Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer (Retired 2012)
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


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Presented at the LTC-1 "Bold Moves for Educational Leaders" Mini-Conference, October 15, 2007

Willowbrook Holiday Inn

How might blogging be used to increase communication within a school setting? How does this new means of collaboration and sharing across the web, impact teaching and learning?



What is a blogging?

Wikipedia --

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) or sexual topics (Adult blog), and are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.

As of October 2007, blog search engine Technorati reports tracking 108.8 million blogs. (

Blogging resources and examples:


Edublogging: Instruction for the Digitial Age Learner
From Jeff Felix, Supertintendent of Bonsall Union School District, Bonsall, CA. -- a recent graduate from the Ed.D in the Joint Doctoral program in educational leadership. Posted to his blog 22 Dec., 2007.

Presentation Slides

Created and shared on Google Docs:

25 Basic Styles of Blogging:


From David Warlick on evaluating blogs:

When reading a blog, ask:

  • What did the author read in order to write this blog? What did he or she already know and where did that knowledge come from?
  • What are the other points of view? What are the other sides of the story?
  • What did the author want readers to know, understand, believe, or do?
  • What was left unsaid? What are the remaining questions and issues?

When writing a blog, ask:

  • What did you read in order to write this blog? What do you know and where did that knowledge come from?
  • What are all points of view on the issue?
  • What do you want your readers to know, understand, believe, or do?
  • What will not be said? What are some of the remaining questions about the issue?


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