Why blog with students?

Students in Room 126 are in the process of creating a web site for their classroom teacher, Mrs. Sullivan. It is very rewarding helping them learn about all that technology has to offer.

In the meantime, I continue to read a variety of classroom blogs and collect information about how other teachers are using them.

Here are some links to classroom blogs I enjoy reading:

Mr. C’s Class Blog

5th Grade Class at Noel Elementary School in Missouri

Room 231

Grade 5 classroom at International School Bangkok in Thailand

This Stairs to Success rubric was created by Mr. McGuire to help grade student blogs.

Blog Grade Steps2

Finally, I love this quote from The Thinking Stick about why blogging is important for students.

“It’s not the blogging we feel is important of course, it’s the power that publishing to a wider audience that in 2010 will surpass 2 Billion Internet connected people. Not only is there engagement power in publishing to this audience but also authentic power as students realize they are writing for someone larger than their teacher. That an assignment is not just an assignment but an idea to be shared with others.”

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