In this engaging and interactive digital lesson, the learners will receive direct instruction and practice using critical thinking skills as they use Web logs to communicate ideas effectively, read and write blogs, and practice responsible use of blog information and software.
Estimated Time:18 minutes
Score Type:Automatically Graded
Available Languages: English, Spanish
Vocabulary: Internet safety, Web log, audience, blog, collaboration, communication, cultural issues, domain, ethical issues, information technology, online security, post, responsible use, security, societal issues, writing
Adjusts Accordingly / IdentifyLanguage Arts > Communication > Speaking Strategies / Presentations > Audience > Adjusts Accordingly / Identify
Audience DefinitionTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Audience Definition
Awareness of / Adjust ForLanguage Arts > Writing > Purposeful Writing > Audience > Awareness of / Adjust For
Chat / BLOGS / BBSTechnology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Chat / BLOGS / BBS
Communication to OthersLibrary Media > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others
Communication to OthersTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others
Create Communication ProductsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Create Communication Products
Desktop PublishingTechnology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Desktop Publishing
EthicsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Ethics
InstructionsLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Follow Directions > Instructions
InternetScience > Concepts and Processes > Tools / Instruments > Software Tools > Internet
Internet SafetyLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Internet Safety
Listening / Pay AttentionLanguage Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention
Negative ImpactLibrary Media > Information Technology > Internet > Negative Impact
Negative ImpactTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Negative Impact
On-line EtiquetteTechnology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > On-line Etiquette
Online collaborationTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Online collaboration
Personal Safety / Use / OnlineScience > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Personal Safety / Use / Online
Positive / Negative ImpactTechnology Education > Information Technology > Technology Use In Society > Products in Daily Life > Positive / Negative Impact
PrivacyTechnology Education > Media and Culture > Law and Legal Issues > Privacy
RespondLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Respond
Security OptionsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security Options
Security and PrivacyTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security and Privacy
Social Influences, Impact and IssuesTechnology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Social Influences, Impact and Issues
Student Communication with OthersTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Student Communication with Others
Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for TaskTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task
Use Technology when WritingLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing
Web Page DesignTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Web Page Design
Websites / Blogs / Email / InternetLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Websites / Blogs / Email / Internet
The setting for the online lesson is the Glastonbury Festival held annually at Worthy Farms in Plinton, England. The festival is famous world wide. You might want to provide some background of the festival, have students locate Glastonbury, U.K. on a map, and hold a whole class discussion about England's culture and history as well as student's experiences and perceptions of England in general.
If setting up a class blog, consider a blog portal type of site such as 21Classes.com (www.21classes.com), in which you can set up a class page and students set up individual pages that are linked to the class page. Some other student-friendly blog sites include Gaggle Blogs (www.gaggle.net) and Aeonity Free Blog Hosting Community (www.aeonity.com), an advertisement-free blogging site.Whichever blogging Web site you use, make sure you monitor student work closely to ensure that only safe activities are being conducted.
While most blogging Web sites offer similar capabilities, their interfaces vary widely. You might want to point out the key features in the blogging Web site used in your class if necessary.
While the interactive lesson shows students how to delete posts and comments on a blog, the lesson does not show students how to delete an entire blog. Often, the option to delete a blog can be found in the blog's settings options. If desired, you may want to show the class how to delete their blogs after the class completes the unit.
The underlying theme throughout the Communicating Online unit is the role of effective writing in all walks of life throughout the world and throughout history. The lessons are presented against a backdrop of music festivals held around the world, and the accompanying activities are based on Shakespearean works. Note that music compositions and plays draw heavily on many basic writing and communication principles and skills. By exploring words in the context of music and poetic discourse, students can expand their perceptions of the multipurpose and cross-cultural aspects of written communication.