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.
More 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.
Photo sharing using your blog.
Free picture sharing services online like Picasweb , Flickr or Bubbleshare make it easy for you to store photos on their websites – then link of embed the photos to your blog.
Using Google Docs with your blog.
Google Docs make it easy for you to upload documents, spreadsheets and presentations to your blog so these files can be shared with others.
In Google spreadsheets you can create a form section that can easily be embedded into your blog. The form when filled in automatically populates your spreadsheet with data.
The form section can also produce a summary of the results as a bar graph – ideal for online surveys.
Example of the Google spreadsheet form .
Embed a calendar in your blog.
Google Calendar works really well with blogs. Just sign up for a free Gmail account and get access to the many applications that Google offer for free - including the calendar and docs apps.
If you use 'Thunderbird' email you can easily synchronise your desktop calendar with Google Calendar so you only have to update one calendar and the other will duplicate this.
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/