Rob Jacklin

What is a Blog?
Blogs can be used for lots of different things. We'll explore the use of blogs for Professional development, for student literacy development, and educational leadership. Blogs are characterized by ease of publication and a web feed that permits subscription, so people can PULL information instead of having it PUSHED to them. Wesley Fryer--"Teach Digital Wiki" (

  1. Blogging is about reading and writing.
  2. Literacy is about reading and writing.
  3. Blogging is about literacy. (dfw) Dave Warlick--2Cents Worth

Why Blog:
Essential Questions:
  • How do we engage learners?
  • How do we motivate learners?
  • What is the most powerful form of writing?
Show Wes Fryer Video "Perspectives on blogging"

Discussion "What did you hear from the video as reasons for blogging?"
  1. Authentic Audience--Interaction (not just with the teacher)
  2. hyperlinked writing
  3. hyperlinked thinking
  4. Record of work--Motivation for writing?
  5. International community of learning
  6. Embeddnig Media
  7. Peer critiquing
  8. Expands the classroom--"The Walls are Gone!"
  9. Motivation--"Publishable" WITH NO HTML KNOWLEDGE NEEDED!

Literacy learning--How often do you hear students begging to write???

Safety: Two impotant words--Control and Moderation (To moderate)

Examples of School Blogs: CE Primary School is a small school in rural Shropshire, UK

Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog
Grade 1 and 2, Kathy Cassidy - teacher
Mighty Writers 2006-07
Grade 3, Mark Ahlness - teacher
Grade 5, Gordon Brune - teacher
Middle School
English Corner
Grade 6 Language Arts, Julia Osteen - teacher
Excellence and Imagination
Grade 7 & 8, Clarence Fisher - teacher
Cool Cat Teacher's Student Blog
Middle & High, Vicki Davis - Teacher

Types of services to use for blogs: "Walled Garden Variety" Blogging Options for Teachers--

Support Blogging-"Blogging Options for Teachers"



Safety and Appropriateness

L.A.R.K.--Pamela Livingston
Code of Conduct --Dave Warlick