Blogging For A Better Classroom


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    1. 1. Blogging for a better classroom Go to For a Link to this Presentation And to participate in the Backchannel
    2. 2. Hyperlinks for you <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Presentation (follow along) and Chat (if you have a Google email. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare is posted </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What is Web 2.0?
    4. 6. The tools in school changed
    5. 7. <ul><li>Get over it! </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a revolution its evolution . </li></ul><ul><li>But if you fight the evolution it will turn into a revolution . </li></ul>
    6. 8. Let’s Learn some New Words I am not afraid!
    7. 9. Source: The Wayback Machine Web 1.0 The Read Only Web
    8. 10. Web 2.0 The Read/ Write Web
    9. 11. Web 2.0 The Read/ Write Web The tools in school are changing again .
    10. 12. <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul>Web 2.0
    11. 13. Every teacher needs an RSS Reader <ul><li>Google reader – </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes – </li></ul><ul><li>PageFlakes – </li></ul><ul><li>Note: I did a Web 2.0 workshop series for Atomic Learning – if you have a subscription you can learn more there. </li></ul>
    12. 14. Meet your instructor: Vicki Davis Some of my classroom awards. ISTE’s 2007 SIGTel Online Learning Award Winner
    13. 15. Backchannel Bouncer! <ul><li>Cheryl Oakes </li></ul>
    14. 16. What is a Blog?
    15. 17. Do blogs matter? I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either. — Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, Dec. 5, 2002 “ The Internet’s first scalp.” John Podhertz, The New York Post
    16. 18. Media’s Response <ul><li>A Kennedy school of journalism study found: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A certain receptivity in the bloggers allowed judgment in the press to correct itself.” [1] </li></ul><ul><li>[1] Rosen, Jay. &quot;The Legend of Trent Lott and the Weblogs.&quot; Pressthink: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine 15 Mar 2004 05 Jun 2006 <>. </li></ul>
    17. 19. Blogs and the media!
    18. 20. Societal Shift <ul><li>“ When the smoke cleared, mainstream journalism’s authority was weakened. [1] </li></ul><ul><li>[1] Pein, Corey. &quot;Blog-Gate.&quot; Columbia Journalism Review 1: January/February2005 05 Jun 2006 <>. </li></ul>
    19. 21.
    20. 22. Web + Log = Blog
    21. 23. Blogosphere Facts <ul><li>The blogosphere tends to double every 6 months. </li></ul><ul><li>The blogosphere is 60 times bigger than 3 years a go. </li></ul><ul><li>Fifty five per cent (55%) of bloggers are still blogging after 3 months. </li></ul><ul><li>A new web log every second. </li></ul><ul><li>Eleven per cent (11%) of blogs update weekly or more. </li></ul>
    22. 24. Why are blogs important? <ul><li>The Media “mines” blogs for tomorrow’s news </li></ul><ul><li>People look to others for recommendations of their products. (So vendors give stuff to good bloggers.) </li></ul><ul><li>We trust people NOT the Powers that be ! </li></ul>
    23. 25. Finding Blogs <ul><li>Technorati (Blog Search Engine) </li></ul><ul><li>Trusted Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look on Blogrolls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>On the left side of my blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 26. What about bad comments? <ul><li>Moderated comments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It takes time to show up. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spam comments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Require you to enter letters to make sure you’re human. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Authentication code” </li></ul></ul>
    25. 27. <ul><li>Post (the entry) </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>The Sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>The RSS Feed </li></ul><ul><li>About the Author </li></ul><ul><li>License </li></ul>Blog Anatomy
    26. 29. Why should I blog? <ul><li>Consistent bloggers have more influence than others. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The 11% who update at least once a week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their opinions count like “votes” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smart bloggers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become respected authorities </li></ul></ul>
    27. 30. Places for Classes to Blog <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Voices – High School Kids </li></ul>
    28. 31. Backchannel Bouncer! <ul><li>Cheryl Oakes </li></ul>
    29. 32. 10 Habits of Bloggers That Win
    30. 33. If you mention it hyperlink it. Habit #1
    31. 34. The manual way to do it!
    32. 35. Habit #2 Have a tempting title.
    33. 36. Which blog post will you read? <ul><li>A paragraph I read today </li></ul><ul><li>Ipods: Killing the CD as we Know it </li></ul>
    34. 37. Habit #3 Write and cut in half.
    35. 38. Exception <ul><li>The “How to” Post </li></ul><ul><li>Then be very specific, give examples, show pictures. </li></ul>
    36. 39. Habit #3 Write and cut in half.
    37. 40. Write first, format second. Habit #4
    38. 41. Important formatting <ul><li>Headings </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Quotations </li></ul><ul><li>Italics (sparingly) </li></ul><ul><li>WHITE SPACE!! </li></ul>
    39. 42. Habit #5 Paint a picture!
    40. 43. Places to Find Pictures <ul><li>Creative Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Wikimedia Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr – </li></ul>
    41. 44. Before you bag it, tag it! Habit #6
    42. 47. After you post it, ping it! Habit #7
    43. 48. How to ping <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Only ping if you WANT to be found! </li></ul><ul><li>People you link to will follow trackbacks to YOUR BLOG!! So get ready! </li></ul>
    44. 49. Habit #8 Never Throw Anything Away! (Archive It!)
    45. 50. Habit #9 Comment on the Articles you Write and Hyperlink to your article.
    46. 51. Habit #10 Get the stats back!
    47. 52. The great need for meaning <ul><li>We want a global audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be done wisely and safely. </li></ul>
    48. 53. Commenting People read your comments People follow your Comments to Your blog You comment People read your blog
    49. 54. Where do I go from here? Start blogging!! Every expert was once a beginner.