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Blogs

  1. 1. Welcome to Blogging Basics
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Let’s define blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an understanding of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ways to use blogs in education </li></ul><ul><li>Look at two examples of active blogs; Blogger and Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to start your own log </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Blog? <ul><li>A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”. A person who posts these entries is called a “blogger”. A blog comprises text, hypertext, images, and links (to other web pages and to video, audio and other files). There are numerous kinds of blogs; some political, some content based, and some blogs discuss personal experiences. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to Use Blogs in Education <ul><li>Content-related blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and personal knowledge sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional tips for students </li></ul><ul><li>Course announcements and readings </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective or writing journals </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment submission and review </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue for group work </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Share course-related </li></ul><ul><li>resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Blog in the Classroom <ul><li>It gives writing a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>It involves different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>It can inspire students </li></ul><ul><li>Your students can inspire others </li></ul><ul><li>Students who do not participate in class may be more willing to talk online </li></ul>
  6. 6. Things to Consider First ! <ul><li>Goals need to be clear </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback needs to be immediate </li></ul><ul><li>and meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations can be teacher and/or student formulated. </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative assessment or rubric assessment or no assessment </li></ul>
  7. 7. How are you going to manage your blog? <ul><li>Do your homework, become a blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Select your blog hosting service by </li></ul><ul><li>type of blog you want to have </li></ul><ul><li>Begin with one main account and have students go through stages of blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Model/Scaffold what is a quality post/comment </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations should be clear; blogging rules/etiquette and blogging safety. </li></ul>

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