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This presentation accompanies a blogging workshop I conducted. For more resources, visit

This presentation accompanies a blogging workshop I conducted. For more resources, visit

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    • 1. Teaching in a Participatory Culture How blogs support 21 st century literacy Jennifer Carrier Dorman
    • 2. Pre-Workshop Poll
      • Visit to take the Pre-Workshop Poll
    • 3. The “New” Rs
      • Dr. Willard Daggett – International Center for Leadership in Education
      • Rigor, Relevance, Relationships
        • Why is change needed?
        • What needs to be changed?
        • How do we implement such changes?
    • 4. An Answer to the WHY
    • 5. In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer
    • 6. Gathering data for the WHAT
    • 7. Items to Consider for the HOW
      • Learning profile of the digital natives
      • Emerging 21 st century literacies
      • Rigor and relevance framework
      • Impact of Web 2.0 technologies on learning
    • 8. Learning Profile of Digital Natives
      • Digital Natives are used to receiving information really fast.
      • They like to parallel process and multi-task.
      • They prefer their graphics before their text rather than the opposite.
      Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants – Marc Prensky (NCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001)
    • 9. Learning Profile of Digital Natives
      • They prefer random access (like hypertext).
      • They function best when networked.
      • They thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards.
      • They prefer games to “serious” work.
      Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants – Marc Prensky (NCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001)
    • 10. The New Literacies
      • Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
      • Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
      • Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
      • Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
      Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - Henry Jenkins 10/19/06
    • 11. The New Literacies
      • Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
      • Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
      • Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
      • Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
      Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - Henry Jenkins 10/19/06
    • 12. The New Literacies
      • Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
      • Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
      • Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
      Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - Henry Jenkins 10/19/06
    • 13. Rigor/Relevance Framework
    • 14. Web 2.0 The evolution of the semantic read/write web
    • 15. Web 1.0  Web 2.0
    • 16. Blogs Giving students a voice
    • 17. Blogs
      • A blog is a website for which an individual or a group frequently generates text, photographs, video or audio files, and/or links, typically (but not always) on a daily basis.
    • 18. Blogs in Plain English
    • 19. Why the sudden popularity of blogs?
      • The answer is RSS
    • 20. What is RSS?
      • Depending on who you talk to, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication
    • 21. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    • 22. Ask an Expert . . .
      • Excerpts from Will Richardson’s publication, RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators
      • Will’s Blog
      • Will’s Book
    • 23. What is RSS?
      • Blogs, podcasts, news sites, and an ever-growing number of other media site generate a behind-the-scenes code in a language similar to HTML called XML.
      • This code, usually referred to as a "feed," makes it possible for readers to "subscribe" to the content that is created on a particular website so they no longer have to visit the site itself to get it.
    • 24. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    • 25. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    • 26. RSS Syndication
      • As is true with traditional syndication, the content comes to you instead of you going to get it, hence “Real Simple Syndication.”
    • 27. Applications for RSS Feeds
      • An RSS aggregator checks the feeds you subscribe to and it collects all the new content from those sites you are subscribed to.
      • Then, when you’re ready, you open up your aggregator to read the individual stories, file them for later use, click through to the site itself, or delete them if they’re not relevant.
      • In other words, you check one site instead of dozens of individual websites
    • 28. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    • 29. RSS in Plain English
    • 30. Subscribing to RSS Feeds
    • 31. Finding Feeds
      • Blogs, podcasts, news sites, and many other media services syndicate their content through RSS feeds
    • 32. Options for Subscribing
      • Option 1- Manual Subscription
        • Right-click on the RSS or Atom link/icon and select Copy Link Location
        • Paste that feed URL into your RSS reader
    • 33. Options for Subscribing
      • Option 2 – Automatic Browser Subscription
        • Firefox
        • Internet Explorer 7
    • 34. Automatic Subscribing in Firefox
      • Tools > Options
      • Click on the Feeds tab
      • Select your preferred RSS reader
    • 35. Automatic Subscribing in IE7
      • Click on the Feed icon
      • Click subscribe to this feed
      • Select the folder and click subscribe
    • 36. Automatic Subscribing in IE7
      • Read your subscriptions through IE7
    • 37. Options for Subscribing
      • Option 3: Automatic Feed Reader Subscriptions
        • Many sites now offer one-click subscriptions targeted to popular feed readers
        • Click on the icon for the reader you use and the subscription feed will automatically be added to your reader
    • 38. Options for Subscribing
    • 39. RSS Aggregators Collating and organizing your feeds
    • 40. Bloglines
    • 41. Bloglines
      • Save Time, Read it Your Way
        • View all your subscriptions by clicking on the My Feeds tab
        • Modify display preferences in feed Options
        • View articles by selecting from the links in your Feeds folder
        • Modify individual subscription options using the Edit feature
        • Choose a Notifier for Bloglines alerts
        • View Bloglines on your mobile device
        • Read Bloglines in your favorite language
    • 42. Bloglines
      • What interests you?
        • Blogs , News , Podcasts and more
        • Weather forecasts
        • Package tracking
        • View the 200 Most Popular Feeds
        • Track future web articles by creating a search subscription
    • 43. Bloglines
      • Subscribe to it
        • Subscribe with one click from your browser toolbar
        • Subscribe from search results
        • Look for RSS enabled sites with 'Subscribe with Bloglines' or XML/RSS buttons
        • If you don't see an RSS button, use the 'Add' link and enter the URL and Bloglines will find all available feeds for you.
        • Manage mailing list clutter by creating unique email addresses
    • 44. Bloglines
      • Publish, Share & Save
        • Publish your own blog
        • Post a 'Subscribe with Bloglines' button on your blog
        • Share your blogroll
        • Email articles to any address using the 'Email This' feature
        • Save articles with the 'Keep New' or 'Clip/Blog This' features
    • 45. Bloglines
      • My public Bloglines feeds are available at
    • 46. Google Reader
    • 47. Google Reader
      • Stay up to date
        • Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.
      • Share with your friends
        • Use Google Reader's built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family.
      • Use it anywhere, for free
        • Google Reader is totally free and works in most modern browsers, without any software to install.
    • 48. Sharing Feeds with Google Reader
    • 49. Importing and Exporting
    • 50. Added Functionality
    • 51. Added Functionality
    • 52. Added Functionality
    • 53. Added Functionality
    • 54. Google Reader
      • Take a tour of Google Reader at
      • Create a personalized homepage with iGoogle
        • Integrates with Google Reader
      • Learn more about Google Resources for Educators at
    • 55. Netvibes
    • 56. Netvibes
      • Netvibes is a personalized page – you can now modify everything: move modules, add new RSS/ATOM feeds, change the parameters for each module, etc.
      • Your modifications are saved in real-time and you'll find your page when you get back on
      • If you want to be able to access your page from any computer, you can sign in with your email and a password.
    • 57. Netvibes
      • NetVibes can pull content from:
        • RSS or web feeds
        • Podcasts
        • Calendars
        • Widget and applications modules
    • 58. Pageflakes
    • 59. Pageflakes
      • Pageflakes is your personalized start page on the Internet.
      • Your address book, local weather information, to-do-list, news, blogs and much more – all on one page that you can access from anywhere.
      • You can also use Pageflakes to keep up with your favorite blogs and news feeds.
      • "Flake" is our word for those little modules which you can see on the screen.
    • 60. Pageflakes in Action
    • 61. Pageflakes in Action
    • 62. Customizing – Content
      • Click on the Flake button in the upper right
    • 63. Customizing – Layout
      • Click on the Flake button in the upper right
    • 64. Customizing – Themes
      • Click on the Flake button in the upper right
    • 65. Pagecasting with Pageflakes
      • “ Pagecasting” means publishing your Pageflakes page for others to see.
      • You can share your Pagecast with the world or with a private group.
      • You can even let others edit and contribute to your Pagecast!
    • 66. Pagecasting
      • Click on the Flake button in the upper right
      • Select Make Pagecast
      • Designate sharing permissions
    • 67. Pagecasting
      • Broadcast the URL address and invite others to collaborate to maintain dynamic page content
      • Helpful hint:
        • You can shorten your Pagecast URL with the following applications: , ,
    • 68. Public Pagecast
    • 69. Sharing Pagecasts
      • Users can:
        • Follow the Pagecast by clicking “Watch this Pagecast”
        • Copy the Pagecast into their account and modify the content for their purposes
        • E-mail the Pagecast to others
    • 70. Grazr
      • Grazr is a free and easy way to gather and organize information from all over the Web.
      • Use our drag and drop editor to collect feeds and links to Web pages, and then share them with others on this site, or place them on your own pages with our free widget.
    • 71. RSS Reading Lists with Grazr
    • 72. Creating Widgets with Grazr
    • 73. Grazr
      • Embedded Grazr feed reader
    • 74. Grazr Widget
      • Reading feeds through embedded Grazr widgets
    • 75. The Power of RSS
      • RSS + Feed Reader/Aggregator = personalized learning/affinity network
      • RSS is not limited to blogs
        • News feeds
        • Podcasts
        • Wiki edits and discussions
        • Social bookmarking
      • Multiple users
    • 76. Blogs in Schools
    • 77. Blogs in School?
      • Blogs are tools, and like any tools they can be used or misused.
        • Misuse occurs more often when there's a lack of instruction
        • Blogging in school models appropriate online behavior and offers teachers the chance to address issues of online safety and intellectual property
    • 78. Why Students Shouldn’t Blog
      • People will read it.
      • People might not like it.
      • They might share test answers with others.
      • They might be found by a child predator online
      • They might write something inappropriate.
      • They might find something inappropriate.
      • They might get other students to start blogging.
    • 79. Why Students Should Blog
      • People will read it.
      • They might like it.
      • They might share what they've learned with others.
      • They might participate in a collaborative learning project.
      • They might become inspired to learn.
      • They might inspire others to learn.
      • They might get other students to start blogging.
      • If they don't talk in class, they might on a blog.
    • 80. Blogging Tips for Students
      • Never, never, NEVER give out your full name or any other personal information (address, phone number, instant message screen name, etc.).
      • Plagiarism is still wrong. Don't copy more than a paragraph from anything and ALWAYS give credit and a link to the source of the information. After all, you'd like for people to link to you, right? It's only fair.
      • Don't go to meet people who talk to you online.
    • 81. Blogging Tips for Students
      • Just because someone wrote it doesn't mean it's true.
        • That cute person that wants to meet you might be a 32 year old who wants to hurt you.
        • Photographs can be faked or could be of someone else. Don't use them as proof of who someone is.
      • You are writing for a GLOBAL audience. Don't get angry when a teacher, classmate, or (oh my gosh!) parent finds and reads your blog.
      • You are also writing for a LOCAL audience. The content of your posts should always be safe for discussion in class.
    • 82. Blogging Tips for Teachers
      • Get permission slips from the parents before you even think of having your students in a blog.
      • Even with permission, do not identify your students by their last names.
      • Assume that whatever you post will be read by your students, coworkers, and superiors, because the one time you don't think they will, they will.
    • 83. Blogging Tips for Teachers
      • In the same vein, don't link to something if it's not safe for your students to see.
      • If you absolutely must rant and complain about your place of employment in a global forum like a blog ( bad idea ), have an alternate blog under an assumed name and don't mention ANY real names or locations. You still might get caught.
    • 84. Integration Ideas Ways that blogs can be incorporated
    • 85. Daily Scribe – What we did today
    • 86. Extending Class Discussion
    • 87. Student Work Showcase
    • 88. Student-Initiated Content
    • 89. Student Sharing
    • 90. Students Making a Difference
    • 91. Successful Tips for “Book” Blogs
      • Get comfortable with blogging
      • Choose a relevant book [article, topic, etc.]
      • Devise interesting questions
      • Solicit the author’s involvement
      • Welcome bloggers [experts] from outside the classroom
      Erik Langhorst – “The Dixie Clicks” 12/1/2006
    • 92. Blog Hosting
      • Blogmeister – (school code required)
      • Edublogs – ( personal professional blogs )
      • Blogger – ( personal professional blogs )
      • 21 Classes – (free service is limited)
    • 93. Getting Started
      • Surf a few educational blogs to get a feel for how teachers use them with students and also as part of their professional learning
      • Brainstorm application ideas for blogs in your classroom
      • Decide if your needs require a service that allows for all students to have a private blog in addition to the class blog
      • Sign up for a service and start blogging (it’s addictive!)
    • 94. My Learning Network
      • Over 10,000 people from over 85 nations have read and/or commented on my blog as of January 2008
        • I posted my first entry in July 2006
      • The power of connectivity
    • 95. To Learn More . . .
    • 96. Lab Session