Differentiating Instruction With Blogs And The Read/Write Web

Mark Wagner
Computer Using Educators

Welcome Activity

Interactive Demo (Access Permitting)

  • What is a blog?
  • What is the read/write web?
  • What do these technologies mean for you and your students?

The Read-Only Web

  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • One-Way Web
  • Web 1.0

The Read/Write Web

  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Two-Way Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!


  • Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
  • Easily created
  • Easily updated
  • If you can email, you can blog.
  • Blogs allow visitors to comment.

Educational Blogs


  • Podcasts are blogs with audio or video.
  • Podcasts are like Internet radio shows or TV shows.
  • Podcasts are consumed on demand.

Educational Podcasts

  • Lectures & lessons
  • Just-in-time learning
  • School News
  • Classroom News
  • Final Projects
  • Presentations
  • Performances
  • Foreign Languages
  • Music

Example Podcasts in Education


  • Websites anyone can edit.
  • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
  • Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
  • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.


  • Online encyclopedia
  • Collaboratively authored and edited
  • Over 1 millions users worldwide
  • Over 1 million articles in English
  • Great resource, but..
  • Use with caution
  • Visit, explore, and add to Wikipedia

Educational Wikis

  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
  • Writing Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Sharing Resources
  • Grade Level Teams
  • Subject Area Teams
  • Professional Development

Example Wikis in Education

More On Educational Wikis

Small Group Discussion


  • Engagement and Motivation
  • Context
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection and Metacognition


  • Information Literacy
  • Inappropriate Content
  • Inappropriate Sharing
  • Threats and Cyber-bullying
  • Intellectual Property
  • Fraud and Identity Theft
  • Stalkers and Predators
  • Free Speech Concerns
  • Lack of Understanding

Proactive Strategies

  • Citizen Journalism and Citizen Police Work
  • Legal Protections
  • Safety Tips for Students
  • Safety Tips for Parents
  • Communication and Empathy

Creative Commons

Reflection Activity

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