Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Blogging for Life, Literature, and Success

Oh the Places You'll Go!: Blogging for Life, Learning & Literacy Success received a $10,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and was awarded the James P. Reilly Grant for Professional Action Research. Educators Bridget Carvajal, Jeanne Kimball, and Denise Weston of Oxford Central School (Warren County) will implement this action research project using web logging – or “blogging” – to improve language arts literacy. It includes several components to help both students and teachers become more proficient in the use of technology. Teachers will participate in professional development aimed at enhancing utilization of technology in language arts literacy. Teachers will learn to use technology to provide authentic learning experiences, enrich writing programs, and implement web logging as a writing tool.

Students in grades three through five and their families will benefit from greater access to technology. The project will create a system that uses technology to improve student achievement and foster literacy skills needed for success on standardized tests. Activities include literature circles, reflective journaling through blogs, parent nights and a community assembly about blogging, and student assemblies and author visits.

This project was awarded the James P. Reilly Grant for Professional Action Research. Reilly served NJEA for 31 years, until his retirement from the position of Director of Research in 2004.

Bridget Carvajal
(610) 865-5959