Welcome to our first project for the year!
In this project you will learn about the power and potential of blogging as a reflection of your learning, as well as a way to share your ideas and interests with other students around the world. We will start with the Investigate stage of the Technology Design Cycle.
As a blogger, one of my favorite things about my own blog is being able to share my thoughts with other people and then discuss those ideas. It helps me reinforce my own learning and also challenges my thinking. I hope you will find something you really enjoy about blogging too!
To get us started, we are going to explore other blogs from around the world to see what makes a good blog. For example:
- What do you notice about the blogs you like best?
- What attracts your attention and why on the blogs you like best?
- How do the blogs you like best look?
- How do you navigate the blogs you like best?
- What kind of information is shared in the blogs you like best?
- After looking at a few blogs, what are the features that you think every blog needs?
Here are a few blogs for you to start with:
- TechCrunch (a very popular blog about technology news)
- Mashable (another very popular blog about technology news)
- Wired Magazine (the online side of one of my favorite magazines)
- Go Ramen! (who doesn’t like ramen?)
- Zen Habits (a very popular blog about finding balance and simplicity in life)
- The Travel Photographer (photography and travel)
- Teen Voices (a blog to support and educate teen girls to advocate for change through social media)
- Moturoa (a classroom blog from New Zealand)
- Mr. Crosby’s Class (a classroom blog from the US)
- Book Bloggers (a student-run blog about books)
- Ramenate (more ramen!)
- Mark Bittman (a blog about food and sustainability)
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog (all about Apple!)
As long as you review 2 of the blogs listed above you may also look at other blogs as long as they are appropriate for school. Make sure you include the full URL of all of the blogs you look at on the Blog Research sheet.
If you know of a blog that other students might enjoy reviewing, please leave the name and URL in the comments below. Thanks!