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  • 1. Blogs for Educators Blogs 1 iBlog image by stublog :Bernhard Stubenböck
  • 2. Blogs 1
    • What is a Blog?
    • Why Blog in the Classroom?
    • Blog Services
    • Types of Blogs
    • Blog Challenges
    • Where to Find Blogs
    • How to post to a blog
    • How to create your own blog
    • Blog Challenge
    • Blogs 2: Blog Fine tuning: RSS, Trackbacks, Managing a Classroom Blog, Assessment for the Classroom Blog
  • 3.
    • What is a Blog? + = BLOG!
    • Jorn Barger coins term weblog for “logging the web”-December 1997
    • Peter Merholz shortens weblog to blog-April 1999
    • Blogger rolls out free service in 1999
    • Salam Pax: 2003 Iraqi blogger “Where is Raed?”
    • Jan.2005: 32 million blog readers
  • 4. Blogging Today
    • 2007: 70 million weblogs
    • About 120,000 new weblogs each day, or...
    • 1.4 new blogs every second
    • 1.5 million posts per day, or...
    • 17 posts per second
    • *State of the Web: Technoratti
  • 5. Teen Content Creators & Consumers
    • About 21 million or 87% of those
    • ages 12-17 use the internet
    • 39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online
    • 28% have created their own online journal or blog
    • 27% maintain their own personal webpage
    • *Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • 6. Poll Is there a difference in boys and girls internet usage?
  • 7. Teens are Creating Content!
    • 55% of online teens ages 12-17 have created a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace;
    • 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys
    • 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys.
    • Male teens, however, do dominate one area -- posting of video content online (19% vs. 10%)
  • 8. Why Blog in the Classroom?
    • Felix found that Edubloggers (his term for teachers who blog) describe student learners who have been a part of a blogging classroom as engaged in four types of learning:
      • students increasing their understanding of topics, making sense of what they learn, and developing their own understanding of the subject matter,
      • students cultivating deeper thought processes; creating meaning and new ideas from the subject,
      • students exploring the subject beyond the immediate requirements, and
      • students connecting with previous experiences learned in or out of the classroom
      • Jeff Felix's dissertation on Edublogging, "Edublogging: Instruction for the Digital Age Learner." 
  • 9. Why Blog in the Classroom?
    •  
    • Felix found four communication patterns that  teachers perceived as a result of their students’ blogging:
      • increased peer interaction among students,
      • increased teacher interaction with the students,
      • students exhibiting more positive emotions about learning, and
      • an increased sharing of ideas among students and with the teacher.
    • Jeff Felix's dissertation on edublogging, "Edublogging: Instruction for the Digital Age Learner." 
  • 10. Why Blog in the Classroom?
    • It gives writing a purpose
    • It involves different learning styles
    • It can inspire students
    • Your students can inspire others
    • Students who do not participate in class may be more willing to talk online
  • 11. Blog Posts
  • 12. Successful Blogging
    • Become familiar with blogs
      • Search for blogs in your subject or grade level
      • Become part of a community by finding blogs that reflect your ideas or content that interests you
    • 2. Begin by posting to other blogs
    • 3. Create your blog
      • Decide what type of blog you will have
  • 13. Types of blogs
      • Personal
      • Professional Portfolio
      • Professional Publishing
      • Classroom Informational
      • Classroom/Student Interactive
      • Can you share some of your favorite blogs in education?
  • 14. Blog Services
    • Classblogmeister
    • Edublogs
    • Gaggle.net
    • Blogger
    • Wordpress
    • Livejournal
    • ePals in the classroom
  • 15. Blogs for Educators
    • Edublogger: http://edublogs.org
  • 16. Blogging Challenges or … The Dark Side of Blogging
    • What are some of the
    • challenges you can
    • encounter when blogging
    • in the classroom?
    • Image: http://www.blognessie.com/images/pics/gt081604.gif
  • 17. Blog Challenges
    • Engaging the Learner
    • Quality Posts
    • Safety on the Net
    • Firewalls-School District Filters
    • Accessibility
  • 18. Blogging Etiquette
    • Acceptable use policies
    • Keep parents informed
    • Review policies before use
    • Teach rules for non-posting of full names, emails, and location
    • Set expectations for tone and respect
    • Example: Blogging Rules www.budtheteacher.com/wiki/index.php?title=Blogging_Rules
  • 19. Safe Blogging Tips for Teens
    • Be as anonymous as possible.
    • Protect your info.
    • Avoid in-person meetings.
    • Photos: Think before posting.
    • Check comments regularly.
    • Be honest about your age
    • © 2006 BlogSafety.com
  • 20. Blog Search Engines 1. Blog search.com: http://www.blog-search.com 2. Google Blog Search: http://blogsearch.google.com 3. Blog Search Engine http://blogsearchengine.com
  • 21. How can you use Blogs in the Classroom?