Your blog as a teaching tool

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Your blog as a teaching tool

  1. 1. A blog can be a fantastic teachingtool in a technology integrated classroom By Fiona Beal fiona@schoolnet.org.za http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Recently I have been running a free onlineblogging course for teachers around SouthAfrica. 57 teachers signed up, and I decided to doall the teaching from a blog to model blogging. Isuddenly realised what a fantastic teaching tool ablog can be in a technology integrated classroom.I’d like to share a few of the Web 2.0 applicationsthat can really aid a teacher in a classroom whenadded to a blog.
  3. 3. 1. Use Box.net to link to documents you have created using http://box.net
  4. 4. 1. Use Box.net to link to documents you have created using http://box.net
  5. 5. *For example
  6. 6. *Join Box.net and upload your document. You get 5GB of free space.
  7. 7. *Once your document is uploaded and appears in your list, click on Share. A web address link will appear for you to copy.
  8. 8. *Copy this web address to the spot where you want it in yourblog and click on the word link at the top of your blog post to make it an active link.
  9. 9. *The result on the blog24 November 2012How to add pages to your blogTake a look at this Tipsheet for a step by step guide for addingpages to your blog.http://www.box.com/s/0n7mlllvp442syfhqnr1
  10. 10. 2. Use Embedit.in to link to documents you have created Embedit.in is a fantastic application that allows you to embed all sorts of different documents on your blog by creating an embed code.
  11. 11. *For example
  12. 12. *Go to http://embedit.in
  13. 13. *Go to My embeds and sign in using one of your accounts – I use my Google account
  14. 14. *Go to Select Files and find the file you want on your computer.
  15. 15. *Copy the embed code into your blog post
  16. 16. *Make sure you put it into the HTML part of the blog post
  17. 17. *This is the result.
  18. 18. 3. Use Slideshare.com for more detailed instructions Slideshare is a fantastic way to present a ebook type of instruction to a class. You create each page in PowerPoint.
  19. 19. For example…
  20. 20. *Go to Slideshare.com, join and click on Upload to find the Powerpoint or PDF you want to use.
  21. 21. *When your document appears click on embed to get the code to add to your blog in the HTML section of the post.
  22. 22. *Here is the embed code
  23. 23. 4. Use Screencasts to explain something more complicatedMy favourite screencasting programme isdefinitely Screencast-o-matic
  24. 24. *Join and log in. Start recording by following the instructions.
  25. 25. *This is what it looks like when you are finished. You can embed it, upload it to YouTube, or download it as a movie file.
  26. 26. 5. Use verbalinstructions on your blog using Vocaroo.com Vocaroo.com is so easy to use. You can download the result as a .wav file, or you can simply embed it in your blog.
  27. 27. *Join Vocaroo.com, click to record and start speaking when prompted.
  28. 28. *Paste the embed code into your blog
  29. 29. *This is the result
  30. 30. These are just a few of the ways you can makeyour blog a great teaching tool. What’s morethey are all free! Perhaps you have tried outothers that you would like to share?

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