Blog 1: Never Ending Search : eCatalog Central redux?
Joyce Valenza is a library guru, yet she writes as if she’s sitting there talking with you in person, which is nice. I frequent this site for lots of tasty tidbits in the library world, and I found the posting interesting. I would, indeed, love a central catalog instead of all things library instead of wasting an entire shelf in my office with catalogs.
This was interesting; another conversational post. I can see his point, and as a former classroom teacher, I have seen the same results. However, one way that I did homework, was to assign one subject per night, and assign it only when truly needed. It’s a wily subject, one that I’m glad I’m not dealing with now that I’ve made the switch to a media specialist.
Blog 3: Mrs. Edminson’s class : Questions for one of our favorite authors: Grace Lin
This was different from the others because it is written from the perspective of third graders. I thought this was a good use of a blog and honestly was surprised that the author replied. I’d like to look at this blog in more detail later.
Blog 4: Duck with a blog: 2nd graders write about our missing duck
This blog took a simple event (a duck making a nest on their school’s playground) and made it into a writing opportunity. Great idea! I like the use of a blog for the students to practice their creative writing to guess where their playground duck has gone. Cute.
This is definitely something to think about. It is easier sometimes to read online, but other times it is not. I think it depends on what your purpose for reading is, which reminds me of the IPICK lesson I did with 1st graders. The P stood for “purpose,” which usually is either for fun or to learn. I would classify most of my blog reading as learning, and most of my fun reading is done with an actual book in my hand. Of course, I read books for my position as a media specialist, which technically is learning, but it seems more like fun. I think explaining the purpose when using blogs in the classroom would be helpful for students, just like the purpose for choosing books.