Blogging in the Classroom

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  • Blogger
    • Google's free blog tool
    • Can be basis of a class web page
    • Great choice for teacher blog

  • KidBlog
    • Teacher has full control of content
    • Student blogs are private
    • No complicated logins needed
    • Large upload space
    • Probably best choice for student blog

  • Blogging Integration Ideas
    • Class info, news, downloads, etc. (Your class site)
    • Online discussions from anywhere
    • Students reflect on what is going on in class (learning journal, reflection log)
    • Display student work
    • Have a debate
    • Students share data from experiment
    • Start a “blog story” and let students finish
    • Students as reporters



Other Communication & Collaboration Tools



  • Today's Meet
    • An easy-to-use "chatroom" for use in class that requires no time consuming passwords & logins
    • You create a "room" and a URL to tell your students is automatically created
      • Integration Idea: For class review, students post questions and other students can post answers as well as teacher, class can view in real time but the "conversations" can be saved for at least one week so that students can refer back anywhere they have internet access
      • Integration Idea: Class brainstorming session
      • Integration Idea: Students post links and/or information pertaining to a particular topic

  • Bubbl.us
    • A free online brainstorming/mind mapping tool
    • Easy to use, you can try it before you sign up
    • Nice Help-As-You-Go feature on the right
    • Allows students to create, share, and collaborate

  • Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms and Presentations
    • Students can create and collaborate using this free software from Google
    • Teacher and students need Google account to use & review
    • Teacher can view what is transpiring on their computer and add comments in real time...no more wondering who did the work

  • Wikispaces
    • Not only can you make a website with wiki but it becomes a powerful tool for collaboration too
    • Use a wiki to create: meeting agendas, work on grants and projects together, let your students collaborate and write their own text books

  • PBWorks
    • Another easy to use online collaboration tool

  • VoiceThread
    • Comment and collaborate on many file types ranging from PowerPoints to picture

  • Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) and Lino
    • Similar tools
    • Easy to use, start in seconds
    • Collaborate, brainstorm, or create an informative multimedia "board"
    • Photos and videos can be embedded