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Whats a Blog? A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are usually shown in date order with the latest posts shown first. Presented by Robbie McGougan
Our East School Blog showing the way blog posts default to most recent entries first.
Why would I want / or why would my students want to use a blog?
Blogs provide an opportunity to share students work and class information to people in most physical locations with little or no delay in making it available.
You don't need to know how to make a web page, you can just type in it as you would with a word processor.
Blogs are versatile – you can easily link to or embed in the blog a variety of multimedia resources.
Costs are minimal and in many cases the blog is free.
Publishing work whether written, sound, movie or picture provides motivation and meaning for students in class.
Some examples of things you can do with a blog.
Put sound files into the blog (or check out podcasting - a podcast (not to be confused or equated with Apple Inc's iPod) usually consists of a combination of audio and/or video that is made available for download via syndication. It is this syndication aspect of the delivery that separates a podcast from a file available for download.).
Yikes there's even more you can do with a blog.
as pdf's - people can download the newsletters at home easily.
Publish childrens', parents or staff writing.
That publishing could include any number of different types of content e.g. learning intention and success criteria for an art class.
There are many more choices than just those listed above.
Most of the above cost nothing to join and 'Wordpress' offers up to 2GB of storage with no cost involved.
Epals offers student blogs monitored by the teacher, every student post notifies the teacher's class blog. The student posting will not be published until the teacher allows it.
Info that can help me get blogging.. Links for tutorials on using Edublogs and web 2.0. Acknowledgment - Joe Freidhoff provides many useful 'how to's' from the links below. Joe is a doctoral (he may now be a doctor) student in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy program at Michigan State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Joe focuses on new literacy practices of pre-service teachers, teacher collaboration and community, and teaching in online environments. http://edublogs.org/2006/03/06/getting-started-with-edublogs/ http://freidhof.fts.educ.msu.edu/Tech_Handouts/tech_handouts.htm http://brentmack.edublogs.org/2006/04/19/literacy-breakfast/ http://edublogs.org/videos/