Monday, February 28, 2011

Class Website

Wow, I've spent a lot of time working on my website. I enjoy it a lot and do not find it difficult. However, it is very time consuming. It's been fun seeing what is offered via the Internet. I ended up using TeacherWeb.Com because I liked the layout and options. It was the third program that I started setting up. Since I wanted to be able to attach files I ended up paying $5.00 for a one month subscription.

I would love anyone's feedback. I am most interested in proofreading it. I have read it several times looking for spelling errors but I may have overlooked something. I would still like to add a picture of myself to the About Me page. If you want to take a look before I actually post it on Blackboard here is the link. Also, the blog page is password protected. The password to look at it is beaty123. Feel free to pretend to be a student and leave a comment on the page. I do not actually have my own class so all the content I used is from my old first grade class.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello Friends!

Wow, I'm actually really excited to have my very own blog up and running. I also love how easy and quick it was. I am always amazed at how many free tech services are now available on the Internet. I will look forward to playing around with it more and adding additional features and posts. For my research project in this class I will be looking at blogging in the classroom and hopefully how it relates to students' writing skills and engagement. I think it would be a lot of fun to try using blogs in my own classroom in the near future. There are a ton of how to articles out there but I am surprised at the lack of empirical studies on students in the K - 12 grades. If anyone has some great empirical study that relates to my topic I would love for you to post it here for me!