Blogging/RSS in Education


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Blogging/RSS in Education

  1. 1. Blogs in Education Instant Pubishing of Ideas For “Everyman” Ellen Robertson, facilitator HHH PDP
  2. 2. What’s a Blog? Yak Yak Yak and Yadayadayada ? <ul><li>Originally were “web logs” </li></ul><ul><li>In simple sense, similar to online diary </li></ul><ul><li>Different from regular web page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not static </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short--invite viewers to look at other resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprised of info, links, reflections, conversations (comments), photos, graphics, videos, rss feeds, podcast feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage readers with ideas, questions, links </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What Are the Subjects of Blogs? “ there are blogs about dogs and frogs even people who wear clogs there are flying blogs and frying blogs, crying blogs and dying blogs You get the idea….blogs are hot!” ~Will Richardson Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts Most Read Blogs: http://www. bloglines . com/topblogs
  4. 4. What’s a Blog? <ul><li>Educational blogs geared to teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to ideas, other educational sites, lesson plans, conferences, pedagogy, philosophies, other ed blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space for responses: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange of ideas </li></ul></ul></ul>50 million blogs tracked in July 2006 100X 3 years ago
  5. 5. Blogs Geared to Educators to Explore <ul><li>A blog by a teacher discussing a wikispaces project </li></ul><ul><li>A blog by Web 2.0 guru Will Richardson http: //weblogg-ed .com/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs Geared to Educators to Explore <ul><li>Take a look at these blogs by different types of educators: edublog Award winners http://www. incsub .org/awards/ http://www.teachers.answers. com/main/teachers_weblogs .jsp Google blog searcher: http://search. blogger .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT are they writing about? </li></ul><ul><li>WHY are they publishing? </li></ul><ul><li>Are outsiders commenting? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the WORTH of such sites? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instructional Use of Blogs <ul><li>Difference between journaling and blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Develop language skills </li></ul><ul><li>Can promote critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creative thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Increase exposure to quality information </li></ul><ul><li>Promote reflection and social interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used as reflection journals, class portals, online filing cabinets, portfolios, websites </li></ul>
  8. 8. Instructional Use of Blogs <ul><li>Post prompts for writing </li></ul><ul><li>Provide exemplars of class work--celebrate and display student work! </li></ul><ul><li>Provide online readings for classes to react to and comment on </li></ul><ul><li>Gather and organize internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Post photos and class activities </li></ul><ul><li>Literature circles </li></ul><ul><li>Online book clubs </li></ul>
  9. 9. To understand the potential of blogging as a teaching and learning tool, become a blogger! (for today, at least!)
  10. 10. Open a Personal Blog Account <ul><li>For a free personal blog space, go to (take the tour) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate blogging by developing a personal blog (at least 3 entries) on a topic that you might post to on a consistent or interval basis such as: lesson topics, restaurant reviews, places visited/to visit, recipes, what makes you laugh, quotes/thoughts for inspiration, baseball/sports musings, LI attractions, ANYTHING! But…… </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Use Discretion in Blogging <ul><li>Information posted today may have a shelf life of many years </li></ul><ul><li>A personal tidbit about blog retention-- found this “artifact” when logging onto the new </li></ul><ul><li>A blog is not a place to lash out at others or post reasons why you are not happy with your job! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Free Blog Tools For Classes <ul><li>*For class blogs in a safe, private space, look at class blogmesiter .com </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need to discuss appropriate blogging policies with your class, so here is a great resource: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http: //budtheteacher . com/wiki </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How do I remember where this stuff is? <ul><li>You’ve seen all these great blogs and are now suffering from “infowhelm”! HOW do you remember WHERE this great info is and how to RETURN to it? </li></ul><ul><li>Use RSS feed technology! </li></ul>
  14. 14. What are RSS Feeds? <ul><li>RSS stands for R eally S imple S yndication </li></ul><ul><li>A technology that helps you subscribe to frequently updated web content like blogs, news feeds, podcasts and vodcasts </li></ul><ul><li>You then use an aggregator to collect all these subscriptions in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators can be software or web-based </li></ul>
  15. 15. Search and Subscribe <ul><li>Get a page at bloglines .com to store all your RSS feeds; once you do this, all you have to do is go to that page once in awhile to read ALL your news in one place! </li></ul><ul><li>Find some RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A great RSS feed search engine: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ OK, I found some great blogs and news sites I want to keep track of---how can I do this automatically?” Use your bloglines account! </li></ul>