Welcome to Blogging with 21 Classes.

We will explore the many possibilities for using blogs with your classes, and you will have the opportunity to set up a blog portal for your classes at
21classes.com.
Objectives:
  • explain the benefits of using a blog
  • determine ways to use a blog in the classroom
  • become familiar with blog dashboard and portal
  • navigate the 21 Classes website and begin setting up a class blog site

Introduction
What experiences do we already have with blogging?
www.mytb.org/jonick/

Let's start with this short video from www.commoncraft.com/blogs:
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e2f1c033865fba89f624
What are some benefits of blogging for students?

  • Communication across distances.
  • Motivates students.
  • Students are interactive.
  • Communication without pencil and paper.
  • Allows the students to teach the teacher.
  • 24 hours and always available.
  • Down with the JOURNALS!
  • Authentic Audience
  • Formal and Informal writing promotes VOICE
  • Reinforces typing skills
  • Polishes the writing and promotes mechanics.
  • Insert images relevant to the posting.
  • Book chats
  • Exchange ideas
  • Feedback
  • Review
  • Challenge Math problem
  • List resources and/or links


Look at these examples of student blogs:
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7dce86bab6d4d613b667

How do you envision using blogging in your classes? What types of assignments or activites could be implemented through blogging?

Let's take a look at 21Classes.com
http://21classes.com/shop/features

Explore Dashboard and Portal
Create account?

Closing Video:
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=be6ec9b852b0a542e2f3

For downloading the videos you need to install Macromedia Flash:
http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/about/

Additional articles/thoughts on blogging:
1. http://porquoipas.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-teaching-literature-with-blogging.html
2. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli3010.pdf
3. https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/avee/web/blog_benefits.html
4. Top 10 Reasons to Blog with Students http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=fbf78748d4d51529610b