Create Classroom Blogs

Date of training session: September 21, 2010 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in PAHS Dell Lab 216 paper-note-background_Blog.gif
Session Description:
Create Classroom Blogs
A blog is a website that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual to regularly post commentary and related hyperlinks. A weblog reflects the thinking and personality of the author, as well as the thinking and reflection of the blog's commentators. Learn how to create a classroom blog filled with critical-thinking content, hyperlinks, and widgets. Allow students to subscribe to your blog posts and learn how to monitor and control the comment content added to your blog posts.


Blogs in Plain English by Lee Lefever of Common Craft


2341698121_b349c401b4.jpgClassroom Blog Examples

Teaching & Learning Spanish
Edublogger Best Blogs
National Geographic Blogs for Younger Students
Integrating ICT in MFL
Mrs. Hossack's First Graders
AP Calculus
BookWrap
In Need of Coffee
I Think....
Interactive Chatting Teddies
Mrs. C's Senior English Blogs
Mrs. Warner's Class
Wojtera's Words
Keyboarding I
Toa's Troops
South Titan Government Blog
Grandview Library Student Blogs
New Zealand Top Teacher Blogs
ASH Faculty Teacher Blogs
Business Education Blogs
Chatham Middle School Podcast Blogs
Suffern Middle School in Second Life Blog
The Learning Stick - Use Blogs as Web-based Portfolios
Have Fun Teaching Blog
Fun Music Company

Teacher Blog Examples

The Language Resources Blog
A Chat with Mary
Good Examples of Blogging
A Geeky Momma's Blog
Call4Teachers
Top 100 Education Blogs
Kathy's Ed Tech Blog Picks
Cool Cat Teacher
Life Is Not A Race Be First Finished
Free Tech for Teachers
Tech4Teachers
Top 20 Teacher Blogs
Top 50 Teacher Blogs
100 Best Blogs for Teachers of the Future
EduBlog Awards 2009 - The best Education blogs
100 Best Blogs for the Classroom Teacher
Lifelong Learning
Dynamic Lesson Plan

Reputable Blog in Education

NY Times The Learning Network

Blog Searchs

Technorati - info tech blogs
Technorati - teacher blogs

Sites to Create Blogs

Blogger
Blogger Help
Edublogs
21Classes
Wordpress
CoverItLive
Audioboo - audio-blogging
Capzles - create storylines with your blog posts & multimedia
edmodo - micro-blogging
eThink
Posterous - great for field trip blogs
Seesmic - blogging with videos

Things to Know When Creating Blogs

Identify Blog Components
A Blogger's Code of Ethics
How to Practice Good Blog Etiquette
Blog Rules by David Warlick
Use RSS feeds to monitor student blogs

Lesson Plans to Teach Blogging to Students

Sixth Grade by SpartaConnections wiki
Seventh Grade by SpartaConnections wiki
Eighth Grade by SpartaConnections wiki
Blogging Lesson Plans K-12 by CR2.0 wiki
Blogging for Writing Lesson Plan by Silvia Tolisano
Blogging Lesson Plan for Writing by Stage of Life High School
A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs by Mark Sample, The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Classroom Blogging as Writing Instruction by mysterbee06 on YouTube

Widgets

Create a Voki - a talking avatar that gives your wiki the personal touch
Spell with Flickr - spell words using pictures that are stored on www.flickr.com
Timeline - many timelines that can be embedded into a wiki
Widget Gallery - search through mini widgets
Widgetbox - a widget storehouse
Geovisite - a counter widget that also shows geo tracking
Who's Amung Us? - Who is on your website/wiki and where are they located?
ClustrMap - locate visitors to your wikiType a user name, password, and email.
TeacherTube or YouTube - videos

Graphics - Public Domain

Wikimedia Commons
Morgue File
Robin Good Listing
CogDogRoo Images, Audio, & Video Listing
Custom Sign Generator

Miscellaneous Blog Helpers

divShare - deliver media to your blog
domo - school-friendly version of Go!Animate
embedIt - embed your documents in your blogs
Filezilla - ftp service
Scribd - embed documents on your blog
Slideshare - embed presentations on your blog



Very Important Tip for Blogger! Delete "Next Blog" Link in Header

To hide the Blogger Navbar :

How to Remove the NavBar in Blogger
1- Log in to blogger

2- On your Dashboard, select Layout. This will take you to the Template tab. Click Edit HTML. Under the Edit Template section you will see you blog's HTML.

3- Paste:

#navbar-iframe {
display: none !important;
}

underneath the CSS definition of the html code. (See below)
<span style="font-family: monospace;">...
<b:skin><![CDATA[/*
-----------------------------------------------
Blogger Template Style
Name:     Rounders
Designer: Douglas Bowman
URL:      www.stopdesign.com
Date:     27 Feb 2004
Updated by: Blogger Team
----------------------------------------------- */</span>
#navbar-iframe {
display: none !important;
}

Remove the code to show it again.


Files Used In Professional Development Session

Presentation

Notespages




Cover It Live Demo Blog for Session


**Blogs Educational Technology Professional Development Evaluation Survey**

References & Attribution

Graphic - RSS logo - Image can be found on flickr.com at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhenriquez/2341698121/ by Daniel Henriquez

Need Help?

  • Email Melanie Wiscount (melanie_wiscount@pasd.us) with any questions you may have about using these technology tools in the classroom.
  • Check out my teacher website at: http://www.melaniewiscount.com