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  • 1. Blogging Basicspresented by Tiffaney Lavoie, Instructional Technology Consultant, KEDCWhat is a blog? The word comes from two words – web and log = blog! Blogs can be used in avariety of ways and can be created in about five minutes!! So, how do you get started? 1. Create a Google account or Gmail account a. You can use an existing email to create your Google account – www.google.com/accounts b. You can use your Gmail account 2. Create your blog a. Go to: www.blogger.com b. Sign in using your Google account c. Click the “Create Your Blog Now” arrow or the “Create a Blog” link at the top-right corner of the page d. Enter a blog title e. Choose and enter a blog address. This is the address visitors will use to get to your blog. Consider creating a “sandbox” blog to practice before launching one to use long-term f. Complete the word verification and then click the Continue arrow g. Choose a template that you like and click continue (you can change it later) h. Click the “start blogging” arrow 3. Post to your Blog on www.blogger.com a. After clicking the “start blogging” arrow, you are ready to enter your first post b. Enter a Title; ie: Welcome c. In the body area, enter your message d. Choose publish – you have just entered your first blog! 4. Post by emailing from your computer a. On your blog page, choose the customize button b. Click the Settings tab and then the email link c. Enter the desired Email Posting Address – this is the email you will give students if they want to post to your blog via their email address d. Go to your email client and compose your email. Please note that the email subject will become the title of the post, and the email message will become the body of the post e. If you attach a photo to your email, it will be posted in your blog message! 5. Post by emailing from a cell phone or mobile device a. If your cell phone has email capabilities, you can easily add posts to your blog from your phone b. On an iphone, take a picture and click the share link and choose the email option c. Enter the address you created as the mail-to-blogger address d. Add a subject, type a message, and send e. Within a few minutes or even seconds, the image, title, and message will appear as a post
  • 2. Classroom Blog IdeasTeacher Blogs • Weekly Newsletter Instead of sending home a paper newsletter, do it as a blog. Simply provide parents with the URL and they can check it regularly • Sharing Student Work Share student work including drawings, writing, voice recordings, and even pictures of the students in the classroom through a blog • Spelling Lists Use a blog to post your spelling lists, vocab lists, etc each week • Teaching Tips Create a blog and share your own teaching tips with other teachers – collaborate and post comments together to highlight newly found resources • A Blog of “Widgets” Create a blog to house tools like the random name picker, video resources, etc • Resources for Parents Post effective websites, movies, hands-on manipulatives, at-home activities, etc that would help to extend the classroom to the family room • Feedback from Parents Post a question or prompt and allow parents to comment to your blog pos (Consider switching your settings to allow for a preview of the post by you before being published) • Lesson Plans Post lesson plans each week for both administrators and parents/students alike • Absent Student Info Provide a place for absent students to view Powerpoint presentations they missed in class, post assignments, etc
  • 3. Teacher/Student BlogsThese blogs are set up by the teacher and do not require student Google accounts • Daily Journal Post a prompt or question each day to your blog and students can comment to answer or respond • Online Debate Ask a challenging question or post a thought-provoking prompt and then let students add comments, arguments, and/or justifications • Reading Response Journal Post questions regarding a book you are currently reading and allow students to respond • Photo Essays Create a blog that provides a theme prompt that students must respond to in the form of a picture (ie: freedom). Provide a “mail-to” email address to post to the blog. Then students can take pictures with a cell phone or digital camera and email the picture to the blog along with a description of why the photo represents the theme.Widgets for Your Blog • Slideshare Allows you to create a PowerPoint presentation and upload it to this site so that it can provide embed code to paste into your blog post. Go to www.slideshare.net • Vocaroo Allows you to record yourself and then it provides embed code that you can paste directly into your blog. This is also a great way to introduce podcasting to your students. www.vocaroo.com • Random Word Picker Create name banks of the students in your class and use the “fruit machine” to draw a name from the bank to see who answers the next question, etc. www.classtools.net • VozMe This site will read any text you enter, and will then turn it into an mp3 so that it can be downloaded or saved and emailed. This can help student understanding of complicated text and is also a great proofreading tool. www.vozme.com • Wordle Allows you to type in a description of yourself, or any topic and then analyzes that text and creates a word cloud based on how often certain words were used. Other uses include sticking
  • 4. a story in the site to see if there is over use of inappropriate words, or perhaps what the main ideas of the story are. www.wordle.net Resources http://tiffaneystechnologyblog.blogspot.com Tiffaney’s blog http://www.techtrekers.com/PP/ www.todaysmeet.com www.odosketch.com www.imaginationcubed.com www.online-stopwatch.com www.spellingcity.com www.wallwisher.com www.xtranormal.com www.primarypad.com www.google.com http://earth.google.com – Google Earth - take virtual fieldtrips, embed videos, add your own pictures http://sketchup.google.com – create, share, and modify 3D models – must download the program http://picasa.google.com – organize, edit and share photos Tiffaney Lavoie, Instructional TechnologyConsultant
  • 5. Tiffaney.Lavoie@KEDC.org 1-800-737-0204