Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts, Oh My! - What
Happened to Good Old Smoke Signals?
****What are blogs?****
Great Blog Examples
Want to Get Started Reading Blogs?
Excellent Teacher Blogs
Classroom Blogs (elementary)
Kathy Cassidy - http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1337
Jody Hayes - http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1638
Mark Ahlness Students - http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=5655
Mark Alhness Personal - http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/mahlness/
Sebastian's Blog - http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/blog/frame-set1.html
Classroom Blogs (middle & secondary)
Alabama Teacher Blogs
Drag and Drop Activity about Blogs - http://www.ldu.leeds.ac.uk/dragndrop/bloguse/
Blogs (from Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis)
ARE a place to share your reflections about your passion - Renee Callahan says:
For knowledge creation, blogging fuels that "love of the game."
ARE a Part of a Conversation - If a person only posts on a topic and never comments on another
blog, they have missed half of the experience. Be a part of the conversation about your passion and
Besides, over half of my traffic is driven by comments. Don't be afraid you're giving away
"secrets!" If your comment is that good, copy and post it back on your blog and trackback to the
original article. That is conversation!
The recent PEW study that everyone is quoting says:
The internet and email aid users in maintaining their social networks and provide pathways to
help when people face big decisions
ARE a tool to Extend Class conversation outside the classroom - The power of blogs is in
assigning common topics and contributing to and guiding the conversation that emerges. Participate
in the conversation by commenting on student blogs yourself and posting blog entries that synthesize
and summarize what students say.
ARE the production of rich hypertext documents for sharing and conversing about information.
A blog post without a hyperlink is a dead document. Hyperlinking is an essential skill, and I
believe students should know how to do it manually in HTML. It is that important!
ARE a place to state your opinion and make it count. (See yesterday's post about Those Who Blog
decision makers and influencers are looking to spot trends and opinions at first ripple.
ARE a place to promote yourself and your opinions (See Guy Kawasaki - 120 days wonder: how
to evangelize a blog)
ARE a method to keep their minds sharp (and prevent Alzheimers according to Marshall K)
ARE a potential source of income for students. Dave Warlick blogs on this today. He says:
The moral statement is that, while we continue to do a good job at teaching our students how to
consume content (read), we must also be teaching them how to produce valuable information
products (write, draw, compose, make movies, etc.). It is a viable and accessible revenue
opportunity for all of us.
Tools for Blogging
Just Do It!
As Vicki Davis explains in her blog The Difference Between Blogs and Wikis
"I see wikis and blogs as two complimentary tools in my classroom.
One gives them information (wikis) and one gives them a voice (blogs.)
Asking my classroom to choose between the two would be like me telling you that you had to
choose between fork and a spoon for all of your dining needs. They both have a different purpose
and are good for eating different things, likewise with wikis and blogs.
I think that educators are really hitting on the strength of blogs for writing and engaging students
However, I think wikis are a great untapped resource for compiling information. Wikis are a vital
part of my classroom now and absolutely essential to teaching. (They are also very easy
compliments to classroom discussions and note compiling.)"
Wikipedia - the Grandfather of them all - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
Wikis for Knowledge - Excellent Information
Stewart Mader Using Wiki in Education - http://www.ikiw.org/ ( Love the Carbonmade Portfolio
More CoolCatTeacher - How she got started - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2005/12/wiki-
Why would you Podcast?
How do you find Podcast? http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/index.html
Where in the World? Podcasts - http://www.intelligenic.com/where/
Annette Lamb and Kathy Schrock - http://nausetschools.org/2005/11/nauset-technology-
Start with an Idea - Script, Outline Your Ideas
Creating a PC Podcast
What do I need?
Gcast - http://www.gcast.com/u/mumms/main
Mashups - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/03/what-is-mashup-google-led-socratic.html