The week prior to Easter I was contacted by a masters student in Minnesota regarding blogging with students. She had been reading my class blog and hoped that I would participate in her research.
Aspen Easterling wrote:
You are invited to participate in a study of educational blogs. Journals and books suggest ways to incorporate blogs in education, but I hope to learn how teachers are actually using blogs as educational tools. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because I found your blog and am curious to find out more about how you use it in your class(es).
1. What grade(s) and subjects do you use your blog with?
3. Why did you decide to use a blog as an educational tool? What did you hope it would do for your students and/or for you?
4. How long have you been using a blog as an educational tool?
5. How do you use your classroom blog? (posting student work, information for parents, online writing tool, collaborative projects, etc.)
6. If you use your blog for student writing, has their writing improved? Please explain?
7. Please list 3 positives about using blogs in your teaching.
8. Please list 3 negatives about using blogs in your teaching.
9. Please list 3 things you’ve changed in your teaching as a result of using a blog.
10. Please list 3 things that youʼve kept the same.
11. If you use your blog with students, in what way(s) do you ensure their safety? (model proper behavior, pen names, no real names of people or places, etc.)
So, now I ask all of you who use blogs with students. What would your answers be? I’m as curious as Aspen to find out the answers to the above questions. I will answering the questions in the next day or two and will post the answers again. I look forward to comparing mine with yours.