I watch the news and they refer to their blogs and read reader’s comments on the air. I listen to the radio and hear about the blogs available there and what listeners have to say about the goings on with the music. The Entertainment industry is full of blogs, I was tracking down past American Idol participants and found many have blogs now to keep their fans informed. Blogs have infiltrated our everyday lives, but still research suggests many people still don’t understand what blogs are.
So how are we reaching our students to get them informed? I started thinking about all the teachers who are introducing blogging this year (or have been blogging for several years) on campus now. I wanted to share those examples so maybe other people will get ideas on how blogs can be used in their classrooms.
Blogs at Ridgeview:
- Mrs. Hazen, 6th grade math, is using a blog as a web page to communicate with parents and students about class happenings as well as providing reteaching and more information about class topics. http://ridgeviewms.org/hazen/
- Mrs. McLinden, TAG Math has been using blogs for several years to get her students talking about math. She has 3 blogs, one for each subject. At the end of the year she asks students to leave advice for the incoming group. This is a great example of building relationships with students:
- 7th Grade Science teachers, Mrs. Dausses, Mrs. Stegall, Mrs. Mayen and Mrs. Prescott are using blogs to ask students to think about the science topics they are learning about in class as well as to give more information to extend learning.
What do the students get out of this? They are learning how to interact in our ever changing world. They are learning how to respond appropraitely on blogs and how to stay safe online by not sharing too much about themselves. They are learning how to become part of the global conversation.