Online Discussion Boards & Blogs

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Online Discussion Boards & Blogs. Danielle Simonds. How Do You Feel?!. Take this time to look at the reflection sheet provided. Complete the chart on how you currently feel about technology specifically discussion boards in the classroom. What are Discussion Boards or Blogs?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Online Discussion Boards & BlogsDanielle SimondsHow Do You Feel?!Take this time to look at the reflection sheet provided. Complete the chart on how you currently feel about technology specifically discussion boards in the classroom.

What are Discussion Boards or Blogs?Students respond to a teacher lead prompt online. Each student responds and views other classmates responses. There are multiple avenues for implementing and instruction.Literature CirclesJournaling/Free WriteMath Strategies

Video ClipBe prepared to share something that caught your attentionThe Research Behind ItBurke and Oomen 2008Online discussion boards give ALL students the opportunity to engage in class conversations.Relieves the stress from having to speak on the spot in traditional classrooms. Engages students and encourages analyzing, evaluating, and applying acquired knowledge.Burke, S., Oomen-Early, J. (2008). Thats Blog Worthy: Ten Ways to integrate Blogging into the Health Education Classroom. American Journal of Health Education. 39(6), 362-364.The Research Behind ItCuhadar and Kuzu 2010Students have the opportunity to work together to reach a common learning goal.Students seemed to be more team oriented and respectful of their classmates when responding.Students were using the information on the online discussions to prepare for in class assignments.

Cuhadar, C., Kuzu, K. (2010). Improving Interaction Through Blogs in a Constructivist Learning Environment. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 11(1), 134-161.The Research Behind ItBull and Kajder 2004Students are excited to use the blogsThey are writing using more detail and depthStudents were found to be discovering their love of writing.Free write gave students the opportunity to reflect on their thoughts and opinions on a number of topics and/or promptsBull, G., Kajder, S. (2004). Blogs in the Language Arts Classroom. International Society for Technology in Education., 31(6), 32-35.The Research Behind ItBowers and Campbell 2011Students gain a deeper connection with text, teaches, and classmates. Everyone is held accountable for their participationStudents are less fearful to express their opinions and ideasAllows students to collaborate more intenselyAllows time for refection

Bowers-Campbell, J. (2011). Take it out of class: Exploring virtual literature circles. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(8), 557-567. doi:10.1598/JAAL.54.8.1I SpyIn grade level teams share some of the observations you have made about students and technology.

Plan of ActionGet to Know MoodleMoodle is a safe discussion board and class Internet website site provided by the SMCPS. Each teacher will have their own class site on Moodle. Teacher-created and monitoredPassword protected & advertisement freeStudents do not need to provide an e-mail address or any personal information to use this site.Plan of Actionwww.smcps.moodle.comYou all have pages and have been added to the Moodle siteTake the time to go on and explore. I have provided you with your usernames and passwords.Please log on with your passwords and follow as I lead through the site.Guidance Through MoodleDONT BE AFRAID TO STOP & ASK QUESTIONS

Minute ReflectionLets take the time to reflect on how we see this working in our classrooms.Use the minute reflection sheet provided

Staff Discussion Board Discussion Board for Staff CollaborationNew Post on www.weebly.comCreate a new post for each lesson used (1 a month at least)Respond to at least one other post each month.This online discussion board will guide our monthly small group meetings.

How Do You Feel..NOW?!Please take the time to complete the assessment sheet on this professional development session.

Thank you so much for your valuable time!!!

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