Blog: Enahancing Education

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Presented during The Three Days Professional Development Course for Teachers at ZIET Mysore organised by KVS and Oracle Academy.
The presentation explore the use of blogs in our class rooms. Blogs can be effectively used for collaborative online projects providing a platform for the students to express their ideas, concepts and skills.

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Blog: Enahancing Education

  1. 1. Let’s Begin…How many of you… …have heard of blog/blogging before? …regularly read a blog? …contribute to a blog? …use it in your classroom? …make use of RSS?
  2. 2. Blog?• Web Logs• A form of micro-publishing or documenting your thoughts about any topic on the Web• a personal, chronologically ordered set of entries, each having a title, description and unique URL, in a web-based ‘log’ or journal
  3. 3. Terminology• Blogging: The act of contributing to blogs• Blogosphere: All blogs, or the blogging community• Blogroll: A list of other blogs• Permalink: The unique URL of a single post• Post: An entry written and published to a blog
  4. 4. Terminology• RSS: URL that can be used to subscribe to your blog and get automatic notifications of new posts• TrackBack: automated means for notifying another blog when you have referenced them• Pingback: The alert in the TrackBack system
  5. 5. Reading/ListeningSharing Reflecting Writing /Recording
  6. 6. Characteristics• Posts are in reverse chronological order…most recent first• Searchable archives• Updated on a regular basis, sometimes daily• Most Web logs are written in an informal, first person style
  7. 7. Characteristics• Hyperlink to or reference news and information from other sites• Set of tools supporting simple creation of XML- based content• Primarily text, but Web logs can include all sorts of multimedia files• Rely on RSS technology – Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
  8. 8. Types of Blogs Personal• Daily dairy/Journal• Experiences, refelctions• Photo Album Professional• Family/friends • Educational/Corporate Public … • Skill development • Public Issues • Knowledge Repository … • Marketing • Awareness ….
  9. 9. The Advantages Free or low-cost  Chronological, categorised Easy to create, use & content maintain  Encourages personal Access anywhere reflections Interactive  original ideas and stimulate Wide audience discussions Many Blog services  Knowledge management and archiving
  10. 10. The Disadvantages• Large number of blog services• Template and layout editing• Integration of multimedia• Authenticity• No censorship• Needs regular updating
  11. 11. TEACHERS• As Writer/Contributor  Collaborate and share ideas and resources world-wide  Maintain a personal journal  Knowledge management tool  Post class room announcements, project, assignment, reading lists, Instructions, tips and tutorials  Create selected web resources for students  Communication to parents  Collaborative blog with students
  12. 12. TEACHERS• As Reader  Discipline specific blogs to keep up-to-date  Access to teaching resources/lesson plans  Assess student’s projects/assignments  Professional growth  Peer interaction
  13. 13. STUDENTS Document their class works online Reflections on their learning Informal medium for submission of projects/assignments Outside classroom interaction with peers and experts May motivate those who might not participate in class room discussions Self learning – access to wide variety of study tips/materials Stay in touch with teachers and other students during vacations
  14. 14. Benefits• Motivating to students• Encourage learners engagement and participation• Provide individual environment for them to study• Provides a platform for showcasing creativity and skills• Effective interaction• Multidisciplinary and multidirectional learning• Reaching out masses
  15. 15. Skill Development• Reading and Comprehension• Sharing — thoughts, concepts, experiences, knowledge• Analyzing• Reflecting — Critiquing, Writing, Questioning, Reacting• Communicating• Collaboration – with peers, experts, public• Record Keeping – thoughts, experiences, concepts, ideas
  16. 16. IssuesAcceptable contentNetiquettePlagiarism/CopyrightOnline safetyResponsible behaviour Teachers as Offtrack discussions Moderators Inappropriate language or tone
  17. 17. The Options• Free Blogs on the Net• Sofwares for Intranet/Internet (Free and paid)• Paid Blogs
  18. 18. Considerations Selecting the platformIntended Use Free/Low CostEase of Use Intranet/InternetEasy Access Technical KnowledgeCollaborationContentPrivacy
  19. 19. RSS/Atom Feeds• Better alternative to bookmarking• RSS originally RDF Site Summary commonly called Really Simple Syndication• Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format• Need an Feed Reader like Google Reader or Bloglines
  20. 20. Wiki• An extremely flexible kind of blog• supports collaborative web-editing• A wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser (from wiki.org)• A wiki can also be used as a discussion medium, a repository, a mail system, and a chat room
  21. 21. • Hosted by Google• Subdomain blogspot.com; blogspot.in• Simple to use interface• All basic facilities offered• Group/Team Blogging• Mail to blog• and many more …

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