What is a Blog (weB LOG)?


A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger."
Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominently.
Source: http://www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html#B

While some blogging software permits readers to post their own comments, this feature has to be turned on by the blogger, and a significant number of prominent bloggers have not enabled the comment feature. At the other extreme, the Slashdot weblog, featuring news about technology and tech policy, is essentially written by its audience.
What the best individual blogs tend to have in common is voice -- they are clearly written by human beings with genuine human passion.
Source: http://www.blogscanada.ca/BlogDefinition.html

A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Source: _http://www.blogger.com

Why Let Our Students Blog?


How to Use a Blog

Sharing Our Passions Practice in posting and commenting on a class blog.

Examples of Blogs in Education

2nd Grade Blog
Mrs. C's Class Blog A blog from a 5th grade classroom.
Kathy Cassidy's Classroom Blog Grade One classroom shares their learning through their blog.
Super Students Blog Students take turns reporting the daily happenings in their classroom.
Poetry Blog Teacher Bob Sprankle turns his kids onto blogs by publishing their poems as they finish them.
Parent Child Book Club Blog Parents and students will post responses to weekly questions and research requirements as an online discussion of the book "Touching Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikaelsen.
Primary Classroom Weblog Another example of students reporting daily news.
7th Grade Math A math teacher posts assignments for students to respond to.
Uses of Blogs in the Classroom Ideas for ways to use blogs in education.
Developing Expert Voices Project End of the year assignment and student work posted on blog.
Class Blog Pre-Cal 20S Students scribe notes from the day and post them to the class blog.
Town Legends Blogs provide an audience for student writing.
Traders in Time A project that partners with the author of the book, Traders in Time.
Global Issues and US History A highschool teacher posts assignments on blog for students to respond to.
The Write Weblog 5th graders chronicle their learning about writing
Meriwether Lewis Elementary School An example of a school using a blog for their school website.
Traits Talk A blog kept by a group of teachers sharing their experiences with 6 Traits Writing.
The Principal’s Blog at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School averages dozens of comments about each posted entry, and the vast majority come from the middle school’s own student body.
China 2S A former 6th grade teacher blogs her way from Beijing to Xi’an to Shanghai.
Blogs for Kids Librarian blogs, teacher blogs, author blogs, student blogs...

Education Blogs

List of Education Blogs

Other Resources

Cover It Live
A global brain blog What's the blogging point?
Indexed Jessica Hagy's blog that uses diagrams instead of words.
Teacher Tips 50 Useful Blooging Tools for Teachers
Down To Business: Dare To Think Differently About U.S. Education an article from InformationWeek Online



Creating Your Own Blog

How to Set Up a Personal Blog in Blogger
Blogger Easy to use online blogging program.
Edublogs Free education blogs
The Edublogger Tips, Tricks and Help for Edublog users.