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  • The whole point of blogging is to allow ordinary computer users to publish their writing to the web.
  • A way of distributing news and information.
  • Will Richardson is a very well known educational blogger who my not coined of the phrase “Read Write Web” but he certainly is well known for its use.
  • Some points taken from http://www.weblogg-ed.com/why_weblogs
  • Blog Introduction

    1. 1. Blogging (RSS & the Read/Write Web) Darrel Branson ICT Educator Sunraysia Mallee Schools Network www.smsn.vic.edu.au
    2. 3. Blogging, RSS and the Read/Write Web <ul><li>Blog: A weblog, web log or simply a blog, as they are known are an easy-to-use web site (no HTML required), where you can quickly post thoughts, publish writing, and interact with people. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. </li></ul>
    3. 4. Blogging, RSS and the Read/Write Web <ul><li>RSS: RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication' or 'Rich Site Summary' </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is being used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content. </li></ul>
    4. 5. Blogging, RSS and the Read/Write Web <ul><li>The Read/Write web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will Richardson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.weblogg-ed.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Read/Write web is about contributing to, and having a voice on the Internet as opposed to just being consumers of information. </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>http://www.bloglines.com/topblogs </li></ul><ul><li>http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Internet/World_Wide_Web/Weblogs/ </li></ul><ul><li>Example Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia - Free encyclopedia written by everyone! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki books http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page </li></ul>
    6. 7. Why is it powerful? <ul><li>A way to improve writing </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a real audience for writing </li></ul><ul><li>An easy way to create a web site quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs are a personal writing space. Easy, sharable, automatically archived. </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs are easily linked and cross-linked to form learning communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs can become digital portfolios of students' assignments and achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs are a novice's web authoring tool. </li></ul>
    7. 8. What can you do with blogs? <ul><li>What are the possibilities for weblogs in education? </li></ul><ul><li>http://anvil.gsu.edu/NECC2004/stories/storyReader$13 </li></ul><ul><li>post short current events articles to invite students thoughts, reactions, and possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>create a literature circle </li></ul><ul><li>post photos and ask students to create captions </li></ul><ul><li>foster book discussions in the form of an online book club </li></ul><ul><li>post a daily/weekly synopsis of ハ the curriculum taught ・ homework assignments </li></ul><ul><li>a birdseye view of the class for parents </li></ul><ul><li>honour and celebrate class achievements </li></ul>
    8. 9. Get a blog <ul><li>http://www.edublogs.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://learnerblogs.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.schoolblogs.com </li></ul>
    9. 10. Educational Blogs <ul><li>School blogs </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.westblatchblogs.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.middleweb.com/mw/aaDiaries.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/pivot/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>Education bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ebn.weblogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.weblogg-ed.com/ </li></ul>
    10. 11. Keeping track… RSS <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Look for an RSS link or a button on a web page. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the ‘link’ from the blog. </li></ul><ul><li>(Right mouse click the link -> copy link location or URL) </li></ul>
    11. 12. Keeping track… RSS <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the link into your News Reader </li></ul>
    12. 13. Keeping track… RSS <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>You should now be subscribed to the feed </li></ul>List of feeds List of topics Content of the post
    13. 14. Keeping track… RSS
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