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  • 1. The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session One-Book Discussions and Blogs By Christine Anderson
  • 2. Pros and Cons of Classroom Book Discussions
    • Increased Vocabulary and comprehension
    • Improved Verbal and Discussion Skills
    • Sharing of Ideas
    • Interaction between students and teacher
    • Limited classroom time
    • Not every student can give input
    • More impulsive answers instead of constructive discussion
  • 3. Benefits to Blog Format
    • Teacher/Librarian Moderated
    • Allows time for reflection prior to answering
    • Increased student participation
    • Motivation to students who may not normally participate
    • Fosters collaboration and creative expression
    • Inspires self reflection
    • Practice of writing and communication skills
    • Informal evaluation of writing and communication skills
    • Extends the walls of the classroom
    • Learning environment is available 24/7
    • Helps prepare students for a digital future
  • 4. Let’s Begin!
    • What is a Blog?
      • Short for weB LOG
      • An online journal
        • Moderator posts topic/comment
        • People respond
    • Security
      • Blog viewing can be restricted
      • Authors and members can be limited
      • Customizing creates safe environment for children
  • 5. Creating a Blog
    • Many free services available-we will use Blogger
    • Limited technical knowledge required
    • Log in to
    • Click Create A Blog
  • 6. Creating a Blog
    • Create an account (use school district e-mail address)
    • Name your Blog
  • 7. Creating a Blog
    • Choose a Template (this can be changed later)
    • That’s It-Your Blog is Created!
  • 8. Starting the Discussion Simply enter a title for you post, type your comments or questions and click “Publish Post”
  • 9. Settings Adjustments
    • Comments Tab
      • Adjust who can post comments to your blog
        • Change to “Only members of this blog” for student security
    • Comments Tab
      • Receive notification of comments to review before they post
        • Change to “Always” and enter e-mail address you will be notified at
  • 10. Settings Adjustments
    • Permissions
      • These changes allow only the students and teacher to read and post comments
        • Add members (authors) who can post-students e-mail address
        • Adjust Viewers
          • Change to only blog authors
  • 11. Going Forward
    • Add blog address (URL) to teacher website on school district website.
      • From example
    • Students should access blog from this spot only.
    • Tips for teacher blogs
      • View several blogs and online book clubs for inspiration and to see how they work
      • Keep the purpose of your post clear
      • Be sure students are clear on what is expected of them
      • Give clear guidelines & conduct expectations to students
      • Provide proper security measures to keep blog available to students and teacher only
      • Allow time in class to practice before students are expected to do at home
      • Have fun!
  • 12. Additional Information and Resources
    • Blogger help site
    • Blogs in the elementary classroom video
    • Sample blog sites
      • My class blog site Book Chat Online
  • 13. Until Next Time…
    • During the next week play around with your blogs
      • Post a comment or question on your site
      • Visit each others sites once a week and leave a comment
    • Feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have or…
    • Stop by and visit during “Bloggers Breakfast Break”
  • 14. The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session 2-Customizing your blog and posting added items.
  • 15. Additional Posting Items
    • Pictures
    • Web Links
    • Video as introductory book talk
    These are the basics but there is always more to explore……
  • 16. Add a Picture
    • On post screen toolbar click “add image” icon
    • Choose picture and layout
      • Click upload image
      • Image will appear in post draft before you publish for review
  • 17. Add a Web Link
    • On post screen click “link” icon on toolbar
    • Type in web site address
      • Link will appear in post draft before you publish to review
  • 18. Add a Video
    • On post screen click “add video” icon
    • Choose video and add title
      • Click upload video
      • Video must appear in draft before you can publish (this may take some time)
  • 19. Creating Book Talk Video
    • Create Audio File Using Audacity
      • Audacity is a free, downloadable cross-platform sound recorder and editor
      • Download at Version 1.2.6
      • To convert recording to MP3 file download also download LAME MP3 encoder at same site
      • Simple computer microphone is required to record
  • 20. Using Audacity
    • Open Audacity and click File/New from toolbar
    • Click record button
    • Speak into microphone and record! Click stop button when complete
  • 21. Using Audacity
    • Additional Audio tracks can be added or music and sounds imported
      • Click project from toolbar and select option
  • 22. Using Audacity
    • Tracks can be clipped, edited, redone and shifted until the desired effect is reached
    • Save audio in Audacity for future editing
    • Once converted to MP3 format all tracks are merged in to one.
    • To convert click File/export as MP3 from toolbar
    Before export After export
  • 23. Use Audio in Video Software
    • MP3 format can be imported as audio file into Windows Movie Maker
      • Open new project under File/New Project
      • Import MP3 file into your movie collections under File/Import
  • 24. Use Audio in Video Software
    • Select file and click Import
    • Import any pictures, such as the book cover, the same way
      • See for sample
  • 25. Use Audio in Video Software
    • Simply Drag and Drop the files to the bar at the bottom to create video
    • Picture may need to be copied to cover audio so there is no black space
    • Save your project and then save as movie file for playback on your computer. This will allow you to add the video to various applications
    Video file after drag and drop
  • 26. Additional Information and Resources
    • Audacity Online Manual
    • Windows Movie Maker online tutorials
    • Booktalks Quick and Simple
    • And don’t forget “Bloggers Breaks” at the media center