Making Connections with Blogging: Authentic Learning for Today's Classrooms

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Some students find writing to be a chore. Others write to get an assignment done but don't put in any extra effort. There's nothing like blogging to change those attitudes! Students will experience a whole new level of engagement when they are writing for an audience, writing about topics they are interested in, and responding to their classmates' posts. Bring blogging into your classroom, and your students will not only be excited about their work, they will also develop their writing, reading comprehension, ...

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Overview

Some students find writing to be a chore. Others write to get an assignment done but don't put in any extra effort. There's nothing like blogging to change those attitudes! Students will experience a whole new level of engagement when they are writing for an audience, writing about topics they are interested in, and responding to their classmates' posts. Bring blogging into your classroom, and your students will not only be excited about their work, they will also develop their writing, reading comprehension, critical thinking, digital citizenship, and communication skills.

Parisi and Crosby show you how you can use blogging with any student as a part of any curriculum-not as an add-on, but as an integrated part of your lessons. Learn step by step how to blog, get ideas for your curriculum area, and understand how to manage blogging in the classroom. Get your students blogging, and change how learning happens.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy and leadership for innovation. ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and ISTE's annual conference (formerly known as the National Educational Computing Conference, or NECC), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.

Some of the areas in which we publish are:
• Web. 2.0 in the classroom-RSS, podcasts, and more
• National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
• Professional development for educators and administrators
• Integrating technology into the classroom and curriculum
• Safe practices for the Internet and technology
• Educational technology for parents

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564843128
  • Publisher: International Society For Technology In Education (ISTE)
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 639,343
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What Is Blogging? 4

Who Should Blog? 4

What Makes Blogging Great? 5

Chapter 1 How Blogging Relates to Standards 9

Basic Skills 10

Engaging Others 10

Respecting Diversity 11

Effective Communication 12

Chapter 2 Changes in Pedagogy 15

Blogging and Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies 16

Blogging's Educational Impact 18

Pedagogical Changes 20

Chapter 3 Before You Start: Internet Safety and Etiquette 23

Internet Etiquette: What's Expected? 25

Internet Safety 28

Teaching Cyber Safety and Internet Etiquette 29

Chapter 4 So Many Choices 33

Which Blogging Platform Will You Use? 34

Your Class Blog: Public or Private? 36

To Moderate or Not to Moderate? 37

Who Will Control the Look of the Blog? 39

How Will Students Choose Passwords and Blog Names? 41

Give Up Control Gradually 41

Chapter 5 How Do You Blog? Step by Step 43

Before You Post 44

Writing and Publishing a Blog Post 45

Making a Comment on a Blog Post 53

Moderating Comments 58

Embed Codes (HTML) 62

Page Management 66

Chapter 6 Managing Blogging in the Classroom 71

Finding Time to Blog 72

Finding Time to Moderate 74

Chapter 7 On to Classroom Blogging 77

Getting Started 78

Content Area Blogging 81

Connect with Other Bloggers 89

Chapter 8 Commenting and Connecting 91

Developing Communication Skills 92

How to Find Other Bloggers 95

Chapter 9 Assessment 99

Writing Quality or Content Knowledge? 101

Appendix A Sample Consent Forms 105

Form A-1 Technology Agreement (Sample AUP) 106

Form A-2 Consent to Photograph Student 108

Form A-3 Consent to Post Student Work 109

Appendix B Respect and Acceptance Reading Resources 111

Picture Books-Stories 112

Fiction Chapter Books 112

Nonfiction Chapter Books 113

Appendix C National Educational Technology Standards 115

NETS for Students (NETS-S) 116

NETS for Teachers (NETS-T) 118

Index 121

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Excellent step-by-step guide to get kids authentically writing!

    This book has changed my approach to teaching writing. The format is easy to follow for busy educators interested in providing authentic writing opportunities in all subject areas. It includes everything you need to lay out a system, provide safety, and increase students' desire to revise and improve writing... all done in a fun and engaging way. In the light of Common Core standards and the need to increase writing opportunities and purposes, this is the book to use. Excellent and craft changing.

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