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What are some examples of good blogging assignments?

christine Apprentice
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What types of assignments work well with blogging? For example, is anyone having the class keep a running 'journal' via a blog?

  • Re: What are some examples of good blogging assignments?
    CBrown New User
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    I have had students using their blogs for sharing their reading, giving book reviews, and having group "discussions" online.

    Here are some different things I have tried:

    1.  Have students keep a blog, posing as a famous individual in American history.  As students researched a person, they posted topics or events in their lives.  Other people shared comments and asked questions, to which they had to reply, thus requiring more research.  The kids added photos, movies, and sound clips.

    2.  When I was absent, I posted an assignment for the day on my blog.  Students had to post a comment to me when they completed the task, or shared information that I requested.  Being able to monitor this from anywhere allowed me to quickly see who followed directions and who didn't.  Prizes the next day for those who completed the task!

    3.  On my blog, I posted the link to a Content Partner calendar (i.e. ReadWriteThink Calendar Activities, ScienceNetLinks Calendar, EDSITEment! Calendar).  I asked students to find the date they were born (didn't matter the year), indentify an event that took place on that date, and provide the link to the information.  They were very excited about finding out the whats, whys, and whos about their birthday!

    4.  This weekend I am traveling to Austin and will not be in school on Friday.  I am going to create a post that will tell where I am, but I'm looking for some fun stuff to do while I'm in Austin, Texas.  Students will use search skills and find interesting things for me to see or do.   They'll have to tell me what it is, a link for information, and tell me about how far it is from where I am (University of Texas campus.)

     

    I know these aren't the traditional examples that we think of as blogs, but Kidblog.org is such an easy tool, that all of us are having a great time playing and learning with it!

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