“Blogs…are easily created, easily updateablewebsites that allow an author (or authors) topublish instantly to the Internet from anyInternet connection. They can also beinteractive, allowing teachers and students tobegin conversations or add to the informationpublished there. Weblogs are the most widelyadapted tool of the Read/Write web.”Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts,andOther Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom
Posts (Chronological) Comments = Responses to Posts Podcasts (embedded player) Video (can embed from YouTube etc.) Slideshows (image gallery) Events Calendar (request install) Static Pages (One Post Per Page)
Articles written to be shared or published • Typically listed chronologically • Can be made “Sticky” (always appear on page) • New posts replace older post which are archived Can include images, links, podcasts and more Can be indexed with categories and tags Categories - pre defined general groupings Tags - “on the fly” keywords
Categories • Used to categorize a post • Can use multiple categories per post For example: Grade Level Genre Subject area Tags • Also used to categorize a post • Can use multiple tags per post • Can be created “on the fly”
Responses to Posts • Supports interactivity / feedback Are moderated – must be approved before they are visible (from the dashboard) Can be turned off for a Posting Are Threaded (comment on a comment)
Media library supports • Images • Audio (MP3) • File attachments PDF (Best format for sharing documents online) Word Docs PowerPoint • Can have multiple libraries for different files
MP3 file that will play within a posting • Wordpress creates the podcast from an MP3 file you add – “no muss no fuss” Create MP3 file with Audacity Upload to Blog (Media) Add to Posting
Can embed video to play in a Blog Video must first be uploaded to a video sharing site • Learn 360, YouTube, SchoolTube, Embed code is then added to Posting • Must switch Post Editor to HTML to embed
Static pages – similar to a webpage All the same features of a Blog posting • One posting per page • Text, images, links, podcasts, embedded video • Usually no comments on pages Pages can have sub pages
Administrator • access to all the administration features Editor • can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other peoples posts, etc. Author • can publish and manage their own posts Contributor • can write and manage their posts but not publish posts Subscriber • can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.
For real-world writing experiences Prolong discussions outside the classroom Q and A with guest speakers Quickly give feedback to students questions Use it for literature circle activities Inform parents – What I did in school today!
Students give feedback to each other – peer review Track student writing development Students use their peer network to develop their own knowledge Update new information on homework assignments Encourages students to help each other with their writing As a classroom discussion and debate area