“My Favorite (Awesome) Teachers” Learn About Blogs

I’m back at Salem in Orange asking these three familiar questions (participant responses are in italics):

1. What is a blog?

An online journal… a source for information… a tool for discussion… somebody’s opinion… it’s interactive (we put stuff in and get a response)… 

2. What is the read/write web?

Interactive back and forth reading and writing – responses… online conversation – that stays… is it different form a blog? … open to everybody

3. What might these technologies mean for you and your students?

Communication… you get to know them better… relationships… feedback… it goes beyond the classroom.

Their wheels are turning and we’ve got some good stuff going into the workshop. We’re off. Please leave a comment related to how you hope you can use a blog in your class.

PS. Yes, the participants titled the post. ;)

11 Responses to ““My Favorite (Awesome) Teachers” Learn About Blogs”

  1. Susie Says:

    This looks interesting.

  2. Lisa Gilbert Says:

    Could I use this in place of my website?

  3. mariann Says:

    Sounds interesting – I’m looking forward to learning more today.

  4. Kyle Says:

    To further education. Expand learning.

  5. Julie Says:

    Looks really user-friendly!

  6. jim Says:

    Blogs are an chance to have you get to know the families in your classroom, more. You can also have a way for the students to share different ideas about things and even do a creative writing or some other discussion question.

  7. Shelly Says:

    There’s so much out there!! It’s so exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

  8. Meg Says:

    You mentioned using a blog to capture discussion….when would a teacher input this?? After school?

  9. Sally Says:

    I am new to blogging – I am interested in finding out more about how blogging is used for teaching and learning and also what the potential future is for this medium.
    I have looked at a lot of blogs today, but often find that they are hard to engage with because of the chronological order of postings ? is this a common problem with blogs. What makes a great blog site ?
    Appreciate any comments

  10. Mark Wagner Says:

    Hi, Sally. Some teachers in my workshops do seem to be initially put off by the chronological nature of blogs. You might be sure to explore any links that say “about” or “welcome” or “bio” (or something like that) at the top of the page or in the side column. There are usually a few links to static pages that can introduce you to the blog and it’s author(s). Other than that, getting to know a blog is like joining a conversation – or getting to know a person; just read a few recent posts and then if you like what you see, check back (or subscribe) to see what that person writes about over time. Start leaving comments if you are engaged by what they are writing, especially if you’ve been reading for a while and are starting to get a sense for what that person is writing about.

    As for what makes a great blog site, there are lots of (differing) opinions on that. I’m in the camp that believes there are few rules, but that it need to be more than an online journal of what happened when – or unsupported opinions. After a lot of exposure to edubloggers like Will Richardson, I like to say that blogging begins with reading or doing something, then reflecting on it, then writing about it, and finally receiving feedback on what you’ve written. (Of course, giving feedback to others is equally important). Also, I like to focus my efforts on two things: making a contribution (by posting original thinking – not necessarily profound or even unique, but from my perspective) and making connections (by including others in my blogging – by writing about them or for them, by linking to them, and by inviting comments). Beyond that, developing your own voice is as important (and natural) part of blogging as it is with any kind of writing.

    I hope this helps. And if you’ve got a blog going, let me know the address so I can follow along. :)

    UPDATE: I just realized you included your blog address when you commented. Subscribing now… sadly, there’s no posts.

  11. Educational Technology and Life » Blog Archive » How to Engage (and Write) A Good Blog Says:

    […] This exchange of comments took place on one of my demo workshop posts and I thought it would be worth sharing here as a post in and of itself. I may share it with beginning bloggers in workshops in the future, and I’d love it if any other bloggers would leave any comments with their answers to Sally’s questions, too. […]