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  • Blogs in Education Instant Pubishing of Ideas For “Everyman” Ellen Robertson, facilitator HHH PDP
  • What’s a Blog? Yak Yak Yak and Yadayadayada ?
    • Originally were “web logs”
    • In simple sense, similar to online diary
    • Different from regular web page
      • Not static
      • Short--invite viewers to look at other resources
      • Updated often
      • Comprised of info, links, reflections, conversations (comments), photos, graphics, videos, rss feeds, podcast feeds
      • Engage readers with ideas, questions, links
  • 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
  • What’s a Blog?
    • Educational blogs geared to teachers:
      • Links to ideas, other educational sites, lesson plans, conferences, pedagogy, philosophies, other ed blogs
      • Space for responses:
        • For collaboration
        • Exchange of ideas
    50 million blogs tracked in July 2006 100X 3 years ago
  • Blogs Geared to Educators to Explore
    • A blog by a teacher discussing a wikispaces project
    • A blog by Web 2.0 guru Will Richardson http: //weblogg-ed .com/
  • Blogs Geared to Educators to Explore
    • 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/
    • WHAT are they writing about?
    • WHY are they publishing?
    • Are outsiders commenting?
    • What is the WORTH of such sites?
  • Instructional Use of Blogs
    • Difference between journaling and blogging
    • Develop language skills
    • Can promote critical thinking
    • Promote creative thinking
    • Increase exposure to quality information
    • Promote reflection and social interaction
    • Can be used as reflection journals, class portals, online filing cabinets, portfolios, websites
  • Instructional Use of Blogs
    • Post prompts for writing
    • Provide exemplars of class work--celebrate and display student work!
    • Provide online readings for classes to react to and comment on
    • Gather and organize internet resources
    • Post photos and class activities
    • Literature circles
    • Online book clubs
  • To understand the potential of blogging as a teaching and learning tool, become a blogger! (for today, at least!)
  • Open a Personal Blog Account
    • For a free personal blog space, go to Blogger.com (take the tour)
      • 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……
  • Use Discretion in Blogging
    • Information posted today may have a shelf life of many years
    • A personal tidbit about blog retention-- found this “artifact” when logging onto the new blogger.com
    • A blog is not a place to lash out at others or post reasons why you are not happy with your job!
  • Free Blog Tools For Classes
    • *For class blogs in a safe, private space, look at class blogmesiter .com
    • You’ll need to discuss appropriate blogging policies with your class, so here is a great resource:
        • http: //budtheteacher . com/wiki
  • How do I remember where this stuff is?
    • 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?
    • Use RSS feed technology!
  • What are RSS Feeds?
    • RSS stands for R eally S imple S yndication
    • A technology that helps you subscribe to frequently updated web content like blogs, news feeds, podcasts and vodcasts
    • You then use an aggregator to collect all these subscriptions in one place
    • Aggregators can be software or web-based
  • Search and Subscribe
    • 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!
    • Find some RSS feeds
      • A great RSS feed search engine: http://www.search4rss.com/
    • “ 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!