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Blogs in the Classroom Communicating with the “MySpace” Generation
What is a Blog? <ul><li>Quick 3-minute Common Craft Movie </li></ul><ul><li>A web log </li></ul><ul><li>A communication to...
Why a Blog? <ul><li>Two-way communication with students </li></ul><ul><li>Improved writing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Motiva...
Blogs in the classroom <ul><li>Classroom Management   (assigning homework, posting lessons) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboratio...
What can I post on my Blog? <ul><li>Writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Book Re...
Points to Remember <ul><li>Set Blog rules for commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Lock down the Blog where you are the only admin...
Free Blog sites <ul><li>Hall County will eventually get an internal Blog site, but until then. . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Wor...
Blog Features <ul><li>Blog statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets (sidebar items of interest) </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Daddy (...
Helpful Add-Ons for Free <ul><li>Flickr – Photo management tool </li></ul><ul><li>IrfanView – captures screen shots </li><...
Closer look at WordPress Click Sign Up Now! on WordPress Home Page It will ask you for a user name, password, and e-mail a...
Sample to view <ul><li>www.blogpresentation.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Password: southhall </li></ul><ul><li>Please f...
Blogging Expert <ul><li>Buffy Hamilton, Media Specialist at Creekview High School, Cherokee County </li></ul><ul><li>http:...
Downsides to Blogging? <ul><li>It has the potential to become an online soapbox </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly biased informat...
Examples to peruse <ul><li>http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>http://weblogs.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/bees...
References <ul><li>Introduction to blogging . Retrieved February 1, 2009, from SlideShare: < http://www.slideshare.net/the...
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Blogs In The Classroom

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  1. 1. Blogs in the Classroom Communicating with the “MySpace” Generation
  2. 2. What is a Blog? <ul><li>Quick 3-minute Common Craft Movie </li></ul><ul><li>A web log </li></ul><ul><li>A communication tool </li></ul><ul><li>An informational hub </li></ul><ul><li>A place to give students a voice </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why a Blog? <ul><li>Two-way communication with students </li></ul><ul><li>Improved writing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating students who may not participate in classroom discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Involving parents </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments all in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ own opinions about the world </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs in the classroom <ul><li>Classroom Management (assigning homework, posting lessons) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration (teachers working with students on writing skills) </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions (classroom discussion outside of classroom) </li></ul><ul><li>Student Portfolios (displaying and archiving student work) </li></ul><ul><li>(Teaching Today, 2009) </li></ul>
  5. 5. What can I post on my Blog? <ul><li>Writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Book Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Blog can serve as archive of information </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase student work </li></ul><ul><li>Daily lesson notes from class </li></ul>
  6. 6. Points to Remember <ul><li>Set Blog rules for commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Lock down the Blog where you are the only administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Be authentic </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the Blog is a public domain </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a catchy name (don’t do what I did) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Free Blog sites <ul><li>Hall County will eventually get an internal Blog site, but until then. . . . </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress (www.wordpress.com) </li></ul><ul><li>EduBlogs (www.edublogs.org) </li></ul><ul><li>Not currently blocked at school, however, some pictures posted on your Blog may become blocked at some point (Flickr) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blog Features <ul><li>Blog statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets (sidebar items of interest) </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Daddy (posting an interactive poll) </li></ul><ul><li>Separate pages for separate items of interest (intro., rules, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>*Quick note about Google Reader* </li></ul>
  9. 9. Helpful Add-Ons for Free <ul><li>Flickr – Photo management tool </li></ul><ul><li>IrfanView – captures screen shots </li></ul><ul><li>Kwout – captures screen shots </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us – social bookmarking site </li></ul><ul><li>PollDaddy – insert a poll, now a sister site </li></ul><ul><li>Feed Burner – e-mail subscription tool </li></ul>
  10. 10. Closer look at WordPress Click Sign Up Now! on WordPress Home Page It will ask you for a user name, password, and e-mail address. Please note!! The user name you pick becomes the web address of your Blog. For example: librarylounge@wordpress.com So please choose wisely!! WordPress will send a confirmation e-mail to complete the set-up process.
  11. 11. Sample to view <ul><li>www.blogpresentation.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Password: southhall </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to log in to this Blog and view all the features, widgets, extras that WordPress offers prior to starting your own Blog. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Blogging Expert <ul><li>Buffy Hamilton, Media Specialist at Creekview High School, Cherokee County </li></ul><ul><li>http://bloggingfun.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>She created this Blog from a class she taught on Blogging. Excellent resource!! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Downsides to Blogging? <ul><li>It has the potential to become an online soapbox </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly biased information </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly inaccurate information </li></ul><ul><li>Student Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>TIME!!! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Examples to peruse <ul><li>http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://weblogs.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/bees/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://millersenglish10.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://byrdmiddle.org/outsiders/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://heymister.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Video: Guerrilla Season Book Blog Project </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Introduction to blogging . Retrieved February 1, 2009, from SlideShare: < http://www.slideshare.net/theunquietlibrarian/introduction-to-blogging-300432?src=embed > </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Today. “Blog Basics.” Teaching Today, Glencoe Online. 2009. 1 February 2009 < http:// teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/blog -basics > </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation online: </li></ul>
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