School Environment and Student Behavior
Digital Communication : Lesson Plan PDF
Grade Level: 6 -12


 

Part I Introduction


Twenty-first century communication online includes e-mail, web logs (called blogging) and wikis. E-mail is more private and sent to specific users. Both blogs and wikis create interaction from readers which in many cases, equates to more quality responses and critical thinking skills from students. Students tend to respond well to having their writings / opinions published.

Blogs are more public and dynamic than e-mail. Blogs are online journals that can be created by teachers, special or common interest groups and businesses or newspapers, wishing to pose questions or news. They allow the reader to respond back immediately with a few words to a number of pages. The blog creator (administrator) sets up rights for bloggers to post their writings online immediately or after approval, depending on the settings. Bloggers cannot change postings only the blog administrator.

Wikis are similar to blogs, but the wiki can be changed by approved users. For example, a wiki could be created to plan for a party and what needs to be brought. Approved users can go in and create lists, showing what each one is willing to bring. Students can work collaboratively to solve problems.


Part II Class/Advisory Activities

•  Videos

 

 

Blogs in Plain English (2:58 minutes)
Wikis in Plain English (3:52 minutes)
BrainPop: Blogs (subscription required) (3:33 minutes)
What is a Blog? (2:06 minutes)


•  Discussion Questions

 

 

  1. How does a blog differ from a wiki?
  2. Who can create a blog or wiki?
  3. What are some advantages of blogs and wikis used in the classroom?
  4. What are some disadvantages of using them in the classroom?

•  Activities

 

 

  1. View lesson plan on All the news that's fit to blog and discuss in class.
  2. Go to the web page It's come to this: Mom-and-Pop blogs . See how blogs are used by small businesses to get the word out. Listen to the audio podcast and browse the blogging sites listed.
  3. View article on Researching with Wikipedia . Discuss the pros and cons of doing online research using Wikipedia.

Part III Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)  
  1. Have you used a blog? If so, how? If not, what type of blog would you create to share with people with like interests? What type of questions would you pose on your blog?
  2. How could parents be more involved with student learning using educational blogs?

•  Journal Writing

 

What type of blogs would you like to see created for your classes? Explain the questions or postings you would like to see on each blog.


Part IV Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory School Activities

 

 

Create a blog or wiki for your classroom. Think of topic(s) for discussion on your blog / wiki. Decide on how often students should post and the rules for posting online.


•  Home Interaction Links

 

 

Talk to your parents about blogging and wikis. Show them Blogs and Wikis in plain English. How could they use it for work or personal interest?


Part V Resources

Edublogs

 

Use this site to set up a blog. It includes video tutorials.

Wikipedia

 

Definition of a Blog

Wikipedia   Definition of a Wiki

Education World

 

Great examples of educational wiki sites

Educational Wikis

 

Examples of educational wikis