The implementing of blogging in the classroom can be rather beneficial for all age levels of students. Papers being sent home with first graders that are very important for the parent to read are often lost. Or an older student can easily get distracted and forget to write down the assignment from the day. Or even the band program can list what pieces they are working on each day so the students can adequately prepare for that day’s rehearsal. This list can go on and on of the benefits of a teacher maintaining a blog relevant to the students’ class. The Langwitches Blog has created a ladder of progression with the addition of the blog in the classroom. Converting the daily events into an electronic display can be a daunting task, but breaking it up into smaller chunks will easy the transition. The first rung of the ladder is the basic posting of homework and events. I feel that even though this is the most fundamental of processes, I feel it will be the most useful over time. The next several steps are displaying students’ work on the webpage. From here the student will feel proud that their work as at the caliber of those others on the site. The next step is to allow students to comment back and forth on the blog. I personally always enjoyed group discussions in class, and this can be the beginning of beneficial conversations. And the final step is to allow the page to be completely public so the students can have complete honesty from the world regarding their work. This processes holds students accountable knowing that not only is there teacher is reading their work, but so are their peers and students. And the early addition of technology in the classroom is as helpful as starting a second language earlier; the student will simply be better and more fluent in this area.
K12Online Gives many versions of a presentation over how to not only implement blogging in the classroom, but integrating it into actual teaching and sustaining it for a long term.
Moving Forward is fantastic. Blog sites are broken down by discipline. Up until now, I have not seen any blogs or technology integration ideas for the music classroom, but this collection has many. I will be using this quite a bit.
My Secure Cyberspace is great for the beginner blogger or one who isn’t sure what exactly blogging is. It gives a break down of what exactly blogging is an how it is being used.