The term Web 2.0 has generated much discussion in the K-12 education environment. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to blogs (Web logs) and will brainstorm ways the application can be used in and out of the classroom.

For a general overview of Web 2.0, see Kathy Schrock's Shedding Light on Web 2.0.
For a well-organized and categorized list of Web 2.0 tools, visit cooltoolsforschools.

Other resources:
Teaching & Learning with the Read/Write Web Wesley A. Frye discusses the impact of read/write tools on learning and teaching.
Search Cable in the Classroom for Tech Tools for Learning by Will Richardson. Richardson presents Web 2.0 tools and shares tips for their use in the classroom.
Blogs Are Not the Enemy Jeff Utecht asserts that blogs enhance learning through powerful conversation threads. Along with that assertion, he includes tips from Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, on effective commenting practices.

What Is a Blog?

Wikipedia defines a blog as a website where entries are made and displayed in a reverse chronlogical order. For a more thorough understanding, see the uses, types, and history of blogging at Wikipedia. For a quick overview, you might like to read 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs.

Lee LeFever and Common Craft provide an overview of blogs with the video: Blogs in Plain English.

Lee LeFever presents his ideas on the difference between blogs and message boards. What are the Differences Between Message Boards and Weblogs?

How Can Blogs Be Used in the Education Environment?

Teaching with Blogsa strategy guide for using blogs in the classroom
Blog as an Educational Tool offers suggestions for blog use, articles on blogging, and a sample blog rubric.

Anne Davis of Georgia State University offers advice and tips for instructional use of blogs at Blog2Learn. Check out more of Anne's thoughts and ideas at Edublog Insights.

At Weblogg-ed: Why Weblogs?,Will Richardson keeps a running list of why and how blogs may be used in the classroom.

According to Miguel Guhlin, his article Blogs: Webs of Connected Learning "shares how blogs enable both adult learners and students to create their own Personal Learning Networks, sometimes with unintended consequences – both positive and negative. It also examines possible solutions to address unintended consequences among student blog use."

Educational Blogging discusses the use of blogs by both teachers and students.

Web 2.0 Tools:Use in Educational Settings presents lists of ways teachers and students may use blogs.

To Blog or Not to Blog You Decide Wesley A. Frye presents pros and cons of blogging.

Scaffolding for Struggling Students Sara Kajder and Glen Bull discuss instructional activities to assist struggling students with reading and writing.

Center for Technology and Teacher Education: English/Language Arts Blog Ideas This site offers materials and links for teachers considering blogs in the English/language arts classroom.

Guidelines for Classroom Blogs

Kristin Hokanson's Library of links to Guidelines for Classroom Blogs

Examples of Blog Use in Education for Educators
Room 3's Blog
Mrs. Berg's Class CSI-Curious Student Investigators
Listing of Teacher Blogs: Shelby County
Mrs. Cassidy's Blog (first grade)
The Secret Life of Bees
Room 613 Student Blogs
Mighty Writers 2008-09
Mrs. Milnickel
Teddy Bears Go Blogging
Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
2 ¢ Worth: David Warlick
Tech Savvy Educator
Weblogg-ed: Will Richarson
A New Adventure
The Thinking Stick-Horizon K-12
The Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Free Technology for Teachers

Advice for Student Bloggers

YouTube video clip posted on April 30, 2007, under Online Dangers at Blogboard See Archives, April 2007.

WebQuest on Blogging

Blogging:It's Elementary (used to introduce elementary students to blogging)

Blogging Applications

Class Blogmeister
ePALS SchoolBlog
November Learning Communities

Edublog Help

Using Edublog:A Screencast
Help Guides for Edublog
Video Tutorial on Edublogs

Administrator Blogging

G-Town Talks
Mr. P’s Blog
Practical Theory: A View From the Classroom
Mr. Sherman’s Blog


How To: Ready for Your Close Up? Jeffrey Branzburg talks about how to create a vlog and shares examples of vlogs in education.

Locating Blogs

Although many blogs may be located with a general search engine, such as Google, a blog search engine may be helpful.||
Community|Edublogs-teacher & student blogs
Google Blog Search
IceRocket Blog Search
Blog Flux Blog Directory


Wikipedia defines RSS as a way "for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually." For a quick overview of RSS, view the video, RSS in Plain English. Quentin D'Souza shares ideas for educators' use of RSS in RSS Ideas for Educators.

Internet Safety

Playing It Safe-a WebQuest on Internet Safety developed for grade 6
'Safe' social networking sites emerge -Laura Ascione, Assistant Editor, eSchool News, review new social networking sites
iSafe-"non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible"
Adventures of Cyberbee-offers links to Internet safety resources

Copyright & Fair Use

Copyright ConfusionTopics include teaching fair use, codes of best practice, videos related to copyright, and more
A Visit to Copyright Bay
Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Educationa code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use
At the conclusion of the workshop, please contribute your thoughts on the educational use of wikis at Teacher Talk.