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Blogging for labguage learning

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  • 1. The Blogging Phenomenon Its impact on Language Learning
  • 2. overview
    • What is a blog
    • Blogging in learning : its roles
    • Why blogging ?
    • Blogs vs. Discussion Boards
    • Using blogs in the classroom
    • Types of blogs
    • Features
    • Tips
    • Planning your blog
    • Blogging software
  • 3. What is a blog ...?
    • A blog (a portmanteau made by contracting the phrase "web log") is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. Like other media , blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images , and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world .
  • 4. Weblogs can be seen as....
    • ways to improve our own writing
    • just in time learning arenas
    • places to share
    • easy ways to create websites quickly
    • ways to connect with others and make connections to learning
    • perfect spots for quick writes
    • places to visit daily, which provide elements of surprise
    • places to collaborate
  • 5. Why blogging...?
    • we can place lessons, assignments, and announcements online.
    • expand students’ access to relevant materials by incorporating links
    • enhance class interaction through online discussions and chats
    • facilitate idea sharing
    • motivate and prepare students for class
    • maintain communication with absent students
    • challenge students by placing quizzes and tests online
    • get parents more involved by giving them access to their children’s assignments
  • 6. Blogs vs. Discussion Boards
    • stds can start their blogs easily
    • easy to link to other websites
    • supported discussion + informational posts= responsibility
    • may have good search engines built-in
    • go public
    • stds can’t start their own DB
    • not generally so
    • imply discussion but less sense of responsibility
    • not possible
    • are private
  • 7. advantages of using blogs
    • They allow instant publishing to the Internet
    • They cost little or nothing
    • They provide a comment feature that allows interaction from others
    • They are dynamic and focus on content from the participants - listening, talking, collaborating, having a dialog, sharing
    • They work for any subject
    • They are empowering - they give everyone a voice
    • They make writing THE focus - send the message that writing matters
    • They promote ownership of work
    • They allow us to learn from our students
    • They allow us to reflect on our teaching and our student’s learning
    • They allow the interchange of thoughts and ideas
    • They are exciting - seeing others comment on your thoughts/anticipating comments and replies
  • 8. Types of weblogs for use in EFL classrooms
    • The Tutor Blog
    • The Learner Blog
    • The Class Blog
  • 9. The Tutor Blog : Run by the tutor for the learner
    • Gives daily reading practice to the learners
    • Promotes exploration of English websites
    • Encourages online verbal exchange by use of comment buttons
    • Provides class or syllabus information
    • Serves as a resource of links for self-study
  • 10. The Learner Blog
    • Individual/ in groups
    • Best suited for reading and writing classes:
    • Virtual composition books
    • Searching the web for sites to link, on the topic.
    • Individual journals: track progress
    • Inspire self reflection
    • Mega-blogs can be run by tutors
  • 11. The Class Blog :
    • In conversation-based classes : used like Bulletin Boards to post messages, images, links related to topic/ thoughts
    • Interm./advanced levels : stds can create online resources for others, developing research and writing skills.
  • 12.
    • Virtual space for international classroom language exchanges.
  • 13. Teachers could develop a classroom blog to..........
    • post short current events/ articles to invite students thoughts, reactions, and possible solutions
    • create a literature circle
    • post photos and ask students to create captions
    • foster book discussions in the form of an online book club
    • encourage student writing to demonstrate learning
    • direct students to curriculum web sites and have them read and make responses
    • communicate with another classroom
    • stimulate entries about their learning and how this learning is relevant for them
  • 14.
    • invite one student a day to post a summary and reflections on the day's learning
    • observe the growth of plants or animals or keep records of science experiments
    • spot and record student kindnesses or good deeds
    • develop new vocabulary: students create sentences/ a brief paragraph using new vocabulary
    • enable students to post their ideas for the classroom/ school
    • let student write short reviews of books they are enjoying reading
    • post quotes and have students write their interpretation and apply it to something in their life
  • 15. Teachers could create an informational class blog to ......
    • post a daily/weekly synopsis of the curriculum taught
    • publish homework assignments 
    • give a birdseye view of the class for parents
    • honour and celebrate class achievements
    • list class-related information such as calendars, events.
    • show examples of good students’ work and the teacher's response to it
    • provide a day-by-day description of a specific teaching unit
    • take a moment out of the classroom day to share with family and friends
  • 16. Teachers could create a reflective, journal type blog to..........
    • share ideas for teaching activities to use in the classroom
    • share classroom technology management techniques
    • make reflections on each teaching day
    • explore important teaching and learning issues
    • provide tips for beginning teachers
    • spot gems of wisdom from the students in their classroom on any number of ideas
    • produce how-to's on using specific technology programs in the curriculum
    • keep a record of a new teaching project with what worked and what didn't
  • 17. You can have your students create their own weblogs to..........
    • complete class writing assignments
    • create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing
    • express their opinions on topics you are studying in class
    • write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest
    • discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them
    • write about class curriculum topics, newly-learned vocabulary words and idioms
    • showcase their best writing pieces 
  • 18. You can also ask your class to create a shared weblog to...
    • complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task
    • showcase products of project-based learning
    • complete a webquest
  • 19. Features
    • Comment feature
    • Archiving entries
    • Linking
    • Permalink
    • Blogrolls
    • RSS feeds
    • Photos/images
    • Audio/video
    • Moblogging
    • Ipodding
  • 20. Tips
    • Keep it simple at first
    • Nothing “right” or “wrong”
    • Use your creativeness to motivate stds
    • Don’t linger on every posting
    • Post regularly
    • Commnet on your fellow classmates’ commnets
    • When quoting sources, give them credit
    • Write sth about yourself
    • Choose your links
  • 21. Planning your blog
    • What purpose will it serve?
    • What name will you give it?
    • What content will it include?
    • How will you organize it?
    • Type of info?
    • Students’ postings?
    • What audience will it address?
  • 22. Weblog software
    • without commercial advertising:
    • http:// /
    • commercial software
  • 23. Sample Blogs
    • Michael Coghlan’s
    • Teresa Almeida d’Eça’s
    • http ://
    • Ishbel Galloway
    • Diaryland
    • Sus Nyrup’s
    • ESL + EFL friendly blogs with comments
    • Findory
    • Dafne Gonzalez’s Student Vanessa’s
    • vBlog Central
    • A Life in Wales
    • Red is an Apple
    • Our Class 2005
    • CAE 2005 (my students’)
    • CALL SIG Rosario