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Article Summaries - Applications of Technology

Article Summaries - Applications of Technology

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Martha MeloyApplication of Instructional TechnologyArticle SummariesSpring 2010
 
Article 1 - Citation
Zawilinski, Lisa (2009). HOT Blogging: A framework for blogging to promote higherorder thinking.
The Reading Teacher, 62
(8), 650-661.
Identification
Professional Practice Article
Summary
This article focuses on the many uses and types of classroom blogs and how blogs help topromote higher level thinking skills if used appropriately. The author explains thedifferent types of blogs, such as a Classroom News Blog, Mirror Blog, Showcase Blog,and Literature Response Blog. The article provides links to further explore these blogson the Internet. Emphasis is placed on the integration of reading and writing skills usedwithin a literacy program and further explains in detail ways to accomplish the higherlevel thinking skills of evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing. The author elaborates onthe HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Blogging Framework and how teachers canincorporate the framework ideas with educational standards. This article providesnumerous examples and opportunities to learn about the educational advantages of usingclassroom blogs beyond the widely used purpose of providing information for classroomteachers.
Critique
After reading this well written, informative article, I had a much better understanding of blogs and how they are used for authentic educational purposes. It has inspired me toreally think about using blogs in my own classroom for higher level thinking activitiesand not only for the informational purposes that are so commonplace. I found myself 
 
thinking about the true potential blogs can achieve when used appropriately such asliterature discussions and synthesis-scaffolding, which help to develop thinking acrosstexts for deeper understandings. This article is a must read for all teachers at theintermediate level and beyond. This article instructs teachers on how to use blogseffectively by providing worthwhile examples of how to integrate blogs into reading andwriting instruction while strengthening essential higher order thinking skillssimultaneously.
Article 2 – Citation
Eckstein, M (2009). Enrichment 2.0 gifted and talented education for the 21
st
centruy.
Gifted Child Today 32
(1), 59-63.
Identification
Professional Practice Article
Summary
This article summarizes the concept of Enrichment 2.0, which targets gifted studentsworking collaboratively across grade levels in a specific area of interest. The articlebriefly describes the history of enrichment clusters and elaborates on how these clustersare optimized by the use of Web 2.0 applications. Links are provided to the appropriateWeb 2.0 technology used with current Enrichment clusters. It describes how the Internethas created a global community where students can collaborate, research, analyze,synthesize and publish work to a greater community of learners creating an aspect of authenticity to the learning. Details are given on setting up clusters of inquiry based

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