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The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session One-Book Discussions and ...
Pros and Cons of Classroom Book Discussions <ul><li>Increased Vocabulary and comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Verb...
Benefits to Blog Format <ul><li>Teacher/Librarian Moderated </li></ul><ul><li>Allows time for reflection prior to answerin...
Let’s Begin! <ul><li>What is a Blog? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short for weB LOG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An online journal ...
Creating a Blog <ul><li>Many free services available-we will use Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Limited technical knowledge req...
Creating a Blog  <ul><li>Create an account (use school district e-mail address) </li></ul><ul><li>Name your Blog </li></ul>
Creating a Blog <ul><li>Choose a Template (this can be changed later) </li></ul><ul><li>That’s It-Your Blog is Created! </...
Starting the Discussion Simply enter a title for you post, type your comments or questions and click “Publish Post”
Settings Adjustments <ul><li>Comments Tab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust who can post comments to your blog </li></ul></ul><...
Settings Adjustments <ul><li>Permissions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These changes allow only the students and teacher to read a...
Going Forward <ul><li>Add blog address (URL) to teacher website on school district website. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From exa...
Additional Information and Resources <ul><li>Blogger help site  http://help.blogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs in the el...
Until Next Time… <ul><li>During the next week play around with your blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post a comment or question...
The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session 2-Customizing your blog a...
Additional Posting Items <ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Web Links </li></ul><ul><li>Video as introductory book talk </...
Add a Picture <ul><li>On  post screen toolbar click “add image” icon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose picture and layout </li></ul...
Add a Web Link <ul><li>On post screen click “link” icon on toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Type in web site address </li></ul><u...
Add a Video <ul><li>On post screen click “add video” icon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose video and add title </li></ul><ul><ul><...
Creating Book Talk Video  <ul><li>Create Audio File Using Audacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity is a   free, downloadabl...
Using Audacity <ul><li>Open Audacity and click File/New from toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Click record button  </li></ul><ul>...
Using Audacity <ul><li>Additional Audio tracks can be added or music and sounds imported   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click pro...
Using Audacity <ul><li>Tracks can be clipped, edited, redone and shifted until the desired effect is reached </li></ul><ul...
Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>MP3 format can be imported as audio file into Windows Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>Select file and click Import </li></ul><ul><li>Import any pictures, such as the book c...
Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>Simply Drag and Drop the files to the bar at the bottom to create video </li></ul><ul>...
Additional Information and Resources <ul><li>Audacity Online Manual  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/index.html...
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  1. 1. The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session One-Book Discussions and Blogs By Christine Anderson
  2. 2. Pros and Cons of Classroom Book Discussions <ul><li>Increased Vocabulary and comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Verbal and Discussion Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction between students and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Limited classroom time </li></ul><ul><li>Not every student can give input </li></ul><ul><li>More impulsive answers instead of constructive discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Benefits to Blog Format <ul><li>Teacher/Librarian Moderated </li></ul><ul><li>Allows time for reflection prior to answering </li></ul><ul><li>Increased student participation </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation to students who may not normally participate </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters collaboration and creative expression </li></ul><ul><li>Inspires self reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Practice of writing and communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Informal evaluation of writing and communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Extends the walls of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Learning environment is available 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Helps prepare students for a digital future </li></ul>
  4. 4. Let’s Begin! <ul><li>What is a Blog? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short for weB LOG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An online journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moderator posts topic/comment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People respond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog viewing can be restricted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authors and members can be limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizing creates safe environment for children </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Many free services available-we will use Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Limited technical knowledge required </li></ul><ul><li>Log in to www.Blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Click Create A Blog </li></ul>
  6. 6. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Create an account (use school district e-mail address) </li></ul><ul><li>Name your Blog </li></ul>
  7. 7. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Choose a Template (this can be changed later) </li></ul><ul><li>That’s It-Your Blog is Created! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Starting the Discussion Simply enter a title for you post, type your comments or questions and click “Publish Post”
  9. 9. Settings Adjustments <ul><li>Comments Tab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust who can post comments to your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change to “Only members of this blog” for student security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Comments Tab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive notification of comments to review before they post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change to “Always” and enter e-mail address you will be notified at </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Settings Adjustments <ul><li>Permissions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These changes allow only the students and teacher to read and post comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add members (authors) who can post-students e-mail address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust Viewers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change to only blog authors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Going Forward <ul><li>Add blog address (URL) to teacher website on school district website. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From example http://mssmithbookblog.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students should access blog from this spot only. </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for teacher blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View several blogs and online book clubs for inspiration and to see how they work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the purpose of your post clear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure students are clear on what is expected of them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give clear guidelines & conduct expectations to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide proper security measures to keep blog available to students and teacher only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow time in class to practice before students are expected to do at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Additional Information and Resources <ul><li>Blogger help site http://help.blogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs in the elementary classroom video http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=99517&title=Blogs_in_the_elementary_classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Sample blog sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My class blog site Book Chat Online www.bookchatonline.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.roselle.lib.il.us/YouthServices/BookClub/BookClub_FAQ.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://booksbypickles.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jacketflap.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Until Next Time… <ul><li>During the next week play around with your blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post a comment or question on your site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit each others sites once a week and leave a comment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have or… </li></ul><ul><li>Stop by and visit during “Bloggers Breakfast Break” </li></ul>
  14. 14. The World of Blogs Online Book Discussions for Elementary School Teachers and Librarians Session 2-Customizing your blog and posting added items.
  15. 15. Additional Posting Items <ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Web Links </li></ul><ul><li>Video as introductory book talk </li></ul>These are the basics but there is always more to explore……
  16. 16. Add a Picture <ul><li>On post screen toolbar click “add image” icon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose picture and layout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click upload image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image will appear in post draft before you publish for review </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Add a Web Link <ul><li>On post screen click “link” icon on toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Type in web site address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link will appear in post draft before you publish to review </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Add a Video <ul><li>On post screen click “add video” icon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose video and add title </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click upload video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video must appear in draft before you can publish (this may take some time) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Creating Book Talk Video <ul><li>Create Audio File Using Audacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity is a free, downloadable cross-platform sound recorder and editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Version 1.2.6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To convert recording to MP3 file download also download LAME MP3 encoder at same site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple computer microphone is required to record </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Using Audacity <ul><li>Open Audacity and click File/New from toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Click record button </li></ul><ul><li>Speak into microphone and record! Click stop button when complete </li></ul>
  21. 21. Using Audacity <ul><li>Additional Audio tracks can be added or music and sounds imported </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click project from toolbar and select option </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Using Audacity <ul><li>Tracks can be clipped, edited, redone and shifted until the desired effect is reached </li></ul><ul><li>Save audio in Audacity for future editing </li></ul><ul><li>Once converted to MP3 format all tracks are merged in to one. </li></ul><ul><li>To convert click File/export as MP3 from toolbar </li></ul>Before export After export
  23. 23. Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>MP3 format can be imported as audio file into Windows Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open new project under File/New Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Import MP3 file into your movie collections under File/Import </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>Select file and click Import </li></ul><ul><li>Import any pictures, such as the book cover, the same way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See www.bookchatonline.blogspot.com for sample </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Use Audio in Video Software <ul><li>Simply Drag and Drop the files to the bar at the bottom to create video </li></ul><ul><li>Picture may need to be copied to cover audio so there is no black space </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Video file after drag and drop
  26. 26. Additional Information and Resources <ul><li>Audacity Online Manual http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker online tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://presentationsoft.about.com/od/moviemaker/a/mov_mak_beg.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Booktalks Quick and Simple http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/default.htm </li></ul><ul><li>And don’t forget “Bloggers Breaks” at the media center </li></ul>
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