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  • 1. Welcome to Blogging Basics
  • 2. Agenda
    • Let’s define blogs
    • Develop an understanding of blogs
    • Identify ways to use blogs in education
    • Look at two examples of active blogs; Blogger and Wordpress
    • Learn how to start your own blog
    • Have fun
  • 3. What is a Blog?
    • According to webopedia, a blog is basically a web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual.
    • A person who writes/authors blogs is called a blogger.
    • Individual articles on a blog posts are called “blog posts”, “posts”, or “entries”.
    • There are numerous kinds of blogs
  • 4. What a blog can have?
    • Text
    • Images
    • Videos
    • Audio Files
    • PowerPoint Presentations
    • Links to other blogs and web pages
  • 5. How to Use Blogs in Education
    • Content-related blogs
    • Networking and personal knowledge sharing
    • Instructional tips for students
    • Course announcements and readings
    • Reflective or writing journals
    • Assignment submission and review
    • Dialogue for group work
    • E-portfolios
    • Share course-related
    • resources
  • 6. Why Blog in the Classroom?
    • It gives writing a purpose
    • It involves different learning styles
    • It can inspire students
    • Your students can inspire others
    • Students who do not participate in class may be more willing to talk online
  • 7. Things to Consider First !
    • Goals need to be clear
    • Feedback needs to be immediate
    • and meaningful
    • Expectations can be teacher and/or student formulated.
    • Narrative assessment or rubric assessment or no assessment
  • 8. How are you going to manage your blog?
    • Do your homework, become a blogger
    • Select your blog hosting service by
    • type of blog you want to have
    • Begin with one main account and have students go through stages of blogging
    • Model/Scaffold what is a quality post/comment
    • Expectations should be clear; blogging rules/etiquette and blogging safety.