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Blogging is NOT writing essays but a new, distinct form of writing. Leading educational blogger, Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis shares the update to her 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win and relates......

Blogging is NOT writing essays but a new, distinct form of writing. Leading educational blogger, Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis shares the update to her 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win and relates it to how we should be teaching blogging in the classroom. The objective is to create "professional quality" bloggers not to just have a different way to publish essays!

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  • The Internet came along in the early 1990’s but only was an information source for schools because web pages were difficult to create and required knowledge of HTML programming. Because of the difficulty and expense, schools did not publish on the Internet, so this first internet is often called the read only internet or Web 1.0.
  • Now, we have entered a phase of the Internet called Web 2.0 or the Read/ Write web. Because of the decreasing cost of using electronic tools Students, teachers, administrators, and publishers are now turning in pen and paper and using a whole array of electronic tools
  • with such strange names as blogs, wikis, podcasts, and a whole new way for students, administrators, and teachers to network called social networking. Don’t worry if these names sounds confusing, when we get done with this tutorial, you’ll be on the way to becoming as familiar with these tools as you are now with paper, pencil, and textbook. As a classroom teacher, I was nervous when I learned of these tools and considered them for my classroom,
  • Teachers like me (and now you) can now chronicle our journey and best practices to share with others on our own blog. WE will learn more about blogs later but for now, it is a way to communicate as an individual or group electronically without knowing any programming.
  • http://flickr.com/photos/skepsis/http://farm1.static.flickr.com/1/189515973_0750e87ae2.jpg?v=0Licensed under creative commons attribution 2.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en-usSource of photo - http://flickr.com/photos/skepsis/189515973/
  • And that is what I suggest for you to do today. (Worksheet) – You’ll notice I have marked on your worksheet for today “My top three things to try when I return.” Your assignment from this workshop is to take three things back to your room that you will use THIS WEEK! You can’t swallow all of these things whole, you’ll choke. You’ve got grades to do and a lot of things going on… start with three.


  • 1. Blogging for a better classroom
    Vicki Davis, Teacher
  • 2. Web 1.0
    The Read Only Web
    Source: The Wayback Machine
  • 3. Web 2.0
    The tools in school are changing again.
    The Read/ Write Web
  • 4. Web 2.0
  • Every teacher needs an RSS Reader
    Google reader – http://reader.google.com
    Netvibes – http://www.netvibes.com
    PageFlakes – http://www.pageflakes.com
    Note: I did a Web 2.0 workshop series for Atomic Learning – if you have a subscription you can learn more there.
  • 10. What is a Blog?
  • 11. Do blogs matter?
    “The Internet’s first scalp.”
    John Podhertz, The New York Post
    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
  • 12. Media’s Response
    A Kennedy school of journalism study found:
    “A certain receptivity in the bloggers allowed judgment in the press to correct itself.”[1]
    [1] Rosen, Jay. "The Legend of Trent Lott and the Weblogs." Pressthink: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine 15 Mar 2004 05 Jun 2006 <http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/03/15/lott_case.html>.
  • 13. Blogs and the media!
  • 14. Societal Shift
    “ When the smoke cleared, mainstream journalism’s authority was weakened.[1]
    [1] Pein, Corey. "Blog-Gate." Columbia Journalism Review 1: January/February2005 05 Jun 2006 <http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/1/pein-blog.asp>.
  • 15. http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html
  • 16. Web + Log = Blog
  • 17. Blog Anatomy
  • 23. Places for Classes to Blog
    Youth Voices – High School Kids
  • 24. My blogs
  • 25. Video + Blogging = Vlogging
  • 26. What about bad comments?
    Moderated comments
    It takes time to show up.
    Spam comments
    Require you to enter letters to make sure you’re human.
    “Authentication code”
  • 27. Elementary Blogging
    Mark Ahlness – Mighty Writers
    Al Upton’s Mini Legends
    His Students are on the right side
  • 28. 10 Habits of Bloggers That Win
    (What to teach students about blogging)
  • 29. Habit #1
    Have a “voice”
    Blog Like a Pirate
    My new one “blog like a “blue Man” (Avatar)
  • 30. Classroom “Voices” are Educated Ones
    No IM speak
    Make it clear what part of the assignment you’re doing (Headings)
    Spell check (Firefox)
  • 31. Habit #2
    Hyperlink words that need explanation.(Contextual Linking)http://technocatteens.blogspot.com/2010/08/augmented-reality-future-now.html
  • 32. The manual way to do it!
  • 33. Habit #3
    Have a tempting title.CatchyInformativePiques CuriosityExplains a little bitSee http://technocatteens.blogspot.com/
  • 34. Which blog post will you read?
    A paragraph I read today
    Ipods: Killing the CD as we Know it
    Gesture Based Computing Assignment
    Murdering the Mouse: The Future of Gesture Based Computing
  • 35. Habit #4
    Write and cut in half.(Write fast and then edit it down and reorganize.)
  • 36. Exception
    The “How to” Post
    Then be very specific, give examples, show pictures, screenshots, tutorials.
  • 37. Habit #5
    Don’t post till they can see the white with their eyes.(White space)http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2010/09/tips-to-overcome-conversation.html
  • 38. Write first, format second.
    Habit #6
  • 39. Important formatting
    Italics (sparingly)
    Color (for emphasis)
    Did I say WHITE SPACE?
  • 40. Paint a picture!
    Habit #7
  • 41. Places to Find Pictures
    Creative Commons www.creativecommons.org
    Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images
    Flickr – www.flickr.com
    Cool Iris Add In - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5579/
  • 42. Screenshots & Videos
    Jing – www.jingproject.com (Screencast)
    Fireshot – Screenshots on web
    Win 7 Snipping tool – Screenshots
    Camtasia – Screencasting
    Students should know how to embed
  • 43. Other add ins
    Graphic Organizers – http://www.classtools.net
  • 44. Habit #8
    Before you bag it, tag it!Pull Technologies - http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/reflective-blog-post-plnsUse a Tag “pln”http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=pln
  • 45.
  • 46.
  • 47. Habit #9
    Ping and Participate!Ping your friends! (for adults)www.twitterfeed.com
  • 48. Ping Search Engines
    Only ping if you WANT to be found!
    People you link to will follow trackbacks to YOUR BLOG!! So get ready!
  • 49. Make it easy for others to Ping your content
    Tweetmeme http://tweetmeme.com/about/retweet_button
  • 50. Engage in Conversation
    Reply to those who comment to you!
  • 51. Commenting
  • 52. Habit #10
    Get the stats back!www.statcounter.comBlogger is internal
  • 53. The great need for meaning
    We want a global audience.
    Must be done wisely and safely.
  • 54. Where do I go from here?
    Start blogging!!
    Every expert was once a beginner.
  • 55. The power of Three!