Yesterday's post was a brief presentation to my research class on the results of my research on blogging with my classes. I will be presenting the full (20 minute) presentation on Tuesday, April 8th at the Action Research Conference at Jefferson County's Administration building.
I'm very excited with the results. I my study looked at how blogging impacted community, writing and retention of content in my ELA Social Studies classroom.
After the study
...80% of the students felt like they were part of a classroom community.
...80% of the students improved their attitudes towards their classmates, their school and their classroom
...All students reached partially-proficient on the writing rubric
...80% of the students moved an average of 4 points on the rubric
...60% of the students improved their writing organization
...100% of students improved the content in their writing
...students were able to discuss what they knew and didn't know
...the word "learned" was used 50 times in their blogs
...Students used classroom vocabulary in their blog entries
...Students cross-posted more often
...Students regularly commented on their classmate's blogs
...I posted/commented more often on the student blogs