Kudos to all of you who are embarking on this challenge with us. Today, in an attempt to get everyone on the same (web)page, our challenge is the blog tool Blogger. If you are unfamiliar with what a blog is, here is a quick video to get you up to speed:
Blogger is the blogging website with which this 30 Day Challenge was created, and it is a great site for getting started with blogging in the classroom.
Before we jump into some of the possible applications of Blogger in the classroom, the first part of today's challenge is to learn three basic tasks related to participating in a discussion on a Blogger blog.
First, we need to set up our online profile:
Next, we need to subscribe to the blog as a member of this online community:
Finally, we need to post a comment to the blog post to participate in the discussion:
Exploring Blogger for the Classroom
We chose Blogger as a featured communication tool for three reasons. First, there are many blogs that can enhance your own professional learning.While not all of these were created in Blogger, you will see that many bloggers use the familiar Blogger template. Click the link below for a short list of some of our favorite blogs to follow:
Some of our favorite blogs to follow
Second, Blogger is an excellent host for building a blog to use in your classroom. Blogs can be used to extend the classroom in many ways:
20 Reasons Why Students Should Blog
33 Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom
Here are some examples of teacher blogs from our corporation (past and current):
The Sweater Vest Blog (2008-2009)
Mr. Flake's Science Class (Current)
Mrs. Esparza's Math Classroom (Current)
Mr. Bennet's Blog (Current)
Jammin' With the Jets (Current)
Third, inviting students to blog is an excellent way to develop student voice and to give students an authentic audience for their work. The link below has some great examples of student blogging in the classroom:
The EduBlogger- Check Out Class Blogs!
If you are interested in exploring blogging in the classroom, we recommend the following resources to get you started:
EVSC ICATS- Resources for Bloggers
Great Blogging Advice from Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher)
Finally, here are some resources related to getting started with Blogger itself:
The Essentials of Using Blogger to Publish Your Blog
Blogger Help YouTube Channel
Throughout the 30 Day Web 2.0 Challenge, your task will be to share your experiences and ideas about the various web tools we highlight. While there is no specific length requirement for your comments, we hope that you will keep in mind the opportunity that we all have to learn from one another's reflections. It's a good practice to read the other comments and then add to or enhance the conversation with your own perspective.
Your Assignment: Comment to this Post with your own ideas about how Blogger/ blogging could have an impact on your professional practice, or share your experience/ advice related to using this tool. Also, if you have a classroom blog, we'd love to know about it. Please share the URL.