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Blogging in the Classroom

A blog is defined as "A web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, Observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other web sites". (reference - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Blog)

Blogs are an excellent resource for any learning environment. Blogs are an outstanding way for instructors to assess learning and have students share their opinions and ideas. Students can access blogs in the classroom, from home, from their phones, and anywhere else there is an internet connection. They can be used in any classroom for any assignment. By blogging students are free to express their complete ideas in a safe non-judgmental setting. One way to use a blog in the classroom is as a discussion board. Teachers can provide questions to student that create critical thinking. Instead of asking yes/no questions, ask students open ended questions, answers that they must defend using vocabulary related to the lesson. For example,…

PowerPoint Powerful Multimedia Tool

PowerPoint is a powerful multimedia tool and when used correctly can create more opportunities for learning. I have provided a link to a small final PowerPoint that uses audience interaction, video, and a few notes on creating an engaging learning environment. Be sure you read the notes in the notes pane of the slides.

Example PowerPoint

Next Blog: Using blogs in a learning environment.

PowerPoint & Audience Interaction

Malcolm Knowles, was an influential figure in adult education. His research proved that adults have enough life experience to be in dialogue with any teacher about any subject and will learn new knowledge, attitudes, or skills best in relation to life experience. By creating an opportunity for audience interaction a presenter can perform real-time needs assessment, give an opportunity for learners to learn with mind, emotions, and muscles (which according to brain research and learning style theory is how the brain learns best), create an environment for learners to participate in the decision making of their own learning (safety), and create opportunities for reflection (Praxis). Audience interaction can also break up the presentation and help extend the attention span. One of the ways to create audience interaction and meet the needs of learners is with a resource provided by Polleverywhere.com. This website allows you to create polls and include them in your PowerPoint presentation…