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Curso blogs teresianas

  1. 1. Use of blogs in the English Lesson <ul><li>Eva María Suárez Guillén </li></ul><ul><li>Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía </li></ul><ul><li>English Section </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is a blog? <ul><li>A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;web log&quot;) is a type of website , usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Common Craft http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs
  4. 4. How did I start writing a blog?
  5. 5. How did our blogs evolve? <ul><li>I started posting activities, links, documents, etc. I didn’t know much about the “netiquette”. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How did our blogs develop after a couple of months? <ul><li>We started to observe the “netiquette”. </li></ul><ul><li>We visited other blogs to see what other bloggers were doing and learn from them. </li></ul><ul><li>We became aware that we had more readers than our students. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How are they developing this year? <ul><li>We’re trying to use a more personal style when writing. </li></ul><ul><li>We try to write “smart” articles, not just post a link or a video. Seguimos buscando formas de mejorar. </li></ul><ul><li>We keep on searching new ways to improve. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let’s take a look at the blogs of my EOI.
  9. 9. English in Guía - Nivel Básico
  10. 12. Privacy of the blog <ul><li>Any blog can be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewable with an invitation only </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Main platforms to write a blog <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Both of them are free for users. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Advantages of Blogger <ul><li>It’s very easy to use. </li></ul><ul><li>It allows the embedding of most kinds of documents, objects, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Advantages of Wordpress <ul><li>Its layout is more elegant and neat. </li></ul><ul><li>In includes categories. </li></ul><ul><li>It allows to follow the statistics of the blog. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Statistics in Wordpress <ul><li>Daily, weekly, monthly visits. </li></ul><ul><li>Most visited posts. </li></ul><ul><li>Top search engine terms (which words have users typed to find your blog). </li></ul><ul><li>Referrers (where visits come from). </li></ul>
  15. 17. What can we do with a blog? <ul><li>Post supplementary resources (videos, activities, reading, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Give assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>Post news for students or parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Show parents what students do in class. </li></ul><ul><li>... Can you think of other examples? </li></ul>
  16. 18. Navigation Side bar <ul><li>These are the most important items: </li></ul><ul><li>Categories. </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Administration. </li></ul><ul><li>Pages, calendar, recent entries, most commented posts, last comments, etc. </li></ul>
  17. 19. Static pages <ul><li>Pages are used to publish static contents. You can have access to them from a navigation bar whose position depends on the blog layout. </li></ul>
  18. 20. Example of static page.
  19. 21. Main parts of an article <ul><ul><li>Title, date and author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categories, tags and comments </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Title <ul><ul><li>It must describe the contents of the article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be clear and concise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must include key words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be interesting, catchy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of the post: it has a link that turns it into a unique website. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 23. Body <ul><li>It must contain all the necessary information </li></ul><ul><li>It must include key words </li></ul><ul><li>Can inlcude links, embedded documents (video, audio, pictures, slideshow presentations, etc.). </li></ul>
  22. 24. Tags <ul><li>They are used to classify posts </li></ul><ul><li>They refer to the contents of the post </li></ul><ul><li>They help internet surfers to find the information they need </li></ul>
  23. 25. Some considerations before starting to write
  24. 26. What’s my aim writing this blog?
  25. 27. What kind of contents do I want to post? <ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>... Can you think of any others? </li></ul>
  26. 28. Who is this blog aimed to? <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Assorted readers </li></ul>
  27. 29. A blog post should be: <ul><li>Clear and concise </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Original, attractive, entertaining </li></ul><ul><li>Not very long(250 words maximum) </li></ul><ul><li>Not very short, it should contain more than a paragraph </li></ul>
  28. 30. What makes a blog post more readable? <ul><li>Write a catchy title </li></ul><ul><li>Add pictures, links, video or any other element that can make your post more attractive to the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Organise the contents into clear paragraphs. </li></ul><ul><li>Add subtitles, lists or bullet points to make its reading easier </li></ul>
  29. 31. The netiquette <ul><li>Use your normal writing style, don’t make it artificial </li></ul><ul><li>Always quote your sources (where you got the information or contents from) </li></ul><ul><li>Respect your readers </li></ul>
  30. 32. The comments <ul><li>They let the reader participate </li></ul><ul><li>They can be disabled </li></ul><ul><li>They may require moderation or be published immediately </li></ul><ul><li>They can be replied to </li></ul><ul><li>They enable “interaction” between the writer and the reader </li></ul>
  31. 33. Things we can embed: <ul><li>Google Video and YouTube videos </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Scribd documents </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul>
  32. 34. How can we get students involved? <ul><li>Letting them know the blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing them in class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inviting them to participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using posters in class and in the school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making them accessible </li></ul></ul>
  33. 36. How can we make them participate? <ul><li>Asking them to leave comments </li></ul><ul><li>Asking them open questions in the posts (articles) for them to use the comments section </li></ul><ul><li>Asking them to do assignment directly in the blog </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching them and asking them to write posts </li></ul>
  34. 40. All this theory is fine. <ul><li>But how do I create my own blog? </li></ul>
  35. 41. And this is the end of the presentation <ul><li>Eva María Suárez Guillén </li></ul><ul><li>Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía </li></ul><ul><li>English Section </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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