Thursday, January 29, 2009

Examples of blogs in US K-12 classrooms

Hand in shackles attempting to catch bees
An instructor at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey came up with an interesting concept for a classroom blog. Don Ginty is a literature teacher who wanted find a unique way for his student to share their thoughts about the book they are reading in class. This particular blog discusses "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts on the book, summarize class discussions, and even include drawings and other artistic interpretations, such as the one shown on the left. In the initial post, Mr. Ginty even petitions the author of the book to come join his online community. The blog can be found here.

Child's drawing of duckMarin Country Day School is an independent K-8 school in Northern California. A duck decided to make a nest in the school's playground, and "Mrs. Daisy Mallard" now has a blog devoted to her. The blog contains writings and artwork from the younger students and even a song about the duck composed by kindergarten children. The younger students must be thrilled about having their artwork online for anyone in the world to see. The example on the right, drawn by a student named Nathan, gives Daisy advice on what she should do when she builds her next nest. "A Duck with a Blog" can be viewed here.

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