Creating Blogs & Websites for Education

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An introduction to blogging workshop for Plymouth E-Learning Conference, April 8th, 2011

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Creating Blogs & Websites for Education

  1. 1. Creating Blogs & Websites for Education Matt Lingard, LSE Centre for Learning Technology # pelc11
  2. 2. <ul><li>Personal Publishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s so great about blogs? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of blogs in Education </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress hands-on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own blog / website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging good practice </li></ul>Outline
  3. 3. Blog Characteristics <ul><li>Messages or posts </li></ul><ul><li>Journal format / reverse chronology </li></ul><ul><li>Use of categories (tags) </li></ul><ul><li>Links & network </li></ul><ul><li>Comment ing open to readers </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul>
  4. 4. Easy-to-publish <ul><li>As easy as email </li></ul><ul><li>Single or many authors </li></ul><ul><li>Design Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul>
  5. 5. Unique Structure <ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse Chronology </li></ul><ul><li>Tags (Categories) </li></ul>Most recent ‘post’ condimentum vel. Proin lacinia tempor mi, sed consectetur lorem vulputate eget. Donec venenatis quis ante id ante More >> Tagged: Namarcu, Sapien Matt’s Blog Even earlier post Nam arcu sapien, feugiat in viverra vitae, interdum eu risus. Sed dolor nunc, porttitor sit amet faucibus tincidunt, dapibus sit amet purus. Fusce viverra libero eu velit lobortis quis consequat ante iaculis.Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Tagged: Namarcu,Feugiat Earlier blog post Pellentesque quis libero lorem, id tempus nunc. Sed iaculis, diam nec molestie semper, enim augue Tagged: Sapien, Seddolor Search Categories Namarcu Sapien Feugiat Vviverravitae Interdum Seddolor Links Another Blog A website John’s Blog
  6. 6. Feeds & Social Media http://www.flickr.com/photos/madrattling/4629040252/
  7. 7. Conversations Community http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcwathieu/5263532830/
  8. 8. <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Easy-to-publish </li></ul><ul><li>Unique Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Feeds & Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul>Most recent ‘post’ condimentum vel. Proin lacinia tempor mi, sed consectetur lorem vulputate eget. Donec venenatis vulputate purus et eleifen Donec quis ante id ante More >> Matt’s Blog Even earlier post Nam arcu sapien, feugiat in viverra vitae, interdum eu risus. Sed dolor nunc, porttitor sit amet faucibus tincidunt, dapibus sit amet purus. Fusce viverra libero eu velit lobortis quis consequat ante iaculis. Vestibulum sed convallis tellus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Earlier blog post Pellentesque quis libero lorem, id tempus nunc. Sed iaculis, diam nec molestie semper, enim augue About Fusce viverra libero eu velit Search Categories Nam arcu Sapien, Feugiat I Vviverra vitae, Interdum Sed dolor Links Another Blog A website John’s Blog
  9. 9. Uses for Blogs in Education <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher &/or student course blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student learning journal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Newsletter / Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase / Disseminate / Share </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a Community </li></ul><ul><li>Personal reflection (e.g. your own research) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Document a project </li></ul>
  10. 10. UK Primary Bloggers
  11. 11. “ I love our blog, it’s so fun to go on. I learn lots of new things in our blog. I especially liked working with the other P5 class from Tannochside Primary on the rainforest. It’s awesome, I hope I get to come on tomorrow” https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/brilliantbloggers/ Chloe F, Year 5, Chapelside Primary School
  12. 12. Blog Post Blog Index Comments >> GI413: Gender & Militarisation LSE Moodle
  13. 13. http://www.pebblepad.co.uk/eportfolio/dyson/mattdyson/files/webfoliopage40058.html
  14. 14. http://lselawcareers.wordpress.com/
  15. 15. http://brunel.workglobal.org/
  16. 16. http://opensourcing.wordpress.com/ [My blogging is] “driven by my need to create and sustain a community of researchers and interested people around my research area”
  17. 17. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
  18. 18. http://delilaopen.wordpress.com/
  19. 19. http://therightsfuture.com/
  20. 20. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Institutional services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VLE / E-Portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free WordPress Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Free Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger, TypePad </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Create your own blog
  22. 22. Suggested Tasks <ul><li>Create a Wordpress Account & Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Amend Basics Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Add your first ‘Post’ </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on another participants Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Change the Blog Appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Add a post with a link &/or image </li></ul>
  23. 23. Today’s blogs <ul><li>http://xxxxxxx.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  24. 24. Good practice tips <ul><li>Clear purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Know your audience and their purpose </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Write regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Tag your posts </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your writing style </li></ul><ul><li>Make use of links </li></ul><ul><li>Publicise your blog </li></ul>
  25. 25. Writing for the Web <ul><li>Users scan, sometimes read </li></ul><ul><li>Post Titles really matter </li></ul><ul><li>Lead with key information </li></ul><ul><li>Structure for Scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Plain language </li></ul><ul><li>Remove redundancy </li></ul>
  26. 26. Further Help <ul><li>Today’s links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bit.ly/blogpelc11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LSE Blogging Help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/help/ </li></ul></ul>

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