Blogs for Learning

This blog reflects my growth and learning about blogs.

Home Sweet Home November 29, 2007

Filed under: homeless blogs — mom4 @ 3:16 am

The third type of blog that was created is a student reflection blog.

Using the support document, Blogs for Learning … for Students individual students can create their own blog to organize their information and reflect on their inquiry.

A teacher would most likely not utilize all three formats of blogs for during one teaching unit.  However, the blog samples illustrate that based on the teacher’s criteria, blogs can be technology tools for learning.

Home Sweet Home can be accessed @ http://homeforthinking.blogspot.com

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Home Page

Filed under: homeless blogs — mom4 @ 3:07 am

The second type of blog I created was a collaborative blog for students to interact and communicate about their inquiry. This one is intended to be for members only, the students in the class.

Home Page  @ http://homepagenotes.blogspot.com/ is a blog in which students can reflect on their learning and collaborate to learn from each other. Students comment on posts, links, research and inquiry as we deepen our understanding about homelessness and poverty.

 

Home Away from Home

Filed under: homeless blogs — mom4 @ 2:56 am

I created three blogs as models that illustrate the different purposes and functions of a blog. This blog, Home Away from Home is a classroom blog where the teacher can post videos, resource links, review of the class topics, assignments and additional information for students.

Home Away from Home can be viewed @ http://teachingisrocketscience.blogspot.com/

 

Signposts along the way…

Filed under: reflective journal — mom4 @ 2:25 am

My blog for reflection … this blog will be a reflective journal of my learning. I’ve never made a blog, so this is my first one. I’m enrolled in an e-learning class, Information Technologies for Learning at the University of Alberta. For this class, my inquriy project will be Blogs for Learning.

This reflective journal is a wordpress blog @ http://mom4.wordpress.com/

 

Blogs for Learning … for Students

Filed under: student support document — mom4 @ 2:22 am

Blogs for Learning… for Students

Attached is the pdf file for the student support document, Blogs for Learning… for Students.

 

Blogs for Learning … for Teachers

Filed under: teacher support document — mom4 @ 2:21 am

   Blogs for Learning… for Teachers

 Attached is the pdf teacher support document, Blogs for Learning… for Teachers.

 

inquiry questions November 18, 2007

Filed under: inquiry questions — mom4 @ 11:36 pm

These are the questions of inquiry that were identified in my planning proposal:

Inquiry questions for learning: 

  • What are blogs?
  • How can teachers use a blog as an instructional tool?
  • Can student learning be enhanced through the use of student blogs for communication, analysis and reflective learning?     
  • How do teachers create a classroom blog?
  • How do students create a blog for sharing and communicating their learning? 
  • How can student learning be assessed?

The above inquiry questions are answered in the Blogs for Learning… for Teachers support document. Three sample blogs are provided to provide representations of “how” it could look if blogs were used as an instructional tool.

Using the blog as a tool for communication, analysis and reflective learning is not just possible, it is a reality. The potential for extending the walls of the classroom and the sharing & refining of ideas and points of view are tremendous. Having students set up personal reflection blogs might be the hook you need to encourage all kids to write and reflect.

The two support documents are just what they say… support for beginning bloggers. From the comfort of home, or at school, teachers and students can access blogger.com to start creating their blog for learning.

The assessment component provided a challenge. In the readings I have done, and also in the print resources, there were not very many samples of assessment to provide evidence of student learning in this area. In the blogroll (assessment), some of the links focus on the skills needed for blog creation.

In the end, I included an assessment I found online, and for the rest, I created my own assessments. I tried to balance the content & skills of blogging with the inquiry project and content understanding and synthesis that students would engage in. The student document includes reflection tools regarding the process and product.