Using Blogs in the Classroom

We recently setup a class blog for the AP Literature and Composition course and they have been using it in their study of poetry, including reflections and discussion on the texts they have been reading, as well as publishing their own original poems.

The blog can be found here (currently its set so that only people within Hebron Academy can access it) but here is a screenshot to show what the front page looks like:

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This was created through Schoolpress which is included as part of Whipple Hill, with each student setup as a author and the teacher as an administrator. This allows the teacher to fine tune the design of the blog and the students to create and comment on posts.

For this project posts are made up of mostly text, but images, videos and other kinds of web content can easily be added and embedded to a post:

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Students and teachers can also comment and reply to comments within each post, creating a comment structure such as this one:

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Using tags within the posts also provided an excellent way for students to summarize their poems by selecting what they think are the keywords.

The blog has been a very useful tool for the class to continue their reading, creating and discussion outside of the classroom, even though it is not published for everyone to see.

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