Blogs, Blogging, Blogosphere
A new way to
communicate & collaborate
Dr. Gambari, A. I.
E-mail: gambarii@yahoo.com
Website:...
What is a Blog?
• Blog is short for Web Log.
• Think of it as a journal of fact
based opinions.
• People can read your pos...
Do’s of Blogging
• Treat your blog as a classroom space.
• It is not a place for personal and private issues that are not
...
Don’ts of Blogging
• Do not post or give out your family name, password, home
address, phone number, or any personal infor...
Steps to Using a Classroom Blog
1. Register a
Classroom Blog as
a Teacher
1a. Write, edit and
publish class blogs as
a tea...
Terminology: Blogosphere
• Blogosphere is the collective term
encompassing all blogs as a
community or social network.
• M...
Blogs: Educational Uses Generally
1. Standard Class Webpage(s):
• Address recurring questions/issues
1. Interesting develo...
Primary Beneficial Outcomes
• Students learn course material both individually and
collaboratively
• Learning from peers i...
Secondary Beneficial Outcomes
• More teacher-student contact through e-mail
• Teacher learns from the students
• Forum for...
How to write your blog
• How to find topics to write about
– Ideas from the work you are doing
– Books you are reading
– T...
How to write your blog
– You can write longer articles using a dedicated blogging text
editor (Windows Live Writer –
http:...
How to write your blog
• You can edit your blog posts using Style Writer (available from Editor
Software: http://www.edito...
Starting your own blog
• Starting a blog
– When you arrive at blogger
1. Create an account,
2. Name your blog, and
3. Choo...
How to start your own blog
• Domains
• You should get your own domain for your blog.
• Your blog address will end up in th...
How to start your own blog
• Free blogging platforms
– Blogger and WordPress.
– Blogger (owned by Google) is free.
– WordP...
How to start your own blog
• Creating an account
– Blogger
• Go to https://www.blogger.com/start
• Sign in using your Goog...
How to start your own blog
• Selecting a template
– Blogger
• Once you have created your blog, you have access to a
dashbo...
How to personalize your blog
– Reader comments
• Decide how to handle comments
– Allow them or not
– Moderate them or not
...
How to personalize your blog
– Tabs and info about your blog
• If your blogging platform features them, use tabs or
separa...
How to personalize your blog
– Statistics
• Some blogging platform tells you
– how many hits you got,
– but also which pag...
How to personalize your blog
• There are others ways in which you can personalize your
blog
• Many gadgets are available t...
How to personalize your blog
– All blogging platforms offer many templates you can choose
from.
– You can add an RSS / Ato...
An account will
only require
 A working
email,
 A unique user
name, and
 A unique blog
address.
• Next, you need to choose the title of your blog.
• In order to make sure that you are in fact a human blogger,
(rather t...
Blogger tells you what its progress is and should reward you
with a start posting arrow.
• The first thing you will see it a rich text editor, also known as a
WYSIWYG editor.
• This should emulate your experienc...
You will be rewarded with a Publishing in Progress bar…
And when you are done, you can click
on the View Blog button and…
And that is it. You have just created a blog and
publish...
Online Collaboration
Dr. Gambari, A. Isiaka
E-mail: gambarii@yahoo.com
You will require to be connected to the
Internet to access www.pbworks.com (your
wiki host)
Go to www.pbworks.com
30
31
The next screen asks you to “Choose a
plan that fits”
PBWorks has several options for
educational wikis.
The features vary...
33
You will be asked to sign in with some basic
information
I suggest you choose an address that is easy
for you and your stu...
35
36
You will need access to a printer to
complete this step
You can set up accounts for your students
by clicking the “Classro...
Choose the number of accounts you will need for
your class (or classes)
Choose “Writer” for their permission level for
lim...
On this page, you will be able to give your
students usernames for their wiki accounts
It is recommended that you use init...
You will be asked to confirm your students’
usernames and passwords
After confirming, a PDF of the account
information wil...
This page will ask you to print your account list.
The list will be divided into strips for you to cut and
distribute to y...
Your print out will include a master list at the
top and a divided list (for individual
students) at the bottom.
You may w...
• You can upload images and files to your wiki
• When in “Edit”, you will see an option on the
right side of the screen to...
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
9. dr. gambari day 5 blogs, blogging and_blogosphere
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  1. 1. Blogs, Blogging, Blogosphere A new way to communicate & collaborate Dr. Gambari, A. I. E-mail: gambarii@yahoo.com Website: www.gambari.mgfglobal.com Blogsite: www.drgambari.com
  2. 2. What is a Blog? • Blog is short for Web Log. • Think of it as a journal of fact based opinions. • People can read your posted writing and comment on it.
  3. 3. Do’s of Blogging • Treat your blog as a classroom space. • It is not a place for personal and private issues that are not related to school topics. • Blogs are about ideas. Agree or disagree with idea, not the person. • Make specific suggestions and back up your opinions with facts.
  4. 4. Don’ts of Blogging • Do not post or give out your family name, password, home address, phone number, or any personal information that would give information that would help someone directly locate you or contact you in person. • Use these same guidelines when referring to class members. • Do not post anything you would not want your family, teachers, or friends to read. • Use correct English and be aware that everything you post is a reflection of you. • Don’t always believe everything you read online. You need to make a judgment about whether it can be trusted.
  5. 5. Steps to Using a Classroom Blog 1. Register a Classroom Blog as a Teacher 1a. Write, edit and publish class blogs as a teacher 2. Add students to your classroom blog so that they can post blog articles 3. Student composes an article related to an assignment 4. Student gives the article to teacher for review 4a. Teacher reviews the student article 5. Classmates or other audiences read and comment to the student article 5a. Teacher reads and approves comments before they are published
  6. 6. Terminology: Blogosphere • Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all blogs as a community or social network. • Many weblogs are densely inter- connected; • Bloggers read – others' blogs – link to them, – reference them in their own writing, and – post comments on each others' blogs. – See http://technorati.com)
  7. 7. Blogs: Educational Uses Generally 1. Standard Class Webpage(s): • Address recurring questions/issues 1. Interesting developments that relate to the theme of the course (via instructor) • Current events, Web sites mentioned, etc. 1. Organization of in-class discussion • Blogging has distinct advantages over more common threaded discussion in its support of style, ownership and identity 1. Group Blogs: students create (and present?) a group project using a blog
  8. 8. Primary Beneficial Outcomes • Students learn course material both individually and collaboratively • Learning from peers is enhanced through blog visits • Students improve writing skills • Students write for a “public” audience • Students learn the potential uses of blogs and how to manage them
  9. 9. Secondary Beneficial Outcomes • More teacher-student contact through e-mail • Teacher learns from the students • Forum for peer social interaction • Students express their individuality and values • Affords shy students the opportunity to find their ‘voice’
  10. 10. How to write your blog • How to find topics to write about – Ideas from the work you are doing – Books you are reading – Tools you are using – Problems you are facing – Interesting news and information you have found on other blogs or other web sites
  11. 11. How to write your blog – You can write longer articles using a dedicated blogging text editor (Windows Live Writer – http://explore.live.com/windows-live-writer) which displays them as they will appear in the blog. – You can start writing more important articles in longhand, then edit and change them until you are satisfied, and paste them in Windows Live Writer, for the final layout touches.
  12. 12. How to write your blog • You can edit your blog posts using Style Writer (available from Editor Software: http://www.editorsoftware.com), a program that helps tighten your writing.
  13. 13. Starting your own blog • Starting a blog – When you arrive at blogger 1. Create an account, 2. Name your blog, and 3. Choose a template.
  14. 14. How to start your own blog • Domains • You should get your own domain for your blog. • Your blog address will end up in the http://sojiadewumi.blogspot.com format.
  15. 15. How to start your own blog • Free blogging platforms – Blogger and WordPress. – Blogger (owned by Google) is free. – WordPress also is free, but you may have to pay for some features. – Other blogging platforms available are TypePad Micro, etc. • Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/start • WordPress: http://wordpress.com • TypePad Micro: http://www.typepad.com/micro/features
  16. 16. How to start your own blog • Creating an account – Blogger • Go to https://www.blogger.com/start • Sign in using your Google Account login • Click on Create a Blog – WordPress • Go to http://wordpress.com • Click on Sign up now
  17. 17. How to start your own blog • Selecting a template – Blogger • Once you have created your blog, you have access to a dashboard for all your blogs. • Select Layout • Select the Template link, and browse from the available templates
  18. 18. How to personalize your blog – Reader comments • Decide how to handle comments – Allow them or not – Moderate them or not – Moderate only those that are older than a certain number of days. – Beware of blog spam (comments left on blog posts with the only purpose to attract visitors to some Web site or other page).
  19. 19. How to personalize your blog – Tabs and info about your blog • If your blogging platform features them, use tabs or separate pages. • You can have one page for your posts, and other pages for more permanent information (about links to your articles, and so on).
  20. 20. How to personalize your blog – Statistics • Some blogging platform tells you – how many hits you got, – but also which pages attracted the most visitors, – where your reader came from, and – technical information such as the operating system and browser used by your visitors. • Some blogging platforms offer tools to track statistics. In Blogger you can use Blogger’s own, or you can add them yourself. • http://www.google.com/analytics/ • http://sitemeter.com/ • http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/counter/index.php
  21. 21. How to personalize your blog • There are others ways in which you can personalize your blog • Many gadgets are available to help making your blog more attractive: – Blogroll (a list of links to other blogs) – Buttons that show your blog ratings – Links to your archive (the list of your older posts) – Categories or tags to help users find your posts on a specific subject – Search box to allow readers to find specific topics – Slideshows – Polls – etc.
  22. 22. How to personalize your blog – All blogging platforms offer many templates you can choose from. – You can add an RSS / Atom feed to your blog (so people may subscribe to it and follow it with readers such as Google Reader) – Reader comments – Tabs and info about your blog – Statistics – Other things
  23. 23. An account will only require  A working email,  A unique user name, and  A unique blog address.
  24. 24. • Next, you need to choose the title of your blog. • In order to make sure that you are in fact a human blogger, (rather than an automated system which is phishing) you will need to verify the wacky words in green.
  25. 25. Blogger tells you what its progress is and should reward you with a start posting arrow.
  26. 26. • The first thing you will see it a rich text editor, also known as a WYSIWYG editor. • This should emulate your experience with Ms Word. • The rich text editor allows you to blog and link and italicize. • When you finish with your post, click Publish Post.
  27. 27. You will be rewarded with a Publishing in Progress bar…
  28. 28. And when you are done, you can click on the View Blog button and… And that is it. You have just created a blog and published your first blog post.
  29. 29. Online Collaboration Dr. Gambari, A. Isiaka E-mail: gambarii@yahoo.com
  30. 30. You will require to be connected to the Internet to access www.pbworks.com (your wiki host) Go to www.pbworks.com 30
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  32. 32. The next screen asks you to “Choose a plan that fits” PBWorks has several options for educational wikis. The features vary (as does the cost), but the basic wiki features will meet your needs Click on “Select” for the Basic Plan 32
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  34. 34. You will be asked to sign in with some basic information I suggest you choose an address that is easy for you and your students to remember e.g. profabass.pbworks.com Click “Next” once you have completed adding your information 34
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  37. 37. You will need access to a printer to complete this step You can set up accounts for your students by clicking the “Classroom Accounts” link on the settings page (on the left side navigation bar
  38. 38. Choose the number of accounts you will need for your class (or classes) Choose “Writer” for their permission level for limited access Click “Continue”
  39. 39. On this page, you will be able to give your students usernames for their wiki accounts It is recommended that you use initials or first names only for privacy and safety
  40. 40. You will be asked to confirm your students’ usernames and passwords After confirming, a PDF of the account information will be generated for you to print, cut, and distribute to your students
  41. 41. This page will ask you to print your account list. The list will be divided into strips for you to cut and distribute to your students You may want to copy a master list for your records
  42. 42. Your print out will include a master list at the top and a divided list (for individual students) at the bottom. You may want to make a copy before giving to your pupils
  43. 43. • You can upload images and files to your wiki • When in “Edit”, you will see an option on the right side of the screen to “Insert Links” to files • Click on the type of file you want to upload or link (“Pages” or “Images and Files”) • Follow the prompts to complete the upload

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