What is Educational Blogging and why do it?

Wikipedia defines a blog as, "A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order."
In a nutshell, , blogs are about communicating. You have an experience, reflect on it, and then write about it. Other people read your reflections and respond either by commenting or writing their own blog article. You read different perspectives and sometimes learn through another lens, then often write some more.
From Steve Hargadon's Support Blogging Site
  1. Blogging is about reading and writing.
  2. eLiteracy is about reading and writing.
  3. Blogging is about literacy.

ACTIVITY: What are the "rules" that bloggers should follow? Find out at EdTech Magazine and discuss with a neighbor. Add your thoughts to the discussion board.

How do we use them?
ACTIVITY: Take a look at John Pederson's Blog questions for student responses....practice by responding to one of them.

Click HERE for a list of Educational Bloggers: Included Edubloggers, Teachers who blog with students, Classes, etc...


Q: HOW do I KEEP UP with it all?


ACTIVITY: Visit the following links for excellent information on integrating blogs in your classroom:

ACTIVITY: Brainstorm ways that you envision blogs being integrated into your classroom. Post your ideas on the discussion tab at the top of the page.

Blogs Hosting Services:

ACTIVITY: Visit Blogging 101 and think about what blogging policy you want to implement in your classroom creating a permission form/ Acceptable Use for Blogging in your classroom