogging.com
The Eighth Floor Blog - a blog written by The Eighth Floor Consortium instructors because you are dying to know what we think
100 Helpful Websites for Teachers - Not all of these are actual blogs (scroll down to abt #41 to find blogs) but these are great sites worth sharing anytime.
Top 10 Technology Blogs in Education - I follow several of these myself.
InsideOut - Tulsa CommunityCollege blog for students
TEACH 100 - A daily ranking of education blogs
Teacher Lingo - an educational community of teacher blogs, lesson plans, and other resources.

Classroom/Student/Teacher Blogs
The KinderKids Blog PK-2 blogging award winner
Webster High School blog
Ms Priddy, Webster HS English/Math Blog
Tipline tips on how technology can enhance teaching and learning
Ann Smith, English Teacher, all her blogs!
Mrs Perry's Classroom Blogs
Mrs. Fine's Fouth Grade Gate
High School Sports Blog
The Good Habits Blog (blog for students and teachers)
Mrs Cassidy's Classroom Blog (elementary)
Little Red Wagon - elementary (2nd grade) blog by Dr. Jill Steeley, Coweta, OK\\
A List of top 50 Elementary Blogs
College Student Geek
Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher - Blending Learning and Technology in the Classroom
License to Teach - Brittany J - US History in Tulsa Oklahoma

Student from The Open Program in an Oregon school blog about the project:

Teacher Resources and Blogical Ideas
Blog Ideas
Education Resources and Lesson Plans
Blog Lesson Plans
Blogging vs. Threaded Discussion
Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning

Google Search for Blogs

Check out the following education/safety focused postings and articles:
Web 2.0 is the Future of Education
Blogs, Fair Use, and Paying to Play

Blogging ToolsKid blog.org
Free Technology for Teachers

Blogging Tips and Tricks:Yes! - Student Blogs Allowed
Science Blogs in Middle and HS classrooms
Web Blog Basics
Blogs - Anatomy
Blogs for Learning
Evaluating Blogging
Blogging Best Practices
Top 10 Blog Writing Tips
Use of Blogs in an Online College Classroom
Need A Blogging Rubric?
How to Create a Blog on Blogger (video)
How to Get Your Blog Post Shared 1000 Times