Introduction to Blogs• Definition• In education• Start blogging• Blogs in practice: ideas for the class
BLOGS: Definition (1)A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type ofwebsite or part of a website. Blogs are usuallymaintained by an individual with regular entries ofcommentary, descriptions of events, or othermaterial such as graphics or video. Entries arecommonly displayed in reverse chronological order.Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leavecomments and even message to each other on theblogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes themfrom other static websites.(source: wikipedia)
BLOGS: Definition (2)• Focus on a particular subject (news, politics, fashion, education…)• Some are more personal: online diaries, travelblogs, babyblogs• A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic.• The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.• Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art, photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting).• As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million
Definition of a Blog in a language learning context“a blog is […] a venue in which they[language learners] can reflect,comment, question, review andcommunicate – outside theclassroom in an authenticenvironment.”Pinkman 2005, p.13.
BLOGS in education• Categories of educational Blogs: Three types of weblogs for use in L2 classrooms (A. Campbell, 2003)• Tutor blogs (teacher-centred)• Learner blogs (individual)• Class/ group blogs (collaborative)• Advantages of each category?
Edublogs: Advantages• For Teachers • For Students o Check students’ work o Individual blogs – and post comments reflections etc. o Add resources for o Collaborative blogs – students to use group & project work o Collaboration with o Class Blogs students o Motivation, “WOW” o Collaboration with factor other teachers o Teacher/peers can post o Support & Advice comments/feedback o ??? o ???
Create your blog• Go to www.blogger.com• Sign in with your gmail account• Register to blogger (! Display name!!)• Click on “create a blog now” and… follow the instructions… (blog name, URL, choose a template)• Start blogging….• Create new post, change font, add link, pictures and youtube video!
PERSONAL BLOGS one author per Blog • Identity Blog preparing for a language exchange(low level, primary orsecondary school)
CLUSTER BLOGS several contributors• Online teamwork Preparing for an oral presentation• Emphasis on process rather than product• Aims: o To develop analytical, cognitive and higher order thinking skills o To develop/ reinforce reading, analytical and writing skills
CLASS BLOGS (authors = class members)• An on-line language platform for the class• Resource sharing, diaries of learning achievements/class activities, posting of written work…
To go further… • Blogs and Language Teachinghttp://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/resources/blogging.shtmlhttp://eltnotebook.blogspot.com/http://tesl-ej.org/ej44/a3.htmlhttp://en.wordpress.com/tag/classroom-activities/http://supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers • ICT4LT Bloghttp://ictforlanguageteachers.blogspot.com/ • Blog Providerswww.blogger.comhttp://wordpress.com/http://www.livejournal.com/