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Quadblogging
Student Blogging in a Flat World


 

Address: http://quadblogging.net/

Quadblogging takes classroom blogging to a whole other level. This Web 2.0 teaching and learning tool gives your students an authentic, global audience for their blog writing by connecting your class to three other classes.

Each class in a quad takes turns writing a focus blog with the other three classes visiting and commenting. This cycle is repeated during a period of three months. Over 3,000 classes in 40 countries have participated.

 Real world blog writing motivates students to sharpened their writing skills with stimulating content -an engaging way to address Common Core Writing Standards.

The more they write, the better they become.  

This great, innovative Web 2.0 tool will be an exciting addition to your list of teacher resources.


 


21st Century Skills

This Web 2.0 tool builds collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills as students work on posts for their class blog.

Brainstorming content ideas while listening and discussing with others to choose the best ideas creates an environment for developing important 21st century learning skills.

Working through the writing process movitvates students to use and improve reading and writing skills as they become experienced content editors for their blog writing.




In the Classroom

To participate in a quad you must have a class blog set up. You will provide your blog's URL on the application form. There are many free sites where you can quickly set up a class blog:

  • Blogger
  • Edublogs 
  • Kidblog

When your class blog is set up, then it's easy to get started.

  • Simply go to the site's homepage http://quadblogging.net/.
  • Complete the form at the bottom of the page. Soon you will be sent the information for the other three schools in your quad.
  • The teacher serving as your quad's co-ordinator will contact you.
  • Each school will take a turn being the focus blog. The other schools will visit and comment on that blog.
  • The next week the second school will host the focus blog and then the third and fourth. You can continue taking turns until your three month period is up.

Four Classes Share Their Experience Blogging



Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

One of the major shifts in the classroom brought on with the Common Core State Standards is the need to create assignments with real purpose for real audiences. This Web 2.0 teacher resource provides the purpose and audience.

CCSS ANCHOR STANDARDS - WRITING

Text Types and Purpose
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Production and Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.



 

Tutorial

What is Quadblogging?



 

Safety Concerns

Each teacher is responsible for setting up his/her class blog and following school or district guidelines. As with any online communication, personal student information should never
be posted online.


 


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