As a daily centers activity, blogging can be a tool for covering state standards and curriculum goals. Students are often more enthusiastic about completing the task since they are using a high interest tool such as a blog. For example, having student summarize an article online can cover summarization standards, source validity standards, and online resource standards. Consider the following as a classroom post:

Today we are going to continue working on summarizing details in a written piece. Using this link, go to Wikipedia.com and open the article on blogging. Go down to the section on ‘Blogging Consequences’ and read the first part on defamation. After you read that section, use your comments to answer the following questions:

  • Give one example of a consequence placed on a person for their blogging actions.
  • Should people be allowed to blog anonymously? Why/why not? (use Accountable Talk when sharing opinions.)
  • Adding a link to your WordPress post can help the students quickly get to the teacher-selected resource and get right to task. Adding a link is as easy as typing a word(s) and highlighting it. Next, click on the ‘link’ button just above your posting window. In the window that pops up, just type (or paste) the website address after the http:// starter. In Blogger, the link button is a small picture of a chain link, but the rest is the same.

    One other helpful hint is to have the students learn to open links in new windows. That way, the original page (your blog post) stays open and students don’t loose that page. On a Windows computer, just right-click the link and select ‘Open in New Window’. On a Mac, hold the control key down, click and select ‘Open Link in New Window’.

    Using different text sources can help students learn to evaluate their online resources. Using online public domain texts, such as free downloadable Guttenburg Texts, students can all pull up the same historical document at the same time and read/write about famous works. The fun of online publishing for students can help motivate them to get more of their ideas out of their head and into a place for others to share.

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