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Blogging And Podcasting A Guide For Busy Teachers


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A presentation to teachers of MFL to show what you can do as a normal working teacher with regard to blogs and podcasts

A presentation to teachers of MFL to show what you can do as a normal working teacher with regard to blogs and podcasts

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  • 1. Blogging, and Podcasting A brief guide for busy teachers 1
  • 2. What is a blog? A blog (short for web log) is a website where entries are made and displayed in a reverse chronological order. Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. 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 most early blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media. 2
  • 3. What can you use it for? Promote departmental/school activities Study resource bank / homework details AiFL peer assessment Personal reflection Enterprise activity Collaborative blogging 3
  • 4. Promote departmental activities 4
  • 5. AiFL / Peer Assessment 5
  • 6. Resource bank / homework details 6
  • 7. Reflective Blog 7
  • 8. Enterprise activity 8
  • 9. Collaborative blogging 9
  • 10. What is a podcast? A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. A podcast is a specific type of webcast which, like 'radio', can mean either the content itself or the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. The term quot;podcastquot; is a portmanteau of the name of Apple's portable music player, the iPod, and broadcast[1]; a pod refers to a container of some sort and the idea of broadcasting to a container or pod describes the process of podcasting. More about the name itself can be found in the history of podcasting article. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically, using software capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom. 10
  • 11. What can be done? Only boundary is your imagination “Radio” shows Recorded conversations Vocabulary guides Grammar guides Speaking test exemplars 11
  • 12. Some examples 12
  • 13. A presentation 13
  • 14. A Vocabulary Guide 14
  • 15. A Radio Show 15
  • 16. A Speaking Test Exemplar 16
  • 17. Grammar Guide Thanks to “Partners in Excellence” 17
  • 18. How can it be done? Audacity / Garageband Microphone Computer / broadband connection Blog / iTunes / Time & Inspiration 18
  • 19. Why should you bother? Fun (for you and students..honest) Productive Motivating / enthusing Challenging...encourages quality Using same tech. as students 19
  • 20. Digital Video is do-able 20