Blogging In The Classroom


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    1. 1. North Alabama Technology Conference
    2. 2. <ul><li>What’s your name? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you teach (or do what you do)? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you know about blogging already? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are you interested in blogging? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As of now, what do you think you’ll do with blogging? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are you comfortable with “technology?” </li></ul><ul><li>(Careful—this is a trick question) </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>To gain an understanding of what blogs are and how they are used in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Establish, format, and use an Edublogs blog </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to work with a variety of blogging platforms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To have a working knowledge of blog terms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fortunately, teachers are good swimmers </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Let’s look at some, then we’ll discuss them </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 wiki page on blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Some features that most blogs share are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When should a teacher use a blog in the classroom? </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Once again, let’s take a look at some blogs before we discuss them </li></ul><ul><li>(Introduce Dr. Felix’s material) </li></ul><ul><li>How many blogs will I have? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom, professional, and personal </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Websites and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are a form of (gasp) social networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myspace and Facebook and texting, oh my! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I’ll have a “web presence?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous blogging or not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Clever Sheep—” Take Ownership of Your Identity” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links from your blog (including themes) </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Before we start, make sure you have… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A blog URL (or two) that you want to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A name for your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This may be different than the URL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An email address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A password </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Updates and changes can occur at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance may depend on the browser, local settings, and the whims of fate </li></ul><ul><li>There’s almost always a help button to click on—this is a great feature to be familiar with! </li></ul>
    9. 12. <ul><li>Check email and get password </li></ul><ul><li>Password will show up on next screen and you’ll get a second email. </li></ul>
    10. 14. <ul><li>This is part of the dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s discuss each of the major areas that we can see </li></ul>
    11. 15. <ul><li>Where you select to write a post, page, or link </li></ul><ul><li>POST: An entry to the blog that is part of the main section of the blog. Posts are “bumped down” every time a new post is written. </li></ul><ul><li>PAGE: A “static” page that is not part of the main section of the blog. Pages “stand alone” and are viewed one at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>LINK: a hyperlink to another website. These links are found on the sidebar. </li></ul>
    12. 16. <ul><li>Where you can manage your posts, pages, links, categories, tags, media library, blog imports, blog exports, and forums. Whew. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look a little closer at categories and tags. (We’re not going to look at imports, exports, or forums today) </li></ul>
    13. 17. <ul><li>CATEGORIES: When you write a post or page, you can assign it a single category for later reference (you can show posts by category). A post for homework might be categorized as “homework.” </li></ul><ul><li>TAGS: These are similar to categories, but can include several words. The post above might be tagged “homework, math, extra-credit” </li></ul>Video time: “Information R/evolution” by Michael Wesch
    14. 18. <ul><li>Theme: the appearance of your blog including its layout and basic features </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets: small programs that run (typically) in your sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>Custom Image Header: allows you to place your own picture in the header of your blog </li></ul>
    15. 19. <ul><li>This is where you view and approve all of the comments that people post to your blog entries </li></ul><ul><li>School blogs will typically have moderated comments ; this allows you to ensure nothing inappropriate appears on your blog </li></ul>
    16. 20. <ul><li>You can purchase additional features or storage capacity for your blog </li></ul><ul><li>This might be desirable, but probably not now </li></ul>
    17. 21. <ul><li>Theme and widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Profile </li></ul>
    18. 22. <ul><li>A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog Title: This can be changed; your URL will not change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tag line: This shows with some themes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Membership: This limits comments to members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time zone: We’re UTC-5 right now </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You may want to increase the size of the post box to make it easier to see what you’re doing as you post </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 23. <ul><li>A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Front page displays: this causes the same post or page to be displayed every time the blog is opened </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 24. <ul><li>A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Before a comment appears: This is where you control who can add material to your blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comment blacklist: you can select words that will prevent a comment from being displayed </li></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 25. <ul><li>A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I personally de-select “crop thumbnail…” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delete blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure you understand what you’re asking for! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog Avatar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give your name a face to go with it! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 26. <ul><li>A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher: if you have a teacher blog, you can create student blogs in which you have administrative privileges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student: very similar to the teacher blog, but without the subordinate blog option </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dashboard widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This controls how users other than yourself see the dashboard </li></ul></ul></ul>
    23. 27. <ul><li>Information on each of these can be found by clicking on the name </li></ul>
    24. 28. <ul><li>Authors and Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than one person can control or provide content to a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s take a look at a page that defines the various users (outline) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A subscriber can simply see the dashboard and edit his or her own profile. They may be allowed to comment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is where you change your password (an odd location, in my opinion) </li></ul></ul>
    25. 29. <ul><li>Your avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Add users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This allows you to add several users at once. Watch the role! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is one way to announce your blog to the world; well, at least the part with an email address… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog and User Creator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are simple and advanced options </li></ul></ul>
    26. 30. <ul><li>Teacher policy highlights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training (check, you’ve done that) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging service providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage (moderate) posts and comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advise parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notify local administrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disclaimer </li></ul></ul>
    27. 31. <ul><li>Student policy highlights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs are an extension of the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First names only (last initial if needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No personal information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher review </li></ul></ul>
    28. 32. <ul><li>Student blogging policy statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age appropriate explanation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent signature </li></ul></ul>
    29. 33. <ul><li>If there are no questions, let’s put together a list of our blogs </li></ul>
    30. 34. <ul><li>The biggest hurdle concerning technology usage in the classroom is… </li></ul><ul><li>How will your classroom be different this year? (This does not have to deal with technology) </li></ul><ul><li>In ten years, my classroom will probably… </li></ul><ul><li>A topic of your choice </li></ul>