What is a blog?
How many blogs are around the world?
Blogosphere
Blog vs. journal
Blogs for educators
Math
English
Science
Blog writing tools
Mr. Kemp's video tutorial and blog
References



What is a blog?


Blog or WebLog is a web page containing brief, chronologically arranged items of information. A blog can take the form of a diary, journal, what's new page, or links to other web sites.
(Weblogs in the Classroom)



How many blogs are around the world?


On July 31, 2006, Technorati tracked its 50 millionth blog. The blogosphere is doubling about once every 6 and a half months.
About 175,000 new weblogs are created each day. There are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.
(http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/003674.php)



Blogosphere


The term blogosphere was coined on Sept. 10, 1999 by Brad L. Graham as a joke. In 2002, it was recoined by William Quick and was adopted and promulgated by the weblog community. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere)

Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network.
Many weblogs are densely interconnected; bloggers read others' blogs, link to them, reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others' blogs.

Sites such as Technorati, Bloglines, Blogdex, Blogrunner, Blog Street, http://www.blogger.com/%7CBlogger, BlogsNow, and PubSub use the links made by bloggers to track the interconnections between bloggers.
(http://westwood.wikispaces.com/blogosphere)

Globe of Blogs is a website dedicated to keeping track of the many different blogs available.__


Blog vs. journal


Blogs are different from traditional journals in several ways:
1. Blogs are public. Others are invited to look at the blogger's thoughts and opinions on a regular basis.
2. Blogs are hyperactive. This means that blogs can link to other Web sites.
3. Blogs are interactive. As the lesson plan is being developed readers are also allowed to make comments. The teacher/blogger may post a decision to introduce material using a small group activity.
(Michael Stach, "Introduction to Blogs and Blogging." TechLearning)



Blogs for Educators


K12Station Educational Link of the Day covers the following topics: History, Math, English Language Arts, Visual & Performing Arts, Science & Technology, Health & Physical Education, and Foreign Language.
1st grade classroom shares what they do, including video and pictures.
3rd grade class with a blog and some podcasts of stories and more.
5th grade classroom shares creative writing and field trip tales.
Another 5th grade classroom blogs on October Sky.
6th grade language arts class publishes their writings online.
6th grade class that plays with all the tech toys
9th grade computer class answers questions of the week.
HS Western Civilization class shares reflections on classroom content and activities.
Summer biotechnology program in Canada shares what it is learning.
Learn Me Good offers a humorous look at the life of a third-grade math teacher, complete with observations, anecdotes, and the occasional rant.
NoPlaceLike.Home is a homeschooling blog with a focus on older children, science, math, travel, and environmental issues.
Learning & Fun Online for Kids -- kids education, technology, reading and math skills are dissected, mused upon, and discussed.
Activity Coloring Pages -- daily Coloring Pages, Dot-to-Dot Pages, Find-A-Words, and other Printable Activities for Kids.
Special Education -- this is a special education resource blog.
Wells on Education -- building Success Stories for Gifted Kids This blog offers advice and programs centered around gifted education.
joannejacobs.com gives a general overview of educational issues. Clicking on the Comments tag at the end of each article will allow you to read the comments of others as well as giving the opportunity to post a comment of your own.
Number 2 Pencil is interested in issues related to testing.
Blogs and Education, part of Jim Flower's Radio Weblog, has a section devoted to education.
Suzanne Pitz's EduBlog, offered from Georgia State University, emphasizes instructional technology and the classroom.


Math


Homeschool Math Blog offers math teaching tips, ideas, articles, etc., plus news and updates.
Mathematics Weblog
Mathpuzzle.com
Math class blog contains student entries and explanations of math problems.



English


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A Modern American Literature class at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in the US has constructed a reader’s guide to the Secret Life of Bees.
Weblogs in Education: Bringing the World to the Liberal Arts Classroom
Explains how teachers and students in English classrooms are using Weblogs to effectively break down the walls of the classroom, integrating teaching and learning with local and virtual communities.
Mrs. C's Senior English Blog
Seniors in high school English weigh in on class discussions regarding British Literature. Also, teachers visit to comment on using technology in education and the language arts classroom.
English Literature 12
Senior English Reflections
HS senior English shares assigned writings via the blog.


Science


The Simple Machine Blog
Grade 4, The Academy at King Edward and Grade 10, Jasper Place High School, 2004-05.
Join a group of Grade 4 students as they explore the world of Simple Machines. They are studying simple machines as part of their science curriculum and have drawn (on the computer) their favourite machines. The tens communicate with the fours using this blog to discuss how the drawings will be animated. The animations are displayed beside the drawings along with the blog comments.



Student Health

The Diary Project
Started in 1998, this global multimedia resource that encourages teenagers to write about their day-to-day experiences of growing up. The site is monitored by a team that includes adults and teens who read all the material that is sent to the website. It should be noted that material on this site is only appropriate for adolescents older than 13.


Drama

Drama Education: A Global Perspective
This website developed from Kim Flintoff’s Drama Education Weekly Blog and is designed to promote thinking and discussion about the uses of Drama in a school curriculum.




Blog Writing Tools

Blogger
Blogger is owned by Google. It is a tool available for free for the public and is not specifically designed or adapted for educational use. Blogger places small, text-based advertisements on your blog. Blogger cannot be a fully “gated” blog.
The user side is easy. The start-up of a blog using Blogger is simple, and the ability to choose your own URL is a help for forgetful students.

Class Blogmeister
The Landmark Project provides this free space for teachers as part of their mission to “redefine literacy for the 21st Century.” The project is U.S.-based and run by David Warlick. To set up an account, the first person from your school must obtain a passcode. Use the Email David link at the top of the page to request the code, then share it with fellow teachers.View a sample blog using this tool from a teacher in Arizona and read his comments in the full features chart.

Edublogs

Edublogs uses the same basic software as Blogs2Teach (WordPress), so many setting options are very similar. View a sample blogusing this tool. Edublog also host Learnerblogs for students- see a sample of a learnerblog.

Think.com

Think.com is a free, “safe” tool provided by Oracle. The Oracle Education Foundation, a non-profit organization, hosts this free service without any advertising for accredited primary and secondary schools.



Mr. Kemp's video tutorial


Visit Mr. Kemp's blog at www.seniorplan.blogspot.com
Watch a video tutorial to learn how to open new blog on www.blogger.com





References

Weblogs in the Classroom

Blogging and RSS — The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators
Will Richardson, Information Today 2004.

Blogs in Education__

Google’s Blogger Guide

Globe of Blogs

Blogs as electronic learning journals, Laurie Armstrong, Dr Marsha Berry and Reece Lamshed, School of Art, Design and Communication RMIT University.

Content Delivery in the 'Blogosphere'
Dr Richard E. Ferdig and Kaye D. Trammell, University of Florida, T.H.E Journal Online, 2004.

Educational Blogging
Stephen Downes, Educause Review, 2004.

Instructional Blogging: Promoting Interactivity, Student-Centered Learning, and Peer Input
Stuart Glogoff, Innovate, 2005.

Weblogs in the Classroom

Michael K. Bergman, Comprehensive Guide to a Professional Blog Site: A WordPress Example. September 2005.

Michael Stach, Introduction to Blogs and Blogging. April 1, 2004.

David Warlick, Blog Rules

Bud Hunt, Blogging guide.