Welcome to Mr. Cooke’s classroom blog experiment!  Below is the information I sent in the form of newsletter to you all.

What is a blog?

Blogs — short for Web logs — are online journals or diaries. Blogs can be public or private, entertaining or educational, eclectic or subject specific.

A blog entry is similar to a traditional journal or diary entry; it usually includes the date, reflections on a topic of interest, and a signature.

Students can use blogs to practice writing and communication skills; teachers can use them to post assignments, share thoughts, stimulate classroom discussion, and more.

What are the benefits of classroom blogging?

Students love blogging.

Students who lack the reading and writing skills they need to succeed also may lack the motivation to practice those skills. Many are motivated, however, to chat virtually with their friends.

Seeing their words published on the Web is a great student motivator.

Blogs offer an innovative way for students to engage in reflective writing on classroom topics in a familiar medium.

Blogs represent a democratization of information dissemination, providing each individual with the opportunity to publicly present his or her thoughts and opinions.

Students who know they have an audience other than their teacher write more credibly, accurately, and carefully.

Blogs allow others to respond, providing feedback to the authors.

In short, blogs can bring today’s students into the world of writing.

How can students use it? They can:

reflect on their reading or classroom discussions.

investigate topics online and then report on their research.

record group progress on a project.

talk about shared classroom experiences.

copy and paste thought-provoking quotes from other blogs, and then offer their own thoughts on the topic.

ask professional writers to edit their blogs, or provide feedback.

In addition to using the blog, I also aim to discuss:

Etiquette when posting a blog journal entry

Identity safety when posting online

Evaluation (grading) may come from:

Writing and posting journal entries.

Spelling, grammar, and organization of ideas.

Reflecting on one’s own writing.

Commenting and providing feedback to fellow classmates.


Although some of the students may use Instant Messaging or other forms of electronic “talk,” I want to establish some guidelines for using this Blog site right from the start because I view this site as a digital extension of our classroom. This means that any rules or expectations I have for you in the classroom are the same rules and expectations I have for you here in Cyberspace, with one main exception:Do Not Use Your Last Name on the Blog.

A. *First of all, be aware that I will be able to identify you through your email address. So think carefully about what you write and how you write.

B. *Second, be respectful. So, try not to write anything that would make people frightened, angry, upset or embarrassed. It’s ok to ask thoughtful questions, even on sensitive subjects, but do so in tactful, polite manner.

C. *Third, keep it clean! Avoid swears and other topics that are inappropriate in a classroom setting. (Remember, this Blog is an extension of our classroom).

D  *Finally, if in doubt about writing what you’re thinking, leave it out!

If you have any questions/concerns please let me know right away.    


 Enjoy the dancing Spider-Man animation…


2 Responses to “About BLOGS”

  1. can you make a macbeth section? so we can discuss that?

  2. Don’t know what to do???
    Where are we to read the question,
    this is so confusing

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