For the final assignment for this course, I wrote a plan for getting my students blogging. It is far from an original thought in this day and age, but for my site it is new and different.
As we move forward, I want the students to be prepared for the influx of access to technology, not just the Internet. Keeping this in mind, as well as the school’s goal of WICORizing the curriculum (embedding writing, inquiry, collaboration, organizing, and reading), I think blogging is an ideal way to to achieve these goals.
Classroom Blogging Activity
Specific Course: Students enrolled in Computer Applications 7 will pilot student blogging by utilizing the teacher’s Edublogs Pro account.
Blog Usage: The teacher and students will be able to view each other’s blogs; however, the student blogs will only be accessible to the outside world with the password.
Timeline: This activity covers the initial setup of student blogs and postings and will cover a eight class periods.
Day 1 & 2: Introduction to blogging
Day 3 & 4: Guided practice in setting up blog and publishing initial post
Day 5: Compose and publish post based on class blog prompt
Day 6 & 7: Comment and respond to classmates posts
Day 8: Reflect on the process, what worked, what didn’t work, challenges and how they were overcome. Shout-outs for classmates
Posts & Comments: The class blog will contain a prompt or assignment from which students will compose posts on their individual blogs and comment as appropriate to either the class blog or fellow classmate blogs, if not both. The prompt will incorporate core course content to create a bridge between the computer application elective and academic courses.
Example of Post Prompts:
- Where I come from
- How PBIS has affected me
- My academic goals for the year
- How I prepared for my conference with my parents
- My Binder, my academic life
- My top math sites and why
- How having a laptop is going to change my study habits
- Digital curriculum and my learning style
Assessment: During this lesson students will be assessed by multiple measures including a checklist, observation, and rubric. A checklist will be used to track that students are able to independently log in to their account to create pages and posts, and manage comments. A rubric based on the University of Wisconsin’s Stout Blogging Rubric will be used to score posts, comments, and responses.
Other information: The vast majority of the students have limited access to the Internet outside of school, depending on Wi-Fi services at the local grocery store or hotspots when they travel an hour or more to town. With the new one-to-one initiative roll out coming soon, students at some point will have a device to take home, not right away but at some point in the school year.
Introduction to Blogging in the Classroom Lesson Plan
|Date August 3||Class Computer Apps 7||C Edwards|
|Arizona Technology Standards|| Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
Strand 2: Communication and Collaboration
Strand 6: Technology Operations and Concepts
|Objective|| Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize a blog as educational tool by:
|Essential Questions||What is a blog?Who has a blog?How can I enhance my learning by using a blog?Do you think a blog or the post’s appearance matters?|
|Anticipatory Set||Do any of you like to write? We all use Cornell Notes at this school; you also have learning logs, and have to write summaries and reflections of your learning. How many of you would like to do that digitally? Have you ever looked at a website thought “wow, whoever did this really did a good job.” or found that one site that was just horrible? Did you every think you would have your own unique website…Well now you will!|
||Describe what a blog is and show a collection of blogs from the Edublog Class DirectoryDemonstrate:
||The students will work with a shoulder partner coaching each other through the steps of as the teacher guides them through:
||Discuss what is appealing or not in the selected blogsMove about the room to observes studentsThink-Pair-ShareRandom Reporter|
||Students will create a post in response to a prompt on the classroom blog and comment on two student blogs, and respond appropriately to any responses on their post.|
|Closure||This is the first in a series of lessons. Students will use the product of this lesson as a foundation for future class/school assignments.Reflection/Class discussion:
|Resources/Materials||Computer with authorized Internet AccessVocabulary listEdublog Pro subscriptionEdublog Directory – Class BlogsEdublog tutorials: