Creating and Connecting Through Blogging
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You and the rest of my students are beginning an exciting journey in blogging. You each will be thinking about how you learn and then sharing that information in blog posts. You already have thoughts and ideas about your own knowledge and thinking.

On a daily basis, you
  • plan how to complete tasks, which includes figuring out how to do them, what resources you’ll need, and how long it will probably take you.
  • monitor your progress and make adjustments to your plans when needed.
  • know what to do when you run into problems completing a task.
  • assess your completed tasks by looking at how well they meet the assignment requirements.

With this assignment, you will share all you know about your learning. You can discuss any learning experiences you have on any topic. If you want to examine how you learn to play video games, go for it. Maybe you want to look at your favorite sources of knowledge and why you think they are your favorite. There are many directions to go with this assignment. And the choices are yours.

Just pay attention, and then write. You’ll want to notice how you feel when you are struggling to learn something and what you do to get past that normal frustration. Notice when you learn, how, with whom, where, and why.


Post once and make at least two comments on my students’ blogs or other blogs prior to Thu., at 10 pm.  

Post length:  200-500 written or 2-5 minutes video or podcast.

To navigate to the student blogs, hit the Blog Roll at the bottom of my site.  
Helpful Links:

Creative Commons Search:  Find media that is licensed for re-use.    
Youth Voices blog
Audacity: Download this free audio recorder and editor software to create podcasts
PowToons:  Use this fun and easy web tool to create animations.
Biteable: Use this tool to create fun animations, too!
Free Photos for use on blogs / another / and another



Student Blogging Guidelines



Check out the Forum Post and Discussion Assessment to understand how you are graded. Forums 101 will be helpful, also (8 Intriguing Strategies to Continue Discussions and Rich Replies to Peers). More help with what to do here.

Forum #1: on Death of a Salesman 
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Be the first or second person to respond to one of the prompts in this forum by replying directly under the prompt OR be the first or second person to reply to two of the responses.  To receive credit, your commentary must be thoughtful and use specific evidence from the play. You must also add something new to the discussion -- a new idea, a challenge to existing ideas, a new source for reference. Responses must be 150+ words*. Replies to responses must be 80+ words*.

Also, folks who were the first or second to respond to a prompt are required to reply to those who replied to their responses.  

You are allowed to "call" a response only (not a reply to a response) by posting, "I call one of these responses." Be sure to refresh before "calling" to be sure a response opportunity is still available.

Also, to identify a response and a reply, the response will not begin with a person's name and will be 150+ words. The reply should begin with a responder's name and be 80+ words. Please sign with your first name at the end of your responses and replies!

It would be polite and respectful to reply to any replies on your commentary. All parts of this assignment are due by

*A note on word counts. Please do not think that because you've met the word count minimum, you have met the content requirements of the assignment.

  How to Post on a Forum Video
[Remember, in order to post to and participate in the group,  you must be logged into your school Gmail account while viewing this page.]

 Use Google Books to find specific text/quotations. Once you get to the Google book version of your book, click on "About this book" in the lower left corner of the screen. Then, use "Search inside" to find your text.

And use this American Literature site to find works for your portfolio!


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  2. Jacob (or should I say, Kyle),
    Thank you for commenting. You are perfectly correct in using this comment function. I appreciate your positive observations. To answer your question regarding individual student blogs, yes, I do believe that they too are an extension of the classroom. Through them, I hope that your thinking as well as your writing grows and improves. It certainly is delightful for me to read all the different ideas and observations that my students have about their learning. I hope you are enjoying your blogging experience now and will continue to. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.