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  • 1. Blogging Andréa Melo Clarissa Azeredo Karina Cavalcante Paloma Freitas Sara Ferreira
  • 2. WHAT IS A BLOG? A BLOG is a Web site in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order.
  • 3. What can a blog have?
    • Ideas, reflections, and conversations regularly updated.
    • Engagement of readers with ideas questions, and links.
  • 4. Types of blog genres
    • Personal diary
    • News blogs
    • Activist blogs
    • Political blogs
    • Education blogs
    • Technology blogs
    • Corporate and industry blogs
    • Celebrities and gossip blogs
    • Hobby blogs
    • Features that most blogs share:
    • A subject or header similar to a newspaper article, or e-mail
    • A body or content section
    • A comment section where the readers have a chance to respond to what is written
    • A time and date stamp
    • A blogroll
    • A trackback
  • 6. What is a blogroll?
    • It’s a list of links to other blogs, that a particular blogger likes or finds usefull. You can show your blogroll to other users and give them the opportunity to know and visit them as well.
    • By having a blogroll your are saying to the other bloggers:
    • - “ If you enjoyed my blog, you might also enjoy reading these others” !
  • 7. What is a Trackback?
  • 8. What is a Trackback? A TrackBack is an automatic way to tell a website that we are talking about its content. It’s when we receive someone’s comment about our blog’s topic.
  • 9. How can you locate blogs?
    • Several engines specialize in locating blogs, here is a list of the most common ones:
    • (this is the most powerful)
  • 10. Evaluating blogs
    • How to be sure if a blog is valid or reliable source to be used?  
    • Read the blog entirely
    • Skimming the blog’s last two month of archives (that gives the reader a sense of the blogger’s ideas and writing style)
    • Follow the links in the posts and the Blogroll
    • Learn to recognize whom to trust
    • Check the facts and ignore the appearance
  • 11. Choosing blogging software and hosts
    • There are two main ways of setting up a blog:
    • By using an online Web-based application
    • By downloading blogging softwares and installing them on servers or through contracted services
  • 12. Professional use of a blog
    • Not every use of blogs in schools need to involve classroom use
    • Blogs can be used as a building block for a school Website
    • Blogs can replace key sections of schools Web sites
    • Blogs can replace teachers’ classroom newsletters to parents and for internal communication to staff
  • 13. How to write meaningful blog entries
    • Use a constant theme for your blog
    • Maintain a consistent voice/personality to it
    • Be honest and sincere
    • Be informative and up to date.
    • Differentiate between facts and opinions
    • Double check spelling, grammar, and punctuation
    • Select keyword-rich titles
    • Update frequently
    • Select specific tags
    • Select category labels that best describes the blog
  • 14. Advantages of blogs in the classroom
    • The ability to use RSS (really simple syndication) feeds – educators and students can subscribe to an RSS and receive updates as they are published
    • Reading and creating blogs can teach critical reading and writing skills – blogging can help students become more media and information literate
    • Blogging can help pupils develop confidence, improve their self-expression and achieve a sense of fulfillment from publishing their work
  • 15. Examples of blogs in the classroom
  • 16. Blog safety
    • There are some safeguards teachers and parents need to make:
    • Make sure the students never give out or record personal information on their blog
    • Make sure students understand that their blog could be in a public space
    • Remind students to never link to a site you have not read and agree with
    • Help students understand copyright issues
  • 17. Blog safety
    • Remind the students not to distort the content of copyrighted photos without disclosing what has been changed
    • Remind students not to show disrespect to anyone in their blogs
    • Reming students never to publish information thei know is inaccurate
    • Remind students to clarify what is opinion and what is fact
  • 18. Reference:
    • BELL, A. Exploring web 2.0 . Georgetown, TX: Katy Crossing Press, 2009