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Chapter 5 by Paul Allison delved into blogging in the classroom. This aspect of writing and technology has WAC tie ins. This gives students another avenue for learning with personal inquiry, authentic teaching/assessment, technological literacy.

This teacher even tied in technology standards within the writing assignments.
Blogging is a way to make the writing personal with authentic assessment..this is something the kids WANT to do and it's furthering their learning.

Blogging creates a community. Self-motivates students to do more (adding tags, comments, etc--still writing and thinking).

This chapter also includes resources Creative Commons (images, videos, etc). Allison does a nice job of explaining the Web 2.0 resources and giving web addresses to readers who might be tech immigrants (Google Blog Search).
One of Allison's best points about blogging in the classroom is, "Perhaps any teacher who has learned to sponsor projects in the classroom will recognize the turning point that I'm referring to here, where the teacher starts working for students, instead of the reverse." (pg 80)

To end, "Being a blogger is about what young people do when they sit down to work at their computers. It is about creating a space in their lives to safely extend and explore their online voices with a group of peers, both at school, in another part of town, in another state, and around the world. The students in my classes learn about responding to each other's blogs, and how people choose to build together and to share their creations and resources." (pg 91). Now, if only all teaching could be this authentic.

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