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Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

December 12, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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It’s #Blog121212 Day

Some of our students wrote a blog post for an international blogging challenge, #Blog121212, started by fourth grade teacher, Paula Naugle.

Here are our 12 things blog posts:

Madison – Music

Mason – 12 Things I Like to Do

John – 12 Things on 12-12-12

David – Favorite Things

Jordan – Favorite Sports

MaKenna – 12 Things I Like to Do

Kennedy – 12 Sports I Watch or Play

Sierra – Favorite Books

Kaylee – 12 Things I Love About Christmas

Dustin – Favorite Sports Teams

Jade – Favorite Christmas Foods

Cooper – Favorite Sports Teams

Atze – 12 Favorite Video Games

Lauren – Favorite Teacher(s)

Anna – 12 Thanks about Friends

Anna Pearl – Lists of Twelve

Mrs. Krebs – Twelve Reasons I Love My Students

December 7, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Add Blogging B.E.A.D.

We do writing differently in the 21st century than we did in the 20th century. When I was a student in the last century, I never had an option to make my writing interactive with URLs because there was no such thing as the Internet. I could add color photos if they were developed and printed from film, cut out from a magazine and glued onto my paper, or colored by my own hand.

Ah, but now it’s a different world. We can add all kinds of cool things to our writings.

Here are four ways you can make your writing a better fit for the 21st century.  It’s a B.E.A.D. for your blog.

B is for Breadth

Add URLs to help your reader learn more beyond the topic about which you are writing. Link to examples, applications, interesting side bars, or related blog posts by you or others.

E is for Ease

Formatting helps your reader get the most out of what you say. Use more paragraphing on blog posts than you would on a regular paper. Otherwise, people might just take a quick look at your long paragraph of text and say “tl;dr.”

Be kind on the eyes of the readers. Besides paragraphing, you can also vary the fonts by using bold, italics, and HEADINGS as needed.

A is for Aesthetics

Create a beautiful blog post. Add interest with photos, clipart, illustrated quotes and other graphic images. This not only makes it beautiful, but it also helps visual learners better understand your post. Of course, always remember to use only original, Creative Commons, and subscription clipart for your graphics.

D is for Depth

Add URLs to help your reader go deeper into the topic you are writing about. Give background information, definitions, and link to your sources. People who care about your topic will appreciate the links that will help them get to know more about your topic. If you want to go deeper into advanced blogging skills, don’t miss the Student Blogging Challenge every March and September.

Conclusion

Take advantage of the 21st century and your ability to make your blog post much more than just the words. Add value to your blog posts with meaningful links and images. Make it interactive, wide, deep, easy-to-read, and beautiful.

I tried to illustrate what I meant in this blog post.

Do you see evidence of B.E.A.D. in this post?

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