Crews Lake Middle School Blog is a blog that seems to be chronicled by each teacher in the school. It was actually a bit hard to navigate through Google Reader, so I went for from the site directly where I found it to be a bit easier. Here’s the home page which lists all of the blogs that exist for their blog. I picked this blog, not because it was good or bad, but because I think it’s important to make sure that all teacher/librarian created sites should be user friendly. With that said there could just be something about this blog that I don’t get and it just doesn’t click for me. Anyway, here a few teacher blogs that I thought were noteworthy. Animation class, Star Wars, Art, Special Olympics – I find it interesting that the majority of teachers that posted blogs were those that taught artistic or creative contents. At least that seemed to be a recurring pattern for me.
Edublogs is a blog that helps educators create user-friendly blogs for themselves, their students and co-workers/adults. Here is an example: Professional Development. The Why Edublog page has a plethora of information regarding the safety and ease with which educators can use this particular site. The Edublog Help and Support page shows educators how to begin creating their own blog with three free choices of blogs and their explanations for what each can do. The Community page is a directory for existing types of blogs based on contents or professions.
Moving at the Speed of Creativity is a blog that has posted tons of pod casts related to technology, and student activities. The home page gives access to those pod casts. Here are some I liked. The Truth is in the Cloud, Sushi Photo Story, The Pawn Shop. The Dymanic Duo page is the website of Kevin Honeycutt and Wesley Fryer. Kevin Honeycutt is an education technology consultant and Wesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant. Their bios and accomplishments can be found on this page as well. The Speaking page allows educators to contact Honeycutt and Fryer for help, to purchase some of their materials, or to book a presentation. The Resources page provides tutorials for Garageband, Linux, and Pod casts.
Online Class Blogs is a blog that posts interviews, news articles, and art/opera reviews and critiques that are related to online university programs. I found this interesting to post because I never thought that anything like this would ever exist. What a great way for prospective students to see if a program through an online university would be a good match for them. Here are some samples I liked: Jessica Duchen, Sandow, In the Muse.
1. How might you incorporate blogs in your classroom?
Some ways I might incorporate blogs in my classroom might be for students to be able to check daily homework, ask me or a classmate questions about assignments, share their thoughts or work with me and their peers, and possibly turn their homework in on the blog.
2. How would you share blogging with teachers or library media specialists in your building/county and encourage them to give blogs a try?
Again, I would most likely show them what other teachers/librarians have already done. I find that if you impress someone and show them what can be done, as well as model something that is new, you get better feedback. Teachers are already so incredibly busy that they need an extra creative push (and sometimes even I do) because to those busy frazzled educators – doing something new like blogging is just one more thing they have to worry about.
3. How might you use professional blogs for professional development?
Again, it seems that questions two and three go together. The Edublog site would be a great way to break the ice for encouraging staff and administrators to create either their own blogs, or a school-wide blog.