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Over the past few years teaching 7th and 8th graders, I have become increasingly interested in injecting more authentic types of reading and writing into my classroom. In the past two years have used blogs for essay writing, poetry, and memoir, but I stopped short of having my students maintain their own blogs throughout the year. In order to get over this hump, I developed both a more authentic reading and writing curriculum that would allow my students to be fully supported in terms of blogging and working with other social networks (so far Crispynews and Ning). This year, each of my students has their own learnerblogs (student examples) to post to at least once a week about what they consider to be an authentic writing topic (one with a real/intrinsic purpose and a real audience). They will also be creating an authentic reading community through a book review site and a web review site. I have organized all of these pieces of my curriculum on a lesson planning wiki and blog, and I use them daily to show my students exactly what is expected of them. This website is dedicated to describing how I built these resources for my students and how other teachers can add to what I have done in order to make effective classroom blogging a reality for as many students as possible.

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How I created a blogging program in my classroom (All of my resources are works in progress):

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  1. Set up blogs with students through a how-to.
  2. Collect all user names and passwords through a jotform. (Here is mine.)
    • Use a bloglines account to export an OPML file of all of the students' blogs.
    • Use the OPML file and grazr to set up a place for students to explore each others' blogs and foster a writing community. (Here is mine.)
  3. Discuss and explore authentic writing topics.
  4. Create blogging rules with students to maximize buy-in.
  5. Discuss and model great comment writing.
  6. Create a format for honoring great writing on student blogs.
  7. Create a way of authentically assessing authentic writing with students.

Others' Classroom Blogging Resources:

  1. Talkr- Talkr converts blog entries into audio files (podcasts) that can be listened to on the computer or downloaded to an MP3 player (like an IPod). I have used this to help students hear their writing, bring the writing community away from the computer, and compare and contrast verbal vs. written power/persuasion.
  2. Justification and Resistence to classroom blogging.
  3. Blogging advice from the experienced classroom blogger to the not so experienced classroom blogger.
  4. Blogging as a writing tool- This video advice for bloggers is from one of the original boingboing creators. The videos that I find the most interesting are "Blogging as a Writing Tool" and "How to succeed in Blogging." Here is another way of thinking about effective blogging.
  5. A Discussion of Authentic Voices in Blogging. and Another take on Authentically responding to student writing.
  6. Collaborative Writing- This is one of the places that I would eventually like to go with my classroom blogging.
  7. external image 252201223_6ba94815b0_m.jpgDevoting an entire blog to one theme- This is such an interesting idea to me, especially when looking at something as specific as apostrophe use. Check out the Flickr feed on the links within this page (The picture is from this feed and the t-shirt reads, "You're girlfriend kisses Good."). It is fantastic. (Here is a different site dedicated to misused quotation marks.)
  8. Resources for making student blogs better. and Here is another Resource Page.
  9. Reading means editing- This different orientation for reading can be extremely powerful when doing classroom blogging.
  10. The Benefit of Irrelevant Posts.
  11. Examples of elementary school blogging.
  12. Support Blogging- A resource to help convince the technology/blogging doubters in your community. Here is another one of these resource pages.
  13. Research and Instructions for Classroom Blogging.
  14. Another way of setting up blogs in your classroom- A well worded how-to.
  15. Many Classroom Blogging projects that have been tested.