As you've seen, blogs are easy to create and maintain and can often be created for free using one of a number of blog services. They also encourage interaction through the use of comments and many services allow users to upload media (images, videos). For these reasons, blogs are great classroom tools. Educators use blogs as student writing spaces, classroom organizers, professional reflection spaces, and for many more purposes.
Take a few minutes to have a look at these education-related blogs. Some of them are intended to be used with students, others are not. Remember that people express themselves in different ways and you may not enjoy everyone's writing style or the content of their blogs. They are merely examples of how educators are blogging.
James Logan Courier - high school student journalism
Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog - 1st grade, Moose Jaw, Canada
Teaching Learners with Mutiple Special Needs - resources
librarian.net - putting the rarin back in librarian...
ScienceFix.com - middle school science
Bud the Teacher - about teaching
Hobo Teacher - comical, about teaching
G-Town Talks - from a school superintendent
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day - for ELL, ESL, & EFL
Check Out Class Blogs! - nice list of classroom blogs
List of blogs related to education in various categories
100 Most Inspiring and Innovative Blogs for Educators
Then, give some thought to how you might use a blog in your classroom. Read this good post for some ideas.
To complete Thing 3 you must:
A. Post a comment on this blog
B. Post a comment to another blog of your choice
C. Look at your blog settings
D. Reflect on Thing 3 on your blog
A. Post a Comment
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you'll find a link to "post a comment." Clicking it will allow you to leave a comment about this entry. Go ahead and do that. Then, remember that you can leave a comment for any of the 23 Things assignment entries. (However, if you have a question that needs an immediate answer, it's better to email us!)
B. Comment Again
Comments are important in the blogosphere. They provide feedback to the blogger, allow the blogger to get to know his/her audience, and connect bloggers who write about similar topics. Now that you're in a commenting mood, go back up to the list of education blogs (edublogs) listed above and post to at least one of them. Or better yet, visit the blogs of other participants in this project (listed on the right) and post a comment on one of them. Depending on the blog service used and settings applied, posting comments may require information like your name or email address, or they may allow anonymous comments. Some might have the comments setting turned off and not allow you to leave any at all.
C. Your Blog Settings
Login to your blog dashboard and have a look at the settings, including how to turn comments on/off (but do not turn your comments off, as we will leave comments on your blog!) Watch the video for a brief overview of blog settings.
D. Reflect - Blog Prompts for Thing 3
How might a blog support the work you do? How might you use a blog with students? How might they respond to a blog assignment? What concerns do you have about educational blogging?