This was a great opportunity to show how a classic activity could be upgraded on the blog using the SAMR model. So I created a model post as follows:
At the substitution level, we make a direct transfer from what we do on paper to the online world. Which is a totally fine step.
At the Augmentation level we add some tech functions to improve what we do. That would be adding links and images to your blog posts that help make connections ( see my sample)
At the Modification level we start to change our teaching/learning activities. That would be represented by my sample activity Letter to the Editor, where students would rewrite thinking about the new media and the ways letters to newspaper editors can be sent nowadays. When the students use the newspaper media to send the letters, it becomes authentic.
At the Redefinition level we use technology for activities that were not possible before. At this level we can start thinking about direct comments to articles at online newspapers that get answered back and start a connection with what students are doing. The New York Times has even a Learning Network page for contact with schools. A paper from Ohio State University on Opinion expression during social conflict: Comparing online reader comments and letters to the editor actually indicates "more balance in both the range and tone of opinions from online reader comments than reader letters".