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I believe in the integration

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I believe in the integration of technology in the classroom, because we are now living in the 21st century “the digital age”.in order for us to get to our students we must use what interests our students or what is current since they are more concerned about those entities. I believe that technology adds to the learning experience and hence the learning experience, thus creating a more pleasurable learning environment .I like this approach for teaching Literacy and English Language even though I am a teacher in training I can see the benefits of the approach.
When it comes to English writing is an important aspect of acquiring competence. I support your point which states. Student will write and express themselves more on a blog rather than putting pen to paper. My reasons are that ,because the average student spends a lot of time on the computer it has some what become a comfort zone for them, Hence the environment is pleasurable and in their area of interest. I particularly find this approach will be more effective with our boys and male students since they tend to be manipulative learners, so this will definitely appeal to them. Whatever gets our young men participating in class activity we should do to ensure that they are not left behind!
Another good thing about the blog is that the teacher has access to the student’s blog which can be used for assessment or evaluation.eg I taught my class subject verb agreement, but after reading several blogs from my students ,I notice that most of my students made errors in this area. It could serve to inform me that I might need to reteach this topic; in addition to that the blog allows the teacher to give feed back to the students. This is also good for meeting students were they are, and for teachers to capitalize on the teachable moments. In the standard classroom setting there is not much time for individual attention, but a blog can be useful to teachers for interacting and understanding each student weaknesses and strengths, as it relates to English and Literacy.

5th grade teacher

I have not tried blogging but

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I have not tried blogging but I am anxious to see how blogging will impact student learning and well I will be able to implement 21st learning standards into the classroom.

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

Thanks for your comment! I

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Thanks for your comment! I didn't really have too many technical issues in getting the blogs set up. We use Google Apps, so it was just a matter of taking students to the computer lab and walking them through the registration process on blogger.com (they used their school accounts for this). The biggest issue in the beginning was that 2/3 of one class had to miss class for NHS induction practice on the day I reviewed the assignment sheet. However, I screencasted class that day and posted a link to me reviewing the assignment. I got a lot of questions from students who missed class, but it was because they hadn't watched the video or read the assignment sheet on their own time.
The biggest issue was students forgetting to do their posts each week; for some reason, a few of them had a mental block about the blogs and just forgot to post, despite the fact that all of the due dates were in the assignment sheet and on my homework blog. I'm sure this was also due to the fact that sometimes I'd forget to remind them in class or on the white board. My goal is to be better at reminding them next year. Sometimes students wrote their posts and forgot to publish them, so they didn't realize they were late. That was unfortunate, but because I accounted for it in the written instructions, I didn't give too much leeway there. The good thing is that once they did it once, they never did it again!
Other snags could certainly be tech related...all of my students have some way to access the Internet and write their blogs, but I know that is not the case everywhere. I strongly recommend reviewing the assignment and doing the first post or two in class, so access to a computer lab could also be an issue.
Other than that, I didn't have too many problems with the process. Of course not all students loved the assignment, but that'll be the case with anything they're required to do just by the nature of the fact that they have to do it. Giving as much freedom with topic choices seemed to help with this.

I teach at the Writing Lab at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO.

I'm a grad student working on

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I'm a grad student working on an MA in Educational Technology, and this sounds like a wonderful approach to blended learning. It seems almost too good to be true, though. What pitfalls and problems (if any) did you run into getting the blogs up and running? Do you have recommendations of potential snags to anticipate?

11 AP EnlglishTeacher High Tech High School North Bergen NJ

Blogging Sites....

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I heard Weebly was a good blogging site for security reasons. I have not checked to see if it is blocked by my school yet or not but does anyone know anything about it? I have wanted to start this with my students next year and am looking for the best way to go about it and my school does not use Google Apps.
Elektra

Working in Adult Education

Blogs create audiences which

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Blogs create audiences which means that bloggers get a new identity, and a new take on their own experiences.
http://katenonesuch.com/2013/04/09/your-students-should-blog/

Director of Faculty, and teacher of Philosophy

Using blogs with 16-18 year olds

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I have been using blogs with my sixth form students for a few years now. The most significant reason why I think this is valuable is that I can give them instant feedback on their understanding of topics we have just covered. They blog in class and I walk around reading the posts as they write them. Mistakes in their understanding are corrected immediately rather than with essays they write at home. I can't teach without them! Check out a presentation I gave to colleagues about using blogs in teaching:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/60433164/Blogs-in-Teaching

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

[quote]A few of my kids chose

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[quote]A few of my kids chose a informational blog to show off their projects for my Mastery Level Lesson Plans and I shared them with the class via QR Codes - check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/cxx7ag2[/quote]

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas of sharing student work with QR codes! What an awesome idea! I think I will steal it if that's ok with you. Your bulletin board looks great! :)

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

Hi Gary, Thanks for your

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Hi Gary,

Thanks for your comment! I love that you have your students blog math and science topics. I agree that it's largely up to us to find an audience for our students. I don't remember where, but once I heard of parents serving as "virtual volunteers," spending time reading/commenting on student blogs. I thought that was a great idea to help engage parents in the learning process and give students an opportunity to get a real sense of audience. I hope to try it soon!

Loved your post about quality blogs...I may steal some of your ideas if that's ok! :)

[quote]I too have been blogging with my students for math and science tasks and I find it really fun. There is a huge divide on interest and quality and I've started to explore this a bit at:

http://teachingaheadofthecurve.blogspot.com/2013/02/6-tips-for-quality-s... think that teachers are very instrumental in getting readers to student's blogs. My sixth graders feel that the only readers that they get are other sixth graders in other science classes, so communities like Twitter and Edmodo are great for connecting to other teachers with "connectivist" goals. Will share more later![/quote]

High school English teacher at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ

Hi Gary, Thanks for your

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Hi Gary,

Thanks for your comment! I love that you have your students blog math and science topics. I agree that it's largely up to us to find an audience for our students. I don't remember where, but once I heard of parents serving as "virtual volunteers," spending time reading/commenting on student blogs. I thought that was a great idea to help engage parents in the learning process and give students an opportunity to get a real sense of audience. I hope to try it soon!

Loved your post about quality blogs...I may steal some of your ideas if that's ok! :)

[quote]I too have been blogging with my students for math and science tasks and I find it really fun. There is a huge divide on interest and quality and I've started to explore this a bit at:

http://teachingaheadofthecurve.blogspot.com/2013/02/6-tips-for-quality-s... think that teachers are very instrumental in getting readers to student's blogs. My sixth graders feel that the only readers that they get are other sixth graders in other science classes, so communities like Twitter and Edmodo are great for connecting to other teachers with "connectivist" goals. Will share more later![/quote]

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