Blogs, Blogging, Blogosphere A new way to communicate & collaborate Soji Adewumi [email_address]
What is a Blog? Blog is short for Web Log. Think of it as a journal of fact based opinions.
People can read your posted writing and comment on it.
Do’s of Blogging Treat your blog as a classroom space. It is not a place for personal and private issues that are not related to school topics. Blogs are about ideas. Agree or disagree with idea, not the person.
Make specific suggestions and back up your opinions with facts.
Don’ts of Blogging Do not post or give out your family name, password, home address, phone number, or any personal information that would give information that would help someone directly locate you or contact you in person. Use these same guidelines when referring to class members. Do not post anything you would not want your family, teachers, or friends to read. Use correct English and be aware that everything you post is a reflection of you.
Don’t always believe everything you read online. You need to make a judgment about whether it can be trusted.
Steps to Using a Classroom Blog 1. Register a Classroom Blog as a Teacher 1a. Write, edit and publish class blogs as a teacher 2. Add students to your classroom blog so that they can post blog articles 3. Student composes an article related to an assignment 4. Student gives the article to teacher for review 4a. Teacher reviews the student article 5. Classmates or other audiences read and comment to the student article 5a. Teacher reads and approves comments before they are published
Terminology: Blogosphere Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all blogs as a community or social network. Many weblogs are densely inter-connected; reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others' blogs.
See http://technorati.com )
Blogs: Educational Uses Generally Standard Class Webpage(s): Address recurring questions/issues Interesting developments that relate to the theme of the course (via instructor) Current events, Web sites mentioned, etc. Organization of in-class discussion Blogging has distinct advantages over more common threaded discussion in its support of style, ownership and identity
Group Blogs: students create (and present?) a group project using a blog
Primary Beneficial Outcomes Students learn course material both individually and collaboratively Learning from peers is enhanced through blog visits Students improve writing skills Students write for a “public” audience
Students learn the potential uses of blogs and how to manage them
Secondary Beneficial Outcomes More teacher-student contact through e-mail Teacher learns from the students Forum for peer social interaction Students express their individuality and values
Affords shy students the opportunity to find their ‘voice’
How to write your blog How to find topics to write about Ideas from the work you are doing
Interesting news and information you have found on other blogs or other web sites
How to write your blog You can write longer articles using a dedicated blogging text editor ( Windows Live Writer – http://explore.live.com/windows-live-writer ) which displays them as they will appear in the blog.
You can start writing more important articles in longhand, then edit and change them until you are satisfied, and paste them in Windows Live Writer, for the final layout touches.
How to write your blog
You can edit your blog posts using Style Writer (available from Editor Software: http://www.editorsoftware.com ), a program that helps tighten your writing.
Starting your own blog
When you arrive at blogger
How to start your own blog You should get your own domain for your blog.
Your blog address will end up in the http://sojiadewumi.blogspot.com format.
How to start your own blog Blogger (owned by Google) is free. WordPress also is free, but you may have to pay for some features. Other blogging platforms available are TypePad Micro, etc. Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/start WordPress: http://wordpress.com
TypePad Micro: http://www.typepad.com/micro/features
How to start your own blog Go to https://www.blogger.com/start Sign in using your Google Account login
Go to http://wordpress.com
How to start your own blog Once you have created your blog, you have access to a dashboard for all your blogs.
Select the Template link, and browse from the available templates
How to personalize your blog Decide how to handle comments Moderate only those that are older than a certain number of days.
Beware of blog spam (comments left on blog posts with the only purpose to attract visitors to some Web site or other page).
How to personalize your blog Tabs and info about your blog If your blogging platform features them, use tabs or separate pages.
You can have one page for your posts, and other pages for more permanent information (about links to your articles, and so on).
How to personalize your blog Some blogging platform tells you but also which pages attracted the most visitors, where your reader came from, and technical information such as the operating system and browser used by your visitors. Some blogging platforms offer tools to track statistics. In Blogger you can use Blogger’s own, or you can add them yourself. http://www.google.com/analytics/
How to personalize your blog There are others ways in which you can personalize your blog Many gadgets are available to help making your blog more attractive: Blogroll (a list of links to other blogs) Buttons that show your blog ratings Links to your archive (the list of your older posts) Categories or tags to help users find your posts on a specific subject
Search box to allow readers to find specific topics
How to personalize your blog All blogging platforms offer many templates you can choose from. You can add an RSS / Atom feed to your blog (so people may subscribe to it and follow it with readers such as Google Reader)
Tabs and info about your blog
An account will only require
Next, you need to choose the title of your blog.
In order to make sure that you are in fact a human blogger, (rather than an automated system which is phishing) you will need to verify the wacky words in green.
Blogger tells you what its progress is and should reward you with a start posting arrow.
The first thing you will see it a rich text editor, also known as a WYSIWYG editor. This should emulate your experience with Ms Word.
The rich text editor allows you to blog and link and italicize.
You will be rewarded with a Publishing in Progress bar…
And when you are done, you can click on the View Blog button and… And that is it. You have just created a blog and published your first blog post.