Hear from elementary students who have experienced blogging and then written a "blook" about what they learned. Browse through the ABC pages. Students brainstormed words that came to their mind when they blogged throughout a school year. They also listed idioms they had used on their postings while blogging. Then they wrote short creative stories that were originally created on their own blogs. Go to the ABC Blook on Blogging.
As Dr. Seuss said, "The more your read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
After you finish reading the "ABC Blook on Blogging" we will use Inspiration or other mind mapping software (Gliffy) to map your ideas of what a blog is. As you read think about........
- items that piqued your interest
- things that made you curious to learn more
- questions you created in your head as you read the "blook"
- the "sparks" that made you really think and start to form an opinion
- your personal reactions to the writing by the students
Next, prepare to participate in a "Think, Pair, Share" activity.
You will now take a delightful tour of elementary student blogs. As you browse these blogs, look for a post that exemplifies good writing by the student. Be ready to explain what influenced your choice. Links to class blogs are listed below. The student blogs will be listed on the side (either right or left) of the class blog. Take notes on a word processing program as you view the blogs. Toggle back and forth from the blog to the notes. Your teacher will give you a quick demo of how to do this if you are unsure. You may copy and paste items that are of interest to you. You can use these notes to report on your learning. This is the think part of the "Think, Pair, Share" activity. You will be doing this by yourself. Think of what you would consider one of the most important things you learned. Be prepared to communicate that point to your partner in the next step. Now, start exploring the blogs!
Step 2: Now pair with a partner. Tell each other what you discovered. Engage in a conversation about each of your important points. Spend time discussing the blogs. Then agree on the one point you want to share with the class.
Step 3: Decide which of you will report to the class. Share your one point with the class. If another pair contributes your point, be prepared to give another point that you and your partner have discussed. These "relevant points" will also be shared on the class blog.
Step 4: See the Objectives and Guidelines for Safe and Responsible Blogging.
Step 5: After you have spent some time reading, discussing, and commenting on the class blog each class member will create their own blog!
Blogging in school is a privilege. You are an ambassador for your school, your state, your country and yes, even the world! That means you will be a good representative and a role model for others who consider blogging in their classrooms. It is an exciting process. Listen carefully as we go over the steps we will follow each week:
- All week long, you will be thinking about what you are learning, both in and outside of school
- You will pick a school topic that is relevant and interesting to you. At times, your teachers will suggest topics. Read more about it. Also, re-read to clarify your knowledge. Use books, the internet, newspapers, TV, parents, teachers, friends and other resources to extend your learning.
- Using the class Bloom's Taxonomy quick guide, pose a question about the topic. Write the question down. Discuss the topic with the resources you selected from the previous step. See what they know and think. Ponder all these learning discoveries and decide what you think. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you need more facts? What piqued your interest?
- Post about your learning experience on your blog. Remember to give credit to the people or sources you used as you collected information to build a knowledge base. Begin to put all the pieces together in your head in a way that makes sense to someone who is reading your blog.
- See if you can answer your Bloom's question you formulated earlier.
- End your writing post with a thought-provoking Blooms question that would encourage others to comment.
- Proofread your post. Have a peer edit it. Ask the teacher for help if you need it.
- Publish your post on your blog to the internet!
- Comment on one of your peer's posts. See these comment starters for ways to start your comments. (Comment starters resource 1, comment starters resource 2)
- Wow! You are officially a blogger!