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Blogs are a great way to reflect on your research (be sure to maintain confidentiality) and to share your findings. Here are some resources to get you started:


What is a blog?




  • Blogs v. Wikis - A mashup that explores the affordances and constraints of blogs v. wikis through the political actions/stances of Kennedy v. Nixon - chericem1 chericem1


  • Kairo's News - An outstanding, step-by-step explanation of what blogs are, with fantastic links to articles, research, and examples of how blogging is being used at various levels of education - chericem1 chericem1



Examples of Educational Blogs


  • Blogical Minds - This one is noteworthy because of the ways in which it connects 5th grade students to international blogging communities and engages them in thinking explicitly about multiple literacies and in playing with web 2.0 tools that can facilitate their development - chericem1 chericem1

  • Bob Sprankle – Room 208 (Elementary) - Elementary educator who became well known in the blogging community for the ways he used blogs with his elementary students. You’ll see from the navigation bar on the left that he does a weekly podcast with them, posts a link each week to a new resource that parents and students can explore together, encourages each child to post on his or her own blog which is linked to his main class blog, and also posts some sample writing of his own - chericem1 chericem1


  • Developing Expert Voices - Blog that began as a rotating "daily scribe" project and eventually positioned students as teachers of complex mathematical concepts in ways that fostered the development of multiple literacies in the process - chericem1 chericem1

  • Josh's School Blog - Super example of how English and Social Studies students are using blogs to post and comment on one another's writing. Note the scaffolding the teacher provides for the various assignments and be sure to check out the links on the sidebar - chericem1 chericem1

  • One Sentence - True stories, told in one sentence - This would make a great writing assignment for students that could then be traded with a peer, who would then expand the story (with a twist, of course)! In world language classes, you could ask students to do these as a means of communicating norms or mores of the target culture. - chericem1 chericem1

  • Primary 7v Class Blog - Super example of a blog that uses tons of web 2.0 apps (BubbleShare, etc.) to make it an interactive and appealing place to visit - chericem1 chericem1


  • Room 208 - Great example of how a teacher is using a whole class blog to encourage students' to engage with one another's work, to support literacy development, etc. - chericem1 chericem1

  • Sixty Minute Artist - This blog demonstrates that reflective practice can be collected through blogging, and that blogging can become a form of teaching - chericem1 chericem1

  • WFS 7th Grade English - Example of how a 7th grade English teacher is using a blog to manage handouts, homework, and to interact with students re: it - chericem1 chericem1

  • Yesenia - Example of how a language arts teacher might have students use blogs to create online portfolios of work (freewrites, reflections, vocabulary, etc.)



Examples of How K-12 Students Are Blogging to Transform Society


  • Peace Takes Courage - Blog by a 17-year-old homeschooler that gets over 60,000 hits per day. Her videos campaigning against the war in Iraq have gotten her invitations to major talk shows.


  • Twenty-five Days To Make a Difference - And lest you think only teenagers are using blogs to change the world, check out this one by a 10-year-old girl that started with shoveling snow and turned into online activism for charitable causes and service learning. Note all the literacies she employs in order to make all of this work.




Examples of Other Interesting Blogs



  • The Generator Blog - A beautiful blog that contains links to all sorts of fun generators (cereal boxes, singing cards, etc.) - chericem1 chericem1


  • Learning Signs - Shows how one educator has engaged his family in using a blog to document their informal learning - chericem1 chericem1


  • PostSecret - Began as an online community art project and has now resulted in at least 4 books - chericem1 chericem1




Examples of Research-related Blogs


The Qualitative Research Blog - A blog devoted to issues related to qualitative research - chericem1 chericem1

Research Blogs - A collection of blogs that are being used in some part of the research process - chericem1 chericem1

The Teacher Research Blog - A blog maintained by the New York State English Council's Standing Committee on Teacher Inquiry - chericem1 chericem1



Why "blog" and what should you consider before doing so?







  • Remote Access: The Social Life of Knowledge - This post discusses the distinctions between student work as artifacts v. student work as resources and emphasizes the importance of playing with knowledge and its social components. Many examples of using web2.0 for ed. purposes - chericem1 chericem1




How does one "blog?"



  • 10 Ways to Create Content for Your Weblog - A very helpful article targeting bloggers that contains 10 helpful tips for overcoming writer's block, along with a list of links to other useful articles on blogging that will be especially helpful to beginners - chericem1 chericem1





How does one create a videoblog or vodcast?









How does one manage blogs?



  • Bloglines - (For use with websites that offer RSS or XML feeds) A few simple clicks of your mouse will allow you to download a newsreader that will compile and organize your blog and news feeds from various sources - chericem1 chericem1


  • Google Reader - Compile and organize your blog and news feeds from various websites that have RSS or XML feeds - chericem1 chericem1

  • RSS Quick Start Guide for Educators - clip_image002.gifThis link will take you to the table of contents for a comprehensive guide to RSS feeds. The guide offers step-by-step explanations for teachers who want to begin subscribing to various RSS feeds (beginning with an explanation of RSS!) and can be downloaded as a PDF - chericem1 chericem1



Research on Blogging










Technical Tips & Tricks




  • Creating a Feed - 2-page PDF with simple instructions and clear screenshots for creating an RSS feed for Blogger - chericem1 chericem1




  • SplashCast: Channel Yourself Across the Web - Use this tool to stream channels that combine documents (PDFs and PowerPoints), images, music, text, and video. Modify your channel and will all the web pages ‘tuned’ to that channel will be updated automatically - chericem1 chericem1


  • Tasty Data Goodies - Swivel - Lets you search for, explore, compare, share, and upload data on a variety of different topics. Searchable. VERY useful for finding stats on particular topics - chericem1 chericem1

  • YourMinis - Turn any blog page into a widget, along with widgets developed by users and posted for the public - chericem1 chericem1






Tools for Blogging


  • Blogger.com - A free, easy-to-use blogging service that will have you blogging in just 3 easy steps - chericem1 chericem1

  • Edublogs.org - Free, easy-to-use blogging service for educators that combines the affordances of blogs with the functionality of web pages - chericem1 chericem1



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