Once you have read a few blogs you may decide you want to start one of your own. This technology tip is for teachers who want to begin a blogs.
Check out these blogs from math teacher Karen McLinden. Students are asked to respond to a post during a specified amount of time. Some are math topics and some are topics about recent events in the lives of the students.
What are other kinds of blogs that teacher’s have started? Here is a list taken from Will Richardson’s Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom.
- Reflective Journal that focuses on:
- Your teaching experiences – The good, the bad, the ugly.
- Your own learning – Professional development – What do you do with those ideas? Did they work? What would you do again? What would you never do again? Have you seen a good teacher in action? Advice that you need to remember.
- Share your experiences – Give how-to’s for another teacher, Describe lessons that you taught and how they went, share technology integration that you have attempted.
- Class Blogs:
- Literature Circles or online book clubs
- Class related info – i.e. calendars, events, homework, supplies, wish-lists
- Post questions on class topics for students to respond to – can focus on literature or skills
- Post writing prompts and have students expand on them as part of their comments to you
- Showcase student work or provide example of good classroom work
- Gather internet resources for class assignments
- Link your class to another class in the world for a joint project or just an ongoing conversation
Any other ideas? Please add your ideas in the comments section.