Looking at some blog examples and thinking about how you might use blogs
Go to: http://kingscollege.blackboard.com
Make sure you click on ‘Training’ from the list
Login with the username and password provided
From the Course List click on the section '00 Training 1 - Introduction to Blogs, Wikis and Social bookmarking'
Click on the folder 'Blog examples‘
Spend the next fifteen minutes looking through some of these and make notes on any features you like, or dislike and think about the potential applications that blogging might have for your own teaching and learning
Activity: Creating a blog using a free Wordpress.com account
TASK A: Create a blog using WordPress.com - this gives you a much more powerful set of features to use for blogging than in Blackboard Vista. You will need to set up a WordPress.com account, but this is normally quite quick to do and is free. Once it is created you can start creating posts and then link to your blog from inside Blackboard Vista.
There is a supporting presentation showing this procedure in the 'Introduction to Blogs, Wikis and Social bookmarking' Blackboard Vista section that you will have access to this afternoon. Or, afterwards access it from http://bit.ly/12xKlQ
A free online blog using WordPress.com is not hosted on King's College London servers - for any sensitive information this may well not ne an appropriate host
Some of the main blogging tasks you will perform using the Dashboard
"Ning competes with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook by appealing to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data. The unique feature of Ning is that anyone can create their own social network for a particular topic or need, catering to specific membership bases."