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VIDEO: Blogging is Learning!
VIDEO: How to Write a Quality Comment
VIDEO: Creative Commons Experiment
VIDEO: Howard Rheingold Interviews Mrs. Yollis
VIDEO: EduSlam-The Power of Blogging and Quality Commenting
VIDEO: My Third Graders Present at the Texas Google Summit
Why Have a Class Blog?
What Do Students Write About?
How To Teach Commenting Skills
Sample Blog Posts Organized by Subject
Family Blogging Month!
Student Blogs: Parents Are Administrators
Global Collaboration Projects
Mystery Skype Calls!
Adding Digital Images
Web 2.0 Tools
Adding Sidebar Gadgets
How Do Your Third Graders Know How to Type?
Things to Consider
(Time Management, Student Blogs, Professionalism)
What Do Students Write About?
Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog
is an educational blog.
The posts share information about what we are learning in class.
Contributions for the blog come in many ways: the teacher writes a post, the teacher assigns a post, students ask to write either as an individual or with other classmates.
Students can write about:
Content we are learning in class - After we finish a lesson, my students will often say, "We should blog about this!" Imagine, having students
if they can write about what they are learning! Here is a post written after a
Science lesson on light
Topics that interest them personally - One student has written posts about his
Boys in Action.
A place they have visited - If a student wants to write a travel post, he/she must include educational facts about the place. For example, the writer must include relevant information about population, elevation, or the economy of a place. We are an educational blog, so each post must inform. We have travel posts from
I have written travel posts!
It is important for students to see adults as writers.
I also think it demonstrates that the blog is for everyone...the teacher, the students, and their parents.
Visit the Arctic Circle!,
Visit Joshua Tree National Park!
Visit Death Valley National Park!
Tutorials! When students find a certain topic difficult, as was the case with
, we sometimes create a tutorial. Students can revisit the blog to refresh their memory about the subject.
Sometimes we post movies about what we are learning.
Here Gal shares what she learned in class about shooting still/video images.
Gal's Camera Tips!
our movie about our "visit" to Asia
. We had National Geographic's Traveling Map of Asia for a week. We made a movie! We also had National Geographic's Traveling Map of North America.
Here is our movie
about the experience.
Here are some presentations of our
The content of this blog is always educational. I look for opportunities for my students to write or share about what they are learning.
Although I use many web 2.0 tools and gadgets, I am constantly thinking about what brings educational value to this site for my students rather than what brings flash.
Here is a link to a blog post about
how we get a story written and published on our blog.
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"