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[iguanasdefuego]
Teachers of TQC:

Pretend you are going to a voluntary tech conference where different teachers in your district will present information about technology they have used in the classroom.

What would you like to know about getting students blogging?
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[User Picture]From: manderleys
2012-06-19 10:41 pm (UTC)

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how/if their blogs would be linked to social media (fb, twitter, etc) and what rules (if any) there would be about that
are people outside of the class allowed/encouraged to comment on their posts
[User Picture]From: pickathelitter
2012-06-19 10:45 pm (UTC)

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I guess the logistics? Is this homework? How is this done in class, does the work need to be done in the computer lab?
Why is blogging better than the traditional way to do whatever you want to do.
How can it be simplified (a lot of the district-run websites/blog tools are totally complicated and not user-friendly)
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-06-19 10:46 pm (UTC)

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If the blog is part of class, how would it be assessed?

How can you work interaction between student bloggers into the project, instead of just having it be students posting a blog that no one reads but the teacher?

When would you have the blogging take place - during class or outside of class?

What kind of legal issues surround students blogging (age limits, privacy laws, etc.)?
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-06-19 11:08 pm (UTC)

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Oh, and if this conference was local to me, I'd totally go.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-19 11:19 pm (UTC)

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if you'd like, you can PM me your email address and I can scan & email any handouts I get.
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-06-19 11:25 pm (UTC)

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I would love that! PMing now.
[User Picture]From: ticktockman
2012-06-19 10:59 pm (UTC)

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And here I thought the main issue with technology in the classroom is trying to get the students to put down their smartphones, stop texting each other, and pay attention to the teacher.

Seriously, I think the biggest issues would be around privacy, and students posting inappropriate content, and who decides what content is inappropriate, and what if Jane posts her sex fantasy about Billy, and then Susan reads it and gets all upset? Or Susan's mom gets upset?

*daha*

[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-19 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Nah, we are moving to bring your own device- my school has either a nook, laptop or desktop for every single student to have internet access at the same time. Yay grants! We are officially going to adopt a cell-phones-in-the-classroom-are-okay policy this year because some teachers were letting kids use their phones to research and such and it went really well.
[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-06-19 11:27 pm (UTC)

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The schoolboard I'm with provices Ipad for all the students, it's defintely gearing towards including technology into the classroom. The whole "teacher talks and writes on the blackboard while students listen and take down notes" definitely isn't how education is coming along.
[User Picture]From: siimpletwist
2012-06-19 11:06 pm (UTC)

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How do you deal with different levels of internet expertise and/or accessibility issues?
How much of a presence should the teacher have in student blogs?
Should the blogs be graded on completion or done with a specific lesson in mind? And along with that, does teacher critique help or hinder the goals of student blogging?
How much monitoring of the blog should be done to make sure students aren't making statements that are unsuitable, especially if many diverse students are using the same blog?

I'd also say that I did use blogging in my classroom (college) and these were the questions I always struggled with.

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[User Picture]From: kaeorin
2012-06-19 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Ooh yeah, the accessibility issue is an important one too.
[User Picture]From: kaeorin
2012-06-19 11:10 pm (UTC)

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The best/easiest sites/platforms for students. While student teaching last semester, I found out that most of my 8th graders had no bloody idea how to even sign up for an account on a website. A lot of them didn't have email addresses. It blew my mind.

Problems that you might run into and how to handle them.

How to evaluate blogs (do you give grades? participation points? what?) and how to encourage community and/or get other students reading/interacting with their classmates' blogs.

[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-06-19 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Here we evaluate blogs under "presentation", "publication" or "finished work"
[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-06-19 11:14 pm (UTC)

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Ways to make it secure so that only I, other students and their parents can read it.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-19 11:23 pm (UTC)

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I know you are just posting this question so I can have an answer ready for my presentation (so thanks!) but I figured I'd share since it's gonna be teachers on this post anyway: kidblog.org takes care of that along with the teacher assigning roles to users (parents can have guest log ins to see but not post, students, teachers and admins have posting abilities, no one can see without a log in and log-ins are teacher-created).
[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-06-19 11:24 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much, I think I'm teaching kids that might be too young to blog but I'll definitely keep it and pass it along to my friends.

[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-19 11:29 pm (UTC)

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Kidblog was actually designed for elementary kids- if they can type, they can blog :) It could be a fun in-class kind of thing, if you were doing stations (and had old enough kids- as much as I love the idea, kindergarten just isn't going to be as effective with this as say, 5th grade).
[User Picture]From: lillyluna
2012-06-19 11:31 pm (UTC)

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I'm in first grade, so maybe after Christmas we can start doing some kind of basic blogging.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2012-06-20 12:43 am (UTC)

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There's lots of stuff on the internet about blogging in elementary if you need a jumping off point. I hope your class has fun with it!
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2012-06-19 11:55 pm (UTC)

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I'd want to know about tools I could use where the student and I could both log in and I could control things like the password (so they can't lock me out or change it accidentally) and some of the settings, if those exist. I'd want to know if there was an easy way to manage multiple blogs. I know a lot about using blogs already, but those are some things I never thought of.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-06-20 12:34 am (UTC)

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Woot i published a research paper in that sector lol.

How to actually get them motivated i guess.
Or what tools to use.
Those both seem basic.