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Lesson Plan

Getting the Word Out
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 8 to 12
Duration: Ongoing (as long as instructor thinks is appropriate) sessions of 30-45 minutes each
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Developing Self-Expression And Creativity

Description:

This lesson shows how you can use a Blog tool for a variety of writing activities. A blog, short for Web log, is an online journal or diary. Your afterschool students can use blogs to practice writing, share ideas, and interact with their peers. The fun of using computers makes blogging appealing to all students, even those who struggle with reading and writing. Because of its positive effect as a motivation tool, you'll find yourself looking for ways to integrate blogging into many of your afterschool lessons.

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Teaching Tip About Blogs

Education World provides great information for instructors who want to use blogging, including a techtorial to help you get started. The following blogging cautions are from that resource:

When blogging, remember to:

  • Get parental permission.
  • Know your school and district acceptable use policies (AUPs) and convey them to your students.
  • Avoid blogging sites that require students to publish their complete names and/or e-mail accounts.
  • Avoid sites that ask students for any personal information.
  • Make students aware of what subject matter is appropriate and permissible.
  • Teach students the importance of tone and respect for others' opinions.
  • Have clear expectations, rules, and consequences.
  • Remember that with risk comes growth and learning.

For additional information on Internet safety and blogging, consult the following article: www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech217.shtml/.

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

Students will enhance writing skills and ability to express creative, logical and clear thinking while following Internet safety guidelines.

Standards:
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