According to Merriam-Webster, a blog is "a website that contains an online personal journal with reflections and comments." Mrs. Kirby's class is using the class website as a forum to reflect on articles they have been reading. Students are blogging their reading reflections. In addition to writing their own thoughts and opinions about what they have read, students can see the opinions of their peers. It has the added bonus of allowing parents to observe the class "discussion," which can stimulate a continuation of the topic at home. By using the interactive aspects of the web, Mrs. Kirby is deepening her students understanding of what they are reading as well as teaching them twenty-first century technology skills. Her students are doing a great job of combining technology into their learning!
If you are interested in seeing what fourth graders are blogging about, you can check out Mrs. Kirby's webpage at http://teacherweb.com/TX/ForestCreekElementary/Kirby/newsflash.aspx and click on Koala Blog.