Thank you for joining the 29-Day Web 2.0 Challenge! Our first blog entry is provided by Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation's iCATS. We would like to thank them for their support of this project.
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 29-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. You've created a Blogger profile, now all you need to do is click on Join this site in the Followers section to the right. You are then given the choice of using your Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Aim, Netlog, or OpenID account. On the next screen click on Follow this blog and you're all set. You are a member of the 29-Day Web 2.0 Challenge community.
Finally, we need to post a comment to the blog post to participate in the discussion. Be sure that you have become a member of the blog community by following the directions above. If there are comments made to the post already it will state that at the end of the post. Click on the Comments link to read the comments already made. To enter your comment, click in the white comment box at the bottom of the page, change the profile you'd like to post as (likely you will not change this), then click on Publish.
Exploring Blogger for the Classroom
Blogger was chosen 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 Evansville Vanderburgh School 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
So what's the challenge? Each day as you read the blog entry, please think about how you will use the tool in the classroom or how you have already used it. We would like you to share your experiences, plans, and ideas with others using this blog. We welcome not only comments to the blog entry, but to other people's comments as well.
To get you started, how could you use blogging in your classroom? If you already have a blog, please share the URL and share the purpose of your blog.