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 Inquiring and Analyzing 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!
First, we are going to think about the most important design features of a good blog. To get you thinking about the idea of design features, here’s one “real life” example you might see every day:
Then we will explore other blogs from around the world (here’s a great list of that we looked at in class, and another list that you might like) to see how they demonstrate those features. 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 some great examples of beautiful blog design to inspire you:
- 12 beautiful blog designs (we looked at this one in class)
- 15 beautiful blog designs
- 15 best blog designs of 2013
After looking at these, we came up with the following brainstorm about design features:
We thought a lot about the design and watched this video too:
Here’s what you need to do:
Look at 3 or more different blogs to discover what makes a successful blog. Please use at least 2 of the links provided below, but you may also look at others in addition to those two. Complete the Blog Research sheet to record your notes about these blogs. Make sure you include 3 or more design features to research, and use lots of great details in your research notes. We will use this information to determine the criteria for an excellent blog as a class the next time we meet.
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)
- 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!)
- Smashing Magazine (a blog about design & technology)
And a few awesome blogs from last year’s grade 6 class at YIS:
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!
Here’s how to earn a 7 – 8 on this task:
- You have included more than 3 items to research.
- All sections of the research document includes comments that are detailed and meaningful.
- 10 Feb