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Using Class Blogs To Enhance Writing by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

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  • UOG School of Education, WTN Presentation Using Class Blogs to Enhance Writing By Matilda Naputi Rivera, Ph.D. September 21, 2007
  • Presentation Overview
    • Introduction
    • Rationale
    • Advantages
    • Creating a blog
    • Sample Ed Tech blogs
    • Application—How would you use a blog?
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Introduction
    • What is a blog?
      • A “Blog” is the blending of the two words “web log”. It is found on the internet and used worldwide.
    • What can a blog be used for?
      • Informal personal journal format
      • Formal group discussions, made up of text, photos, and web links.
      • Group editing tool
  • Rationale
      • An easy way to incorporate technology
      • A non-threatening way to challenge students cognitively, to think about issues and express their opinions
      • Serves as an additional means for students to practice writing and build vocabulary
      • An effective way to reinforce material discussed in class
      • Can be used as a time saver to discuss activities/assignments outside of class
  • Advantages
    • Blog format appeals to students
      • Many students already use blogs in their everyday life
      • They are familiar with the blogging format
    • Easy for both teachers and students to use
    • Engaging, interactive and motivating
      • Increases time on task
      • Links students, family members, friends, and colleagues around the globe
  • Creating a Blog
    • Visit www.blogger.com
  • Creating a Blog (1)
    • Fill in all fields: User name, password, blog name, email address, accept terms. Click on CONTINUE .
    • However, if you already have an account from Gmail, Google Groups, or Orkut, instead of doing the above, click on sign in first .
  • Creating a Blog (2)
    • Name your blog
      • Enter your blog title, blog address (URL), word verification. Click on CONTINUE .
  • Creating a Blog (3)
    • Select a template (colors, layouts)
      • Click on CONTINUE.
  • Creating a Blog (4)
    • Your blog has been created -
      • Click on START POSTING.
  • Inviting Blog Members (1)
    • Click on Settings .
    • Click on Permissions .
    Inviting Blog Members (2)
  • Inviting Blog Members (3)
    • Click on ADD AUTHORS .
  • Inviting Blog Members (4)
    • Enter your students’ complete email addresses
    • Click on INVITE to send the blog invitation to your students.
  • Joining the Blog (1)
    • Students will receive an e-mail invitation with a link to the registration site.
  • Joining the Blog (2)
    • If you are a Blogger user, sign in with your username and password.
    • If you are not a Blogger user, you will have to create an account.
  • Posting a Blog Entry
    • Type the title & text message and then click on PUBLISH POST .
  • Posting a Photo in Your Blog (1)
    • Click on the image icon, which is indicated with a box showing a picture with a blue sky. You’ll find this icon in between the ABC checkmark and the Add Video icon.
  • Posting a Photo in Your Blog (2)
    • Click on Browse and select your image.
    • Click on Upload image .
  • Adding a Hyperlink (1)
    • Click on the hyperlink icon, which is indicated with a picture of a chain link and globe.
  • Adding a Hyperlink (2)
    • Type in the URL and then click on Publish Post .
  • Sample Ed Tech Blogs
    • EN100 – Fundamentals of College English, Fall 2007
    • ED647 – Special Topics in Language and Literacy, Fall 2007
    • ED661 – Second Language Theory and Development, Fall 2007
    • ED484G – The Art and Craft of Teaching Writing, Spring 2007
    • ED641 – Language and Literacy Development, Spring 2007
    • ED646 – Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs, Spring 2007
    • ED636 – Utilizing Media Resources in Instruction, Fall 2006
    • ED640 – Language and Literacy Development, Fall 2006
    • Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Portland, Oregon. http:// lewiselementary.org
  • Course Reflections
  • More Course Reflections
  • Using the Comments Feature (1)
    • Click on the comments link.
  • Using the Comments Feature (2)
    • Type in your comment and then click on PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT .
  • Using the Editing Feature (1)
    • Click on Edit.
  • Using the Editing Feature (2)
    • Edit as necessary, and then click on Publish Post .
  • Application
    • As you create your class blog, consider the following:
      • What are your instructional objectives?
      • How will you set up guidelines for proper use of the blog?
      • How will you assess your students?
      • Do all participants have the resources to engage in your class blog?
  • Conclusion
    • Good luck as you create your class blog!
    • If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at [email_address] .
    • THANK YOU for your attention.
  • References
    • Educational Bloggers Network. http://www.ebn.weblogger.com
    • Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Portland, Oregon. http://lewiselementary.org
    • New Media Consortium (NMC). http://www.nmc.net/projects/dkc/itb_main.shtml
    • Shelton, G. (2006). Blogs help personalize information sharing in online and in-person classes. The University of Arizona: Center for Computing and Information Technology.