This week I have been thinking about how to use blogs in the classroom...
Blogs are a foreign territory for me. I've heard about them, read some occasionally, but nothing more. As I have been reading, "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms" by Will Richardson, I've realized there are tons of things I could be doing!
For my 6th grade science class, I am thinking that a blog would be a great place to have discussions about what we have been doing in class! Also, there are many times my students want to know more, but unfortunately with strict pacing guides in place, we are forced to move on.
I would use a blog to have students respond to questions and expand on concepts they wish we could have covered. Not only would this serve as a fun way to think critically about science, it would also give students a chance to be independent learners and thinkers.
While I do not see the use of blogs as a homework activity, as some of my students do not have access to the Internet, it would be a great way to get students to talk and write about science in class. For my Master’s program, I watched a video this week of a teacher using blogs in the classroom. It was amazing to see groups discussing their answers before writing their blog responses!
Then, today in my science class, I experienced a situation that blogs would be great for! We were talking about the layers of the Earth and a student asked, which is hotter: the sun or the core of the Earth. That question would make a great blog post! A blog would allow my students to post about what they are curious about, giving students the chance to be independent and curious learners!
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.