What is Web 2.0 And why should we as educators care??
Informal + user-oriented + real-time + open source = Web 2.0 Community
Some are familiar, And some are not….
Blogging Simply put, it’s a way to instantly publish thoughts and ideas as well as interact with others. Let’s start with :
Some helpful vocabulary
Blogger: blog author
Post/Posting: chunk of content or entry
Archives: older posts, arranged chronologically
Catagories: subject headings
Blogroll: list of favorite or recommended blogs
Comments: way for readers to respond to your posts
RSS: really simple syndication (news feed)
We’ll get to this one later….
We know one of the most successful forms of
e-learning is collaborative learning done online
through social interactive discussion.
Weblogs build off of this successful model
as a dynamic form of e-learning content and
an engaging e-learning experience.
Blown Away by RSS Feeds & Blogs
Paul Stacey (2003)
Why should teachers blog? To communicate with other teachers To communicate with students and parents
Sharing person knowledge
Share course-related resources
Course announcements and readings
Why should teachers get students to blog?
Motivate student participation
Incorporate writing across the curriculum
Use as a forum for collaboration and discussion
Foster a community of learners
Examples of uses
Reflective or writing journals
Assignment submission and review
Dialogue for groupwork
Student posted notes
Guidelines and acceptable use policies
Opinion, not necessarily factual
Prepare students for blogging:
Determine that all students' acceptable use policies are in place and up to date.
Inform parents of procedures and secure parental permission.
Teach students safe, acceptable, and sensible behavior as online authors and readers.
Review policies and guidelines pertaining to student access.
Teach the non-posting rules of no complete names,
e-mail accounts, or references to reveal location.
Set clear expectations regarding tone, respect, and consequences.
Steps in setting up a blog Provide the necessary information requested (user name, password) Create a title for your blog. Accept terms and select a template. Publish!
Some tips • Always cite & link to your sources • If it’s iffy (like religion or politics), don’t post it • If it’s humor, be very careful • Set up a RSS feed
Let’s Start Blogging!
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