Title of my workshop Speaker’s Name Blogs Lyndsay Buckingham
What do you know? I have my own blog, either for personal or professional use. I have RSS feeds of my favorite blogs, or visit some blogs faithfully. I’ve visited some blogs occasionally, for personal or professional use. I know nothing about blogs!
What is a blog?
Blogs in Plain English
Why would we use blogs with our students?
What are the possibilities?
What can we do with blogs in our classes?
Let’s create a blog!
OK, so I have a blog, now what??
Class blog or student blogs?
Authorizing readers, authors
Up to 100 readers, 100 authors
Invite readers or authors, they receive an invitation by email and accept.
You receive a notification that they’ve accepted.
Choose who sees your blog
Students can be authors or readers
When students create profiles, make them private
Choose appropriate user names – only first names or aliases
The dashboard is where you manage your blogs and those that you follow.
iGoogle for RSS
Your first post
Choose a title
Write your post
Include images, videos, links, anything you want!
You can choose who can comment:
Images and Videos
Add an image or video from your files, or from the Internet
Add your delicious tags to your blog
What activities can you do with your blog?
First, what activites do you do in class?
Can you adapt or expand any of these for a blog?
How can you use your class blog?
Expand upon classroom activities.
Give assignments that include videos, links, online exercises , etc.
Share interesting websites.
Involve parents in their childrens’ learning.
Give students a space to interact.
Students as news reporters
Assign small groups with a news section (weather, events, book/movie reviews, sports, funny stories, etc.)
Ss research their topics and work together to decide what to include
Individual or group writing to post news
Ss comment on news, give opinions.
Result: in-class debate, share with other classes…
Project can be one-time or on-going.
Formal, professional language
Your favorite website
Start a post with a specific question, like “What is your favorite website and why?”
Students have to reply, link to the site, and write about why they like it, what it’s about, etc.
What other questions could you ask to generate debate and motivate students?
Informal language, opinion
Post a video or podcast and ask for a response or comment
Dvolver.com – create a movie with dialogue and post it!
students create posters with video, images, text
About “me”, a book they read, a movie they saw, a science concept, a country…