In this session, we will share our experience of blog-based literature
circles between high school and graduate students. Our collaboration involves
novels set in the Southwest.
To motivate students to read and respond to young adult literature
To integrate technology into the literature curriculum
To conduct an online collaboration between high school and Master's students
participating in an adolescent literature course
Blogging with high school students
is a challenging adventure.
Book selection - Book Pass for Southwest novels - pdf
file (with annotations from the Library of Congress)
Overcoming district restrictions to accessing blogs from district computers
The number of computers available to students during class time
Students' learning curves with technology and posting protocols
Students' motivation and responses to the online environment
Students' proficiency with and perceptions of reading and writing
Blogging between high school and University
students is a challenge as well.
Timing, technology access, and time
Unfamiliarity with adolescent students and/or teaching
This link takes you to our class Polis Web page. From this page, one can
link to our online discussions.
House of the Scorpion
Why is it good?
After reading and discussing The Crossing, do students have
an increased awareness and/or different opinion of immigration issues?
What motivates students to engage in discussion?
Literature Web Site
Character Portraits and Border Issues Discussion
The House of the Scorpion
Eulogies and Tombstones for El Patron
Billy the Kid
"Wanted" Posters for Billy and the "Smith"
Runs with Horses
Sources for Creating Blogs
Blogs Relating to Education
Weblogg Ed (http://www.weblogg-ed.com):
This site has a plethora of information regarding the use of weblogs in
education. Almost daily blog entries provide new information and updates.
The site also contains links to numerous blogs by educators, as well as
blogs created and used by classes.
Further Information about Integrating Technology Tools
Weblogs in Education-Edublogs (http://webtools.cityu.edu.hk/news/newslett/edublogs.htm):
An article about the use of weblogs in education which contains several
links to other sources and articles regarding the topic of blogs in education.
Writing with Web Logs (http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/TL/2003/02/blogs.html):
An article about the use of weblogs as a means of writing and publishing
Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes (http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Campbell-Weblogs.html):
This article contains information about weblogs and three different ways
of using them with ELL/ESL students.
Peggy Steffens (http://www.amphi.com/teachers/psteffens/blogging.html):
Steffens, Amphitheater School District, has gathered together resources
for teachers on blogs on other web based learning experiences.
Stuart Glogoff (http://www.elearn.arizona.edu/):
Glogoff, works in the Learning Technologies Center at the University of
Arizona. His site provides links to many examples of the technologies
that are being used on the campus. He also provides instructions and further
information for the use of blogs in his section on new technologies.
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