Tuesday, July 10, 2007

371.33 Blogging Class: The Whys and Wherefores in the Library


We are sitting here in class learning about blogs. The class is made up of librarians-in-training at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Don't they look like hard working librarians?


They are looking at samples of blogs and getting sense of what blogs contain and what bloggers write about.


At the beginning of class, because they are a new group pf students, we popcorned out what comes to mind when you say the word "LIBRARY." Their answers included...resource, book, books, information, technology, FUN, interactive, access, reading.... What are your thoughts?


One of the students brought a very important question? What do you do if parents of your students do not want their picture on the web? (we had been viewing the video from the elementary school's student blogs). I suggested doing audio podcasts only in the beginning or making blogging an after school elective! What suggestions can you give this person for her concern?

The students are looking at different types of blogs and noting the similarities and differences found in blogs. I will post some of their findings at a later date.

I had fun...I hope they did too (and I hope they learned a little something about blogs as well!)

30 comments:

Julie E, said...

Had a good time and did learn a lot!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed learning about blogging. It gave me some really good ideas about implementing them into my eighth grade Language Arts class. I took a technology class in the spring, but it only taught me how to create them, not how to use them effectively in my classroom. Thank you so much for all of the information. J. P.

Brooke L. said...

Very interesting class. :) Thank you! The tip on using audio podcasts for students whose parents do not want them in video, was very useful.
I have a new appreciation for blogs. Thank you.
---B.L.

Anonymous said...

I am considering adding some technology to my classroom and don't know if I want a discussion post like Web CT or blogs.

I want to know the identity of my students.

Which one do you suggest?

lv

Anonymous said...

I learned how to begin a blog and some key points in managing one. I am thinking about running a blog for my middle school library next year. JA

Anonymous said...

It was really informative, to link the lesson on podcasts from last night with blogs tonight, and to see the educational potential!
-ADB

Anonymous said...

What a great introduction to blogging-- I'm no longer intimidated! Blogging seems like a great forum for teachers and librarians to promote a love of reading. Students can share and read peer reviews and pass along info about books they've enjoyed. I'm looking forward to using it this upcoming school year.

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I have ever seen a blog!! I had never seen or used one before and now I can't wait to use them in my classroom or my future library. I did not know they were that easy to use. I thought they might have been some technology "thing" that "echnical people" did but now I know that they are for regular people too.
Thanks for the new info.
NS

Anonymous said...

This was fun and informative - I can't wait to casually drop cool blog vocab in a conversation with my GenX kids. I might try making my own blog if I can figure out what to talk about.

Thanks for this lesson!

Beth S.

Anonymous said...

I'm the wordy one and I forgot my intials. Thanks! SB

Anonymous said...

crb
I really learned a lot about blogging. I'm not ready to start my own blogs, but I will start using blogs to get good ideas and info. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This class is fun. I'm learning a lot and will share with my students. Thank you.

MD.

Anonymous said...

I have now blogged for the first time! Thanks for the experience.

K.H.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the imformation...I have learned so much about blogs today. I am now going to create a blog for myself for other to enjoy.
A. L

Anonymous said...

This class session was very interesting and confusing as well. This Blogging thing is like a new language to me. Yuk! However, I know that with practice I will learn to like it.

EBY

Kathy said...

Although I'd rather be fishing with my niece and nephew right now (they are visiting from New Mexico) I had a great time and learned bunches. I would love to make a blog for my Kindergarten classroom next year; that is if I don't get the library job I just interviewed for yesterday. I think that this would be great to do for a book club:)

Anonymous said...

I am no longer a virgin blogger.

k.c.

Anonymous said...

I learned a lot, and was surprised at all the blogs that are out there. Copyright laws kept nagging at me.

A.A.

Anonymous said...

Jenny M.
Vaughn is a captivating presenter. I learned so much in her interactive presentation about blogging. The biggest thrill was to see the vidcast of 6 and 7 year olds blogging! The hands-on partner centered BLOG Review was a wonderful way to learn about the parts of a BLOG and read some current information. Thanks for coming out to UHCL! I enjoyed it!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope to use what I've learn about blogging with my students. Great! BWL

Anonymous said...

I learned a lot from this expert blogger...can't wait to get my own librarian blogspot!!!I am going to try and find a name that will beat the Bookslut!!!


LKN

Anonymous said...

I discovered why many do not leave comments. It is somewhat tedious finding how to leave a comment, at least the first time. Now that I have done it, I have faith and hope it gets easier.

LF

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we're covering this. I'm the new librarian at a MS with a pilot GT Academy, and they are blogging this year (like they don't blog all the time at home!). My question is--do you sleep at night? So much to read and think about, and so little time! S.C.

karol said...

I am sooooooo out of my comfort zone!!! i have never seen, used, looked at sideways, a blog. before today, i just figured they were all late night unemployed lunatics, or teachers on summer break. i am glad to see the educational uses of something kids love already. so thank you for expanding my mind. if only we could stop the expansion on the other end of my body.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the class and learned a lot about blogging.

Anonymous said...

After an eight hour class today on podcasts in my district, this gave me the practice to go home and put my podcast I made into a blog tonight.
RM

Anonymous said...

I learned a lot about blogs and I am feeling a little overwhelmed. The information I got is great especially since I have to make a blog for another class.
I will go home and try to start on that project tonight.
Thanks! RV

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed learning about and exploring blogs. Thanks for a fun class.
K.G.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know anything about blogging when I came in to class tonight! This was really wonderful and is something that I want to continue looking at and learning abou! J.S.

Anonymous said...

Learning about blogging made me have a different perspective on why my teenager enjoys MySpace so much. Now I have a new outlook to this innovative technology.
LM