Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Blogging Handout


What is a “blog”?

How can teachers use blogs?

Link to Will Richardson video

Examples of blogs
Science blog
Social studies blog - Middle school
Social studies - High school
Language arts
The Secret Life of Bees
Darren's Pre-Calculus class

Other information about blogging
A great discussion of blogging in the classroom. Bud teaches writing.
Lots of information about blogging: acceptable use policy, parent letter, student blogging handbook
Teacher Magazine's look at what's new and noteworthy in educator blogs.
A workshop (“blogshop”) on blogging by Darren Kuropatwa
Another teacher’s thoughts on blogging. Lots of links to other blogs.
Tutorials on lots of cool things (blogging, putting video on your computer
Article on blogging with links to blogging software and examples of blogs.

Monday, December 26, 2005


Lost in Cyberspace

It's late, and I couldn't remember the URL for my blog. I thought I would google it to find it, and I guess I don't exist. I put in my name and found very little about me and nothing about my blog. The title of my blog didn't show up in a search either! No wonder no one has commented! I have now written the URL in a safe place so at least I can find it!

I want to begin blogging with my students. I think that I will start with my math team. I have heard several of them talking about using AIM and MySpace, so I think there are some very tech-savvy kids in the bunch. I'm not really sure how I want to set up the blog. I like Darren's idea of having a scribe for class each day summarize what was learned. I want to know how he introduced the idea to the students. It seems as if it were really simple to get the students excited about using a blog.

My principal has asked me to talk to the faculty about blogging. I am trying to gather my thoughts as I prepare. I should be posting the links I need on this site. That will be my next step, but for now it is time to go to bed!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Am I ready for the 21st Century?

I spent today with nine other teachers from across the state of Alabama in a meeting of the 21st Century Fellows. I feel so behind the times, but I am eager to catch up! I want to begin a blog for my classroom and encourage my students to write about their mathematical thinking. I was so impressed by Darren's blog and the thinking that his students were writing about. Aimee will be a good resource person and encourager as well. I know I can do this! There are enough hours in the day. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the other fellows better and learning from them.

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