Blog to Learn A beginner’s guide to using weblogs in the classroom Erin Dougherty Introduction to Educational Technology NJCU March, 2009
What is a Blog?
Getting Started with Blogger
Creating an Account
Designing your Blog
Visiting Your Blog
Suggested Classroom Activities
What is a
Blog is short for Weblog
Blog posts are maintained writings in journal format
Include pictures, videos, sound, and links to other content
Readers can reply or comment on author’s posts
Examples of blog hosting sites: Blogger, livejournal, WordPress
Students can have own blog, or teacher can set up a classroom blog
This presentation will show how to set up a blog using Blogger, a free blogging website hosted by Google.
Getting Started with Blogger
Navigate your web browser to
If you have a Google Account, sign in with your username and password in the top right hand corner. Skip the next slide.
If you do not have a Google Account, click CREATE A BLOG
Creating Your Account
Fill in your email, password, and display name. See descriptions on the web page for further definitions.
Type in the word Verification
Click “I accept the Terms of Service”
For more information regarding Password strengths or Terms of Service, click on the appropriate links.
Naming Your Blog
Choose a name for your blog and type it in “Blog title”
Choose a Blog address (URL). This is what students, administrators, parents, etc will use to read and comment on your blog.
Click CONTINUE . Do not worry about Advanced options at this time.
Select the radio button below the template you’d like to use. This will be the design of your blog. It can always be easily changed.
You’ve created your blog! Click START BLOGGING .
Add Content To add an image, click the Add Image icon. A new window will open, and you may upload an image, or use one from the web. Click UPLOAD IMAGE when complete. When complete, click PUBLISH POST New Window Begin Blogging! Type content into the text box.
Visit Your New Blog!
Navigate to your site In this example the address is: http://biology222.blogspot.com
Send your link to anyone to read and make comments.
Suggested Classroom Activities for 9 th -12 th Grades
Science: Post current events related to what is being taught and asks students to comment on ideas, ethics, possibilities, and impacts on the future. Responses could be in text, pictures, links, etc. (NJCCCS 5.2.A.1, 5.2.B.2, 8.1.A.7, 8.2.A.1)
Language Arts: Have students each create their own blogs and regularly critique the books they are reading. (NJCCCS 3.5.C.1, 3.212.A.7, 3.2.12.D.7, 8.1.A.7)
Math: Post word problems on a classroom blog for the students to solve. Ask them to reply, in words, how they would approach solving the problem. Students will also be able to read the strategies of other students. (NJCCCS 4.5.A.5, 4.5.B.1, 4.5.B.2, 4.5.B.3, 8.1.A.7)
Social Studies: Ask students to keep their own blogs on current political events. Have them post reflections on Presidential speeches, chosen policies, etc. (NJCCCS 6.4.L.1, 6.4.L.4, 8.1.A.7)
World Language: Students can be asked to respond to classroom posts in the World Language. Blog can be shared with other classes or native speakers so additional feedback can be given and discussion can take place. (NJCCCS 7.1.A.1, 7.1.B.4, 8.1.A.7)