Today begins week five of my EDTECH537 – Blogging in the Classroom (see EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom). The students this week have a couple of blog entries that they have to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday).
- post a blog entry on their blog in response to a prompt I post later today (due 27 July)
- leave a comment on this blog in response to a prompt I post tomorrow (due 29 July)
- post a blog entry on the course blog based on a prompt that I have posted (due 31 July)
The readings for this week included
- Shoffner, M. (2007). Preservice English teachers and technology: A consideration of weblogs for the English classroom. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 7(4), 245-255.
- Stiler, G. M., & Philleo, T. (2003). Blogging and blogspots: An alternative format for encouraging reflective practice among preservice teachers. Education, 123(4), 789-797.
The final thing I have asked them to do is to continue using Twitter throughout the week, and to use the hashtag #EDTECH537 for all class related tweets. Today at 10:00am EST, I will be posting the prompt that I want students to respond to on their blogs. Tomorrow I will be posting the prompt that I expect students to leave a common on my blog. Finally, I have created an EDTECH537: Blogging in the Classroom class blog, where I have posted a prompt that I want all of the students to join and post their response to that prompt as an entry on that class blog. The main purpose for this week’s activities is to give the students a sense of what it would be like to do blogging with their students where students have their own blogs, where students leave comments on a teacher’s blog, and where students contribute to a class blog.