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Monday, November 14, 2011

Crew News November 14, 2011

Blogging
We are blogging! Each student in our crew now has their own blog. They are all very excited about this so I am sure that you have heard all about it by now. Many of them are even blogging from home. I love this because it shows just how excited they are about it. All of their posts and comments on their posts are moderated by me. This means that nothing gets published to the internet without my approval. We would love to have some comments from you all. Please feel free to visit our blog site and comment on any blog - not just your child's blog. Remember, all comments are moderated by me so your comment won't show up until I approve it. This just keeps advertisements and junk messages off of our site. Below are a few facts about our new blogging experience that I thought you might be interested in:


• My purposes for introducing blogging were to: increase the motivation to write, provide the students with an authentic audience for their writing, allow for conversations about and feedback on their writing through comments, make connections with others, have a place to share their thoughts and ideas and learn some basic computer literacy skills. I believe we are meeting these purposes and more.
• I purposely taught the students just the basic things that they would need to know in order to navigate around in Kidblogs and to create a new post. I hope that they will begin to explore and learn on their own and then teach each other. We will also have brief sessions on new features that they can try on their blogs as time goes on.

• There are still many more things I would like to do with our blogs but I am going to let the process evolve naturally so I am not sure how many of these we will accomplish. Things I would like to do include: learn to add comments, have students take pictures at school to add to their blogs (I am looking for a site to host our pictures that is not blocked at school because we don't have much storage space on our Kidblogs site), connect with another first grade class from another part of the country or world that blogs and read each others’ blogs and comment (I know of several classes we could eventually connect with), learn to embed video (still working on a host site), create posts with a specific content related purpose, do more peer editing before we publish and so on.

Feel free to drop by our crew blogs and learn more about us and add a comment or two. You can get to our blogs on the Resources page of this blog. Click on Kidblogs once you are there. Or you can go directly to this link:

http://kidblog.org/MsJillsCrew11-12/

The Book Fair is Here!



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 4.1 Reading Thermometers

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