Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy

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NSTA Portland Presentation November 21, 2008

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  • 1. Using Blogsto Promote Science Literacy Welcome!Welcome Stacy Baker November 21, 2008 NSTA Portland Conference

2. Presentation Outline What is a Blog? Why Blog? Goals of a Blog Small Groups Share Set up of a Blog Hand out Packet 3. What is aBlog? VideoParts of a Blog 4. Thank you for going the extra mile with yourI love how the blog has students. Your blogconnected us so much demonstrates themore to each other. creativity and synthesis of ideas that is a model for -9th Grade Student the entire faculty. -PrincipalI have been so impressed with the project and more importantly the attitude my daughter has developed toward science, writing, research, andWhy Blogs?communication.-Parent 5. What Do Students Like About Blogs?Video 6. Whatarethe Goals of a Blog? 7. Improve science literacy:Americans Get F in Science Literacy 8. Student work will be read by thousands of people, both their peers and experts in the field:Sitemeter 9. Discuss topics students care about with their peers and experts: Atlanta Water Crisis 10. Discuss labs and other class assignments:Substance X Lab 11. Interact and discuss topics with practicing scientists:Explore Other BlogsScientist Interviews 12. Teach students how to evaluate internet sources:Credible Sources 13. Exciting opportunities will develop! 14. Small Group Discussion 1. What would you like your students to blog about?2. What things do you do now that you could replace with a blog?3. What roadblocks might you encounter that would prevent youfrom blogging with your students?4. What are some ways you could get around those roadblocks? 15. Blog Safety Rules for Students Use first names only or pseudonymsDo not identify your locationRemember that nothing can be erased in cyberspace Rules for Teachers Turn on comment moderationTurn on anti-spam filterDo not publish pictures with the school name or logoDo not publish names alongside pictures Parent Consent Form 16. Extreme Biology Blog Tutorials Comment Writing Did you:* Add new information that is related to the post? * Insert a link to the website where you found the information? * Check to make sure your comment does not contain the same information as someone else's comment? Post Writing Did you:* Make sure the topic you want to write about is biology-related? * Check that all of your sources are credible before writing your post? * Hyperlink your sources? * Include a creative commons or public domain image? * Include 2-3 science-based (not opinion-based) questions in your post? * Compare your post to published posts to make sure the format is correct? 17. 18. Use the Advanced Search! 19. Getting Started with Edublogs 20. Thousands of Examples Support Blogging! Links 21. Please join on the conversation at the NSTA Conference Blog or on my teacher blog! 22. Sources Slide # 1 Photo : Turtblu, 2 Photo:, 3 Photo: -bast-, Video: Blogs in Plain English Common Craft Show by Lee Lefever, 4 Document: 5 Photo: created using and 6 Photo: Stabilo Boss, Photo: National Science Board, 2006. Science and Engineering Indicators. 7 Document: 8 Photo: Document: 9 Drought Photo: Fadder_Uri, Document: 10 Document: 11 Photo: David Kroll, www.jomc.unc.eduBrian Switek, Tsai, Roston, Document: Document: 23. 12 Screenshot: 13 Photo: Turtblu, Laura Porter, Bora Zivkovic, Science Online '09, 15 Document: Parent Consent Form, 17 Comic: created using 18 Photo: 19 Screenshot: Bensonkua, Onkel_wart, law_keven, 20 Screenshot: 21 Screenshot: www.classroom20.comDocument: 22 Screenshot: