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Keywords: blogging, blogs, English, Film
Subject(s): Technology, English/Language Arts
Grades 10 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT
Planned By: Alexa Schlechter
Original Author: Alexa Schlechter, Norwalk
Class: English II and Critical Approach to Film and Media
Duration: On-going throughout school year
Materials needed:
-WiFi (already in building)
-Internet-enabled device access (needed)
-EduBlogs account (already obtained

Skills to be addressed:
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Students will:
-Understand how a blog is used to enhance education.
-Use teacher blog (schlechter.edublogs.org) to submit daily homework assignments.
-Interact with peers and evaluate their submissions.
-Create their own student blogs.
-Develop blog posts that analyze literature and informational text.
-Reflect on their classwork.

Students are currently using schlechter.edublogs.org to see their nightly homework assignments and submit work. However, many students do not have computer access and in our under-funded building, we share 24 working computers for 1600+ English students. By having daily access to an internet-enabled device, students will create their own blogs that are "child" blogs of my teacher blog, and use these blogs to evaluate literature, respond to essential questions, interact with their peers, and reflect on their learning experience. The blogs will be used as a comprehension authentic assessment.

I am a 10 year veteran at Norwalk High School, and a "Exemplary" rated teacher. I am in the process of earning my 6th year degree in Education Technology and I'm extremely interested in using Internet-enabled devices in my class to enhance all facets of student learning.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Students can collaborate with their history classes to research literature settings, use math skills to assess their blog statistics, and integrate their technology knowledge into all class subjects.
This would be a year-long project.
Materials: Mobile Labs
Other Items: 28 Internet-enabled device (iPad, Chromebook, Laptop, $250-$600 each