Week 4 Reading Response and Chosen Article

This week’s reading was on blogs and the “ongoing ethnography of blogging.”  In other words, the study of human races and cultures within blogs.

This reading was interesting, and well placed I may add (good choice Remi), as we have been blogging for a month now.  We have seen other blogs, read our peers blogs and tried blogging ourselves.  Now, not only do we have something to reference, but we are able to reflect on the kinds of things we have done in our OWN blogs.  Without even realizing it, we became part of a study group and took on the roles referenced in the article: researcher as identifier of new tropes, researcher as insider, researcher as analyst, researcher as both subject and object, researcher as activist.  Now, we can participate in each of these jobs wholeheartedly.  Again, well played Remi, well played.


I also, was and still am, as we continue to read more and more, about the early dates on some of the research.  I mentioned via hypothesis that 2004 seemed early to be assessing blogs, however, I also realize that I was fairly young at that point and may have not realized that they were important then.  Let’s be honest, the technology we had in my house was my dad’s best by desktop hp computer that had “Crazy Taxi,” “DOOM” and “The Sims” loaded on it.  I mean, come on, what else did I need at 13?


The article was a good read.  It really did bring a couple ideas into perspective.  First, there is a lot of depth in online writing.  I believe that it really has taken off recently.  Blogging has become a full time job for some!  I think this is something I would like to cover with my students when we talk Digital Citizenship.  When blogging or posting things on the internet we always talk about what NOT to share, but we often assume our kids then know what TO share.  I like the idea of discussing what is relevant on a blog and how to get our reader’s attention.

Second, there are many roles that a blogger can play, see above.  Using these roles in the classroom could be really beneficial for the writing process.  Having our students writing one day, editing another, assessing after that, etc.

Finally, there is a ton of overlap, as discussed in the article.  I think I could use that to my advantage.  Teaching my students the ideas behind this technology and how to use it to their advantage, while simultaneously teaching how to navigate and use these to their advantage.

Chosen Article: Brydseed Blog

So, I stumbled upon this blog, I almost wish I had found it last week because there are a lot of articles that went with last week’s theme.

I was thinking about my enrichment class for next year, and as I started to think about intro lessons, thanks to the magazine design assignment, I then started thinking about how I wanted to tweak my curriculum.  I went back to the discussion of playing into what our students like and using that to teach with.  I really enjoy reading some of the books that my students do, series like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and the new Star Wars cannon.  (If you haven’t read the new Star Wars cannon books and you like Star Wars, I HIGHLY suggest them.  They are really helpful to tie the old to the new).

This blog is about this teacher’s journey to bring those books into play.  He mentions that yes, of course, non fiction books are better, but let’s be honest, sci fi and fantasy are what make our kids LOVE to read.  He goes on to talk about the relationships you can draw from these popular texts.  He even has links to some of the actual teacher’s notes.

I will definitely being using this blog to help reconfigure my current enrichment class.



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