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Blogging and the social media buzz

  1. 1. @arickard
  2. 2. noun: blog (blŏg) Etymology: shortfor ‘Web log’ (we)bloga Web site that contains an onlinepersonal journal withreflections, comments, and oftenhyperlinks provided by the writer; alsothe contents of such a site
  3. 3. Web 1.0? 1990s -> WWW = WorldWideWeb… Static, one way websites source of information (Global library) Since 2004: the terms Web 2.0 and Read/Write Web are used (Global conversation!)
  4. 4. So why would ateacher use a blog?
  5. 5. Reasons it mattersin teaching... • Develop students’ key skills: Research; Presentation, Evaluation • Understanding the way new media work • Practice appropriate online behaviour • Connect to students’ interests & creativity • Learning beyond the classroom walls • Future learning/employment needs: Collaboration, Interaction & sensitivity to cultural difference
  6. 6. Record of assignments (online filing cabinet)Showcase student work (multi-media projects)Promote peer assessment (comments feature)Be in control of content (no waiting for tech support!)Promote independent study (post material for studentseg: on ‘snow days’)Be transparent (visible to parents)Motivate and engage reluctant learners… Useful for teachers...
  7. 7. My dog atemy blog…Safety & child protectionFree blog services: – Links to inappropriate material (on other blogs)Netiquette: – Guard against unwelcome commentsAdvertisingNot on the exam!
  8. 8. Online safety No full names: (first names, initials or aliases) Avatars not pictures No personal information Get parental permission (ensure school’s ICT policy includes parental permission for online projects) Blog contract/ Netiquette rules/ Acceptable User Policy (AUP)
  9. 9. NetiquetteRule 1: Remember the HumanRule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behaviour online that you follow in real lifeRule 3: Know where you are in cyberspaceRule 4: Respect other peoples time & bandwidthRule 5: Make yourself look good onlineRule 6: Share expert knowledgeRule 7: Help keep flame wars under controlRule 8: Respect other peoples privacyRule 9: Dont abuse your power moreRule 10: Be forgiving of other peoples mistakes
  10. 10. Sample blogs The Frogblog http://www.frogblog.iein Irish schools Anyone4science? http://anyone4science.blogspot.com Leaving Cert English: http://leavingcertenglish.net KH Spanish (Susan Leahy) http://pancomido.wordpress.com Mr Kendall Recommends http://tkendall.edublogs.org/ …/…
  11. 11. Generally: – Blogger https://www.blogger.com (blogspot) – WordPress - http://wordpress.com (.org) – Posterous - http://posterous.com – Pen.io http://pen.io …For Teaching: – Edmodo - http://www.edmodo.com – Kidblog - http://kidblog.org – Weebly http://education.weebly.com Blogging services...
  12. 12. Further reading… on blogsTeacher tips: Tips on bloggingStep by step: Everything you need to knowSocial network sites not the problemWill Richardson … willrichardson.comJoe Dale ICT for MFL (see Joe’s blogroll)

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