The blog should illustrate that the student participated in at least one other blogging community through comments on others and citings. Finally, the blog should be enhanced with video, audio, images or other add-ons.
In my instruction, I have been using my webpage and Edmodo, and students have been posting comments and projects to Edmodo. I have, therefore, not been inclined to use a separate blog site such as what we have seen in this course. However, having seen the examples and done the research, I believe there may be opportunities in which a blog would be an effective addition, and would provide benefits beyond what I currently have via Edmodo. Most appealing is the opportunity to collaborate and share with others outside our class and school and enhance authenticity by enabling an audience for the student’s work. Additionally, having done this research on the evaluation of blogs, I believe I am much more prepared to evaluate the blogs of my students, and look forward to not only having my students design blogs, but trying the newly designed rubric to evaluate them. The rubric is linked here.
From the ones I reviewed, this rubric showed the most promise. It seemed simple and
straight forward and I liked the criteria, in particular the “community” idea. http://timhorgan.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/blogging-rubric.pdf I used it to create my own with some modification.
This rubric, from the University of Wisconsin, has greater specificity in criteria such in content and creativity, and more than I would need for my middle school students. I did like the criteria on the use of Graphics and multimedia.
While I don’t think it would be my choice for my own classes, this rubric includes some good ideas. In particular I liked the assessment dealing with integrating concepts and principles from class discussions. I also liked the criteria that focused on critical thinking skills and evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.