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June 30, 2006

Assessing students blog posts

I love the synergy of the blogosphere.  Today I was driving around thinking about how I can assess the blog posts I will be asking my students to write.  Of course my first answer is "read them all."  Which might be do-able in a small class but it time consuming no matter what...plus saying "good job" over and over loses some effect.  So what did I find will doing blog reading?  I found Weblogg-ed's link to 2 Cent's Worth's post Blog' What's in Gaston County, which among other things talks about writing and assessment questions for students and for teachers.  This is good stuff to think through, it's not the full answer I'm looking for but it is a start.

So I will be suggesting five questions that will be asked, not by the teacher, but by the student, as a way to assess blogged content.  I call the questions “Blog’Whats?”:

- What did you read in order to write this blog entry?

- What do you think is important about your blog entry?

- What are both sides of your issue?

- What do you want your readers to know, believe, or do?

- What else do you need to say?

These questions assume that blogging is seen as a practice of literacy, accessing, processing, and communicating information.  They also serve to help the writer to focus on the broader aspects of the issues being written about, exploring all sides and perspectives, and even exploring the next phase of the communication.

I think that these same questions, reworded only slightly, can also be used to examine and evaluate the blog writings of others, other classmates, and other blog content being used for learning.  Those questions would be:

- What did the blogger read before writing?

- What was important about the blog entry?

- What were both sides of the issue?

- What do you know, believe, or want to do after reading the blog?

- What else needs to be said?

Posted by prolurkr at June 30, 2006 03:51 PM

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