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The Influence of Classroom Blogging on Elementary Student Writing

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This is a great article that shows how blogging can influence student writing.

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Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog — Six & Seven Year Olds Inviting the World into Their Classroom

Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog — Six & Seven Year Olds Inviting the World into Their Classroom | Shadowing Project | Scoop.it
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This is how you can get to Ms. Cassidy's blog!

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This is what Mr. C's classroom blog looks like. It is easy for students to understand and is age appropriate to his classroom. 

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Blogging in the Elementary School Classroom - Integrating ...

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I found a link to this great YouTube video on "Blogging in the Elementary Classroom" while reading Lesley's blog, Teaching in Heels, and just had to share it. I appreciate that Lesley posted this video.
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I think this is a great article and really gives insight to the benefits of a classroom blog!

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Summary of the Classroom Blogs

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          In both Mr. C’s and Ms. Cassidy’s classroom blog they both used technology  in the Social Studies subject to use collaboration and communication. The blogs were well organized and addressed all necessary standards. Both of the classrooms are located in an Elementary school. Ms. Cassidy’s Elementary school is located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. C’s class is located at Noel Elementary School in Missouri. Both classroom blogs include videos, pictures, postings, the current days and weeks activities as well as links to the students blogs. I think that all of these aspects of the blog make it interesting and easy to follow. It is important for students in their classrooms as well as other classrooms to have access to technology. Blogs allow technology to be proper utilized in the classroom. It allows for parent teacher communication, student to student collaboration, and student to teacher  communication and collaboration. The blog ensure that all students have an equal access and opportunity to master the skills and knowledge needed for success, which is found in the Georgia Performance Standards.

          In Mr. C’s Blog he updates it regularly. He gives the different activities the students did that day, the current projects they are working on as well as links to other resources. All of these aspects help contribute to make his class blog  meet all standards. He utilizes technology by posting videos of other people explaining the subject in ways different than he did in class. The most recent project the class is working on is a project about Canada. The project was to research Canada. They were learning about Canada in the classroom. Mr. C was teaching about the geography, people, animals, weather, etc. of Canada. The students then came up with different questions on what they were not sure about. The questions included things like: Do people get lost in the Canadian wilderness? Are there a lot of moose in Canada? Are there a lot of bear attacks in Canada? All of these questions were then answered by another blogger that was actually from Canada. The classroom utilized technology with this activity. According the blog and student responses the activity was liked overall. The students were engaged and enjoyed using the technology. 

            In Ms. Cassidy’s Blog she gives updates everyday, pictures of her students and how they are using technology. One way in which her students use technology is through individual tablets. She gave a small group of her students tablets and had them use it for an activity.  They are able to take pictures of themselves to post on their own blogs. They can record themselves reading stories and then replay it to get another reading of the book. For example one little girl, via Skype, met a university student who wanted to be part of the learning in Ms. Cassidy’s classroom. The little girl and many of the students read to the university student via Skype. I thought this was so interesting and utilized technology in the classroom. I personally believe skype is a great tool and I am happy to know that she is using it in the classroom. Clearly she is meeting performance standards for collaboration and communication.

            If I were to revise these blogs I would not have to do much. The blogs are very inviting to students and parents. I think that they appeal to the correct audience. Mr. C’s blog is more mature than Ms. Cassidy’s blog because his classroom has to reach an older audience than hers. Ms. Cassidy’s blog reaches out to Kindergarteners while Mr. C teaches 5th grade. I think that both of these blogs are great and do not need many corrections.   

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Here is Mr.s Cassidy's Classroom blog. It is very welcoming and easy for her students to follow. 

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