Read, Write, Blog:

An Introduction to Classroom Blogging Using Blackboard


Mark Wagner
Educational Technology and Life
mark@edtechlife.com

Slides:

Interactive Demo
  • 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
  • The 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
  • The Two-Way Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

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

Educational Blogs

Better Blogging

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

Concerns
  • Information Literacy
  • Inappropriate Content
  • Inappropriate Sharing
  • Threats and Cyber-bullying
  • Intellectual Property (Check out creativecommons.org for alternative licensing.)
  • 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
  • Blackboard Blogs!

Hands-On with Blackboard Blogs

Additional Resources in Blackboard

Elective Activities
  • RSS
  • Wikis in Blackboard
  • Lesson Planning
  • Other "parking lot" ideas from the morning...

Reflection
  • How might you use a blog or blogs with your class?
  • What is your next step?
  • Evaluation

Blog Search Engines

Related Wikis