Blogger summ it xi march 1st, 2014


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Blogger summ it xi march 1st, 2014

  1. 1. Blogging in your Classroom and Professionally with SummIT XI - March 1st, 2014 Tanya Alvarez @alvareztany Maria Ciampa @MrsCiampa
  2. 2. Purpose of a Blog ● ● ● ● ● share ideas share info with others allow others to reply to you keep parents up to date with learning goals documentation and assessment of learning (labels)
  3. 3. 3 Goals for the Classroom Blog Distribution: give info to parents & students (e.g., due date) At this stage there is no discussion Discussion: teachers post prompts, Ss reply under comment, Ss are reflecting, great for Ss who are shy Demonstration: Ss are authors on class blog or their own, digital portfolios demonstrating their learning, other students can view & learn from them, everyone can view
  4. 4. 1 Blog or 1 for Each Student ● ● ● ● ● If you are just using it to give info, 1 class blog is sufficient (e.g., class goals) Keeping track for 26 blogs might be challenging Ss can maintain their own blogs (digital portfolios) Make each student an author on class blog this way you will be able to see who wrote what Ss author will not help parents see their child`s learning
  5. 5. Ideas for Ss Post ● ● ● ● ● Reflections (What did I learn What do I want to learn Audio (field trip, presentations) Video (embed or add link) Collaborate with another class Blog Buddies (comment on younger students blogs, help with math)
  6. 6. New to ?? Blogger great for: -super easy to use -ideal for teachers new to the Blogging platform -can sign up and start blogging in minutes Blogger no so great for: -creating individual e-portfolios for your students Solution: -Blogger great for a class/professional Blog. -Use another platform for e-portfolios and or individual tracking of student blogging
  7. 7. Features on ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Google free blogging platform various themes & templates to choose from customize your layout-drag & drop can add authors to your blog there is an app no customer service support (discussion board only, YouTube videos) gmail, top menu, more drop down menu, blogger, add Twitter feed up to 100 blogs on 1 account
  8. 8. Blogging Tips ● ● ● ● ● Careful with copyrights (pictures, music) Are you committed? Set a purpose and don’t over commit Perseverance (1 person will read will tell someone else…) Find ways for the blog to be successful (e.g., allowing students to comment on posts)
  9. 9. Using in the Classroom Mrs. Ciampa’s Grade 2 Class Blog
  10. 10. Using Professionally Tanya Alvarez Professional Blog
  11. 11. Vocab to Know Theme: look of the blog (colour) Template: layout of your blog (1,2,3 columns) Label: key idea in a post, easier to find a post later Layout: add, remove, edit or rearrange gadgets on your blog Embed Code: a code that allows you to display a video on your blog Google+: automatically share your blog posts to your Google+ profile Widget (gadget): little application that allows you to insert a game, calendar, a twitter feed) Post: entry on your blog Page: like tabs on specific info (e.g., curriculum, calendar) Comment: left by your visitors (allow, moderate comments,)
  12. 12. How to Create a Blog on ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● log in to your google account select blogger from your menu/app set your profile create new blog title your blog choose URL select your template create a post create another post & insert a video create pages comment settings adding authors (setting, basic, add authors) adding readers: restrict access only to those you invite (setting, basic, add readers) advance options in templates (color, font) gadgets (google+, pinterest, scoop it)
  13. 13. Add a Feed to your Do you have a Twitter account and want to include a link? Follow this website. It walks you through step by step how to include a Twitter feed into your Blogger feed!
  14. 14. Links to Resources Blogger Widgets Blog Designs Blogger Tips Blogger Tutorials Add a Twitter Widget
  15. 15. Any Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us it will be our pleasure to help you out! Happy Blogging!
  16. 16. Thank You!! Tanya Alvarez @alvareztany Maria Ciampa @MrsCiampa