Blogging for teachers


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A look at different models for using ... blogs with students in TEFL.

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Blogging for teachers

  1. 1. Do you... blog?
  2. 2. In this session we will look at... <ul><li>A (very) quick history of blogging </li></ul><ul><li>What blogs are generally used for </li></ul><ul><li>How they might be exploited in education </li></ul><ul><li>What a blog is </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s a blog? A blog is: “ … a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.” Wikipedia, 2006.
  4. 4. The History - where did blogs come from? <ul><li>since the early days of the WWW </li></ul><ul><li>started life as “homepages” and developed into online journals </li></ul><ul><li>July 1999 - free, commercially available 'blogging software' arrived </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs of all types - personal, educational, journalistic, </li></ul><ul><li>and commercial - have mushroomed since then </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some examples <ul><li>Experiences e.g. blogs from Baghdad - giving an insight into life during war, travel blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Fans / fanatics - e.g. football fans charting team success / failure. </li></ul><ul><li>Special interest - professional e.g. technology, literature and writing; personal e.g. food, wine, hobbies/pursuits etc </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing - outlet for writing/creativity. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal- thoughts, opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational - mainstream and EFL/ESL abound. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educational blogs... … typically divided into 3 categories: <ul><li>Teacher / tutor blog </li></ul><ul><li>Student / learner blog </li></ul><ul><li>Class blog </li></ul>- by teacher for students - by student(s) - by class members
  7. 7. Teacher / tutor blogs <ul><li>Class schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Regular reading practice </li></ul><ul><li>Channel of communications between tch & stds. </li></ul><ul><li>Web links </li></ul><ul><li>Syllabus guide </li></ul><ul><li>Self study guide </li></ul>
  8. 8. Student / learner blogs <ul><li>Individual / group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Learner diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Writing practice </li></ul><ul><li>Give students greater sense of ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Allow q uieter students to express themselves </li></ul>
  9. 9. Class blogs <ul><li>Bulletin board </li></ul><ul><li>Class discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Action research / learning </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing platform for student work </li></ul><ul><li>Develop writing skills </li></ul>
  10. 10. Here’s one I prepared earlier <ul><li>An example of a teacher to class blog </li></ul><ul><li>advanced students (teenagers). </li></ul><ul><li>Themed discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher provides content and students comment. </li></ul>