One idea I have for using blogs in the classroom is for website evaluation. My lesson would involve giving the students a website address that they would visit. Using a predetermined rubric, they would assess different aspects of the website such as educational value, visual appeal, accuracy, and so on. Then the students would post their findings on a blog. The next step in the lesson would require the students to choose two of the websites their classmates evaluated and post their own comments about those websites.
According to Will Richardson, "the use of Weblogs can enhance the development of expertise in a particular subject." The ability to assess websites for their usefulness and value is an important skill that students need to acquire due to the increasing demand for research on the Internet. I believe by participating in this lesson students will be "creating a database of learning that she can continue to build on."
Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wiks, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.