Goal Directed Instructional Design Plan - Contributing to a Blog
This PDF was created as part of the MAET program through Michigan State University. My fourth grade students are learning to compose and publish their work in an online format using collaborative work to communicate using a Blog.
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Steve Veldman (Teacher (K-12))
I really enjoyed this lesson introducing students to blogging. As the author said, blogging is everywhere in our world, and students need to understand their inner workings.
I felt that the most effective part of the lesson is its ability to reach a diverse range of learners. Regardless of the student's level, they can contribute something to a blog. The lower performing students will create posts that demonstrate understanding and meet the requirements, while a higher performing student will have the flexibility to go above and beyond.
Another positive feature of this lesson is its interactivity. Students will read each others postings and reply to them with comments and questions. Not only will it expose the students to alternate points of view, but the knowledge that your post will be read by your classmates creates another level of accountability.
The fact that the students' postings will be available online to view at home, or share with far-away relatives, creates a sense of pride in their work that I'm sure would lead to quality performance.
Overall, I found this to be a great book report blog sharing activity. I feel that it would greatly engage the students, allow the chance for all students to be successful, and foster a culture of sharing quality writing.
Linnea Czerney (Teacher (K-12))
I have used this resource with my 4th graders in Reading. The students were asked to write a scary story to post on the blog and share with classmates, friends, and family. These blog stories will be highlighted and linked to Voicethread to be shared at our Reading Night. The students truly enjoyed creating and publishing their work. They show great excitement when posting to the blog and strive to show their best work.