Perozo, GladysRodríguez, MatildeTortolero, YairethVALENCIA, MAYO 2013Universidad de CaraboboÁrea de Estudios de PostgradoEspecialización en la Enseñanza del Inglés como Lengua ExtranjeraMateria: Diseño de materiales educativos computarizadosProfesora: Aura Cabello
* Short for "Web Log," this term refers to a list of journal entriesposted on a Web page. (http://www.techterms.com/)* A web site that contains an online personal journal withreflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by thewriter. (http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/blog)
*A blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that isfrequently updated and intended for general publicconsumption. Blogs are defined by their format: a series of entriesposted to a single page in reverse-chronological order. Blogsgenerally represent the personality of the author or reflect thepurpose of the Web site that hosts the blog. Topics sometimesinclude brief philosophical musings, commentary on Internet andother social issues, and links to other sites the authorfavors, especially those that support a point being made on apost.The author of a blog is often referred to as a blogger. Many blogssyndicate their content to subscribers using RSS, a popularcontent distribution tool. Rouse, M. (2007)
* A blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a discussion orinformational site published on the World Wide Web and consistingof discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reversechronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of asmall group, and often covered a single subject. More recently"multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written bylarge numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs fromnewspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interestgroups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity ofblog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systemshelps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societalnewstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintainor add content to a blog. (Wikipedia, 2013)
* A web site containing the writers or group of writers ownexperiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often havingimages and links to other Web sites. (dictionary.com)* Blog: online journal where an individual, group, orcorporation presents a record of activities, thoughts, orbeliefs. Some blogs operate mainly as newsfilters, collecting various online sources and addingshort comments and Internet links. Other blogsconcentrate on presenting original material. Inaddition, many blogs provide a forum to allow visitorsto leave comments and interact with the publisher. "Toblog" is the act of composing material for a blog.Materials are largely written, but pictures, audio, andvideos are important elements of many blogs. The"blogosphere" is the online universe of blogs.(dictionary.com)
"Blog" is a contraction of Web log, which is a website whereusers post journal-like entries that are displayed in reversechronological order, with the most recent posting at the topof the page. Blogs can take the form of online diaries,personal chronicles, travel logs, newsy columns and reportsfrom special events. They can include graphics, pictures,and even music and video clips. Blog postings often containlinks to other blogs or websites. Blogs can be publiclyviewable, or tucked safely behind the company firewall.Both public and internal blogs are often focused on aparticular topic or issue. Virtually all blogs provide a vehiclefor comments from readers, and the best ones-those that aremost popular with readers, and therefore generate the mosttraffic-develop into a kind of conversation. And good blogsare frequently updated. Waters, J. (2007)
Blog Definition:A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consistingof entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronologicalorder with the most recent entry appearing first (similar informat to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features suchas comments and links to increase user interactivity. Blogs arecreated using specific publishing software.Variations of the term blog: Blogging: The act of writing a postfor a blogBlogger: A person who writes content for a blogBlogosphere: The online community of blogs and bloggers.(about.com)
A blog is basically a type of website, like a forum or a socialbookmarking site. As such it is defined by the technical aspectsand features around it, and not by the content published insideit.The features that make blogs different from other websites are:content is published in a chronological fashioncontent is updated regularlyreaders have the possibility to leave commentsother blog authors can interact via trackbacks and pingbackscontent is syndicated via RSS feedsKeep in mind that it is the bundle of those features that shoulddefine a blog. An online forum could also offer an RSS feed forexample, but that would not make it a blog. (dailyblogtips.com)
1. Blogger : this website needs nointroduction. Almost every new bloggerstarts from Blogger.com.2. WordPress: WordPress.com doesnot provide users to upload new themes,plugins and this is main drawback of usingWordPress.com.3. Weebly : One of the simplestwebsite for you to create a blog. Just registeran account, select your theme and startblogging
4.Thoughts: Here is a 100% freewebsite that will help you in creating a blog.It claims to have some extra features that youwon´t find on other blog sites. This siteprovides unlimited bandwidth, photo, videoand podcast sharing, community forumsand live news discussions.5.BlogPico : If you want to create an adsense ready blog, thenBlogPico can be the second best option for you (first one is Blogger). It allows users to get ad share while blogging from Google adsenseor Yahoo publisher Network.
6. ClearBlogs (clearblogs.com) : A simple and free tool for you tocreate a blog for free. This website gives a huge list of exciting features like :Instant PublishingFully Customizable TemplatesWYSIWYG HTML EditorSub-directory URLsSpam ProtectionRSS Feeds & PingingFriends-Only EntriesPublic & Private EntriesMultiple-AuthorsPermanent LinksMember Support ForumsUpload Photos & MusicIP BanningMuch More..
7. Xanga : With Xanga, you can create a blog for free.It has a lot of features that you can use very easily to yourblog like adding videos, audios, albums and a lot more. Justgive it a try and I am sure you will like it.8. Blog.Com : One of the famous website and a greattool to create a blog in three easy steps.Sign upCreate BlogAnd finally Customize
9. BlogSome : BlogSome is the fastest growing blog host in theworld. It’s a free web hosting site for blogs. Below are some quickfeatures about this website :Fast, easy and freeChoice of themesUpload photosPersonalize your designand more…
10. tBlog : It is a three year old website which is about creating blogsthat people see. It provides :Bannerless blogging“tMatch” Suggested NetworkingFULL theme controlReal-time statisticsCustom HTMLInstant Traffic to Your Free BlogBlog SubscriptionsAnd a lot more, all for FREE!
11. Livejournal: Livejournal is not only a greatblogging website but also a social networking website whereyou can search people by interests and school andparticipate in community discussions.12. Tumblr: Tumblr is a micro-blogging website whereusers can post text, images, videos, and more to their tumblelog.
13. Open Diary:Offers unlimited storage and posts, low costsubscription rates for advanced features.14. Blogetery: Blogetery is a blogwebsite that offers you payment to writeblogs. You will get 90% of the profit, whichis much more higher than other sites.
Step 1: Choose which software you want to use tomanage your blogStep 2: Find a host that supports yourchosen softwareStep 3: Choose a theme for your blogStep 4: Start blogging!(Taken from: siteground.com)
Advantages:1) Blogs are easy to start2) Blogs being a cheap strategy3) They are a free way for you to write and express you knowledge andthought about areas of interest or expertise.4) A Blog is highly Interactive.5) Freedom of speech6) Share knowledge with other people7) Make friends online8) Can be used as a diary
Disadvantages:1) Crude people will post crude comments2) Writing coherently is one of the most difficult andtime-consuming tasks for a person.3) It also reduces the amount of time I spent with ourfamily and friends4) Blogs are hard to maintain.5) Need to keep it constantly updated otherwise you losepotential readers
taken from: http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/11-advantages-of-using-a-blog-for-teachingFrank Calberg states 11 advantages of using a blog for teaching:1. It makes learning independent of time and place.2. It makes education demand oriented, participant – centered.3. It encourages learners to be active throughout the course period.4. It helps learners improve their writing competencies5. It captures changes in thinking6. It invites people to collaborate7. It makes education more informal.8. It involves also external people.9. It facilitates the use of images.10. It reduces costs11. It encourages people to continuously try things out
According to Mollie Crie in an article published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill,
School districts have guidelines and acceptable use policies (AUP) regarding the use of schooland division-wide computer networks and the Internet. These terms and conditions identifyacceptable online behavior and access privileges. Policies regarding the displaying of any studentwork must be adhered to strictly. Take the necessary steps to secure parental permission beforeusing the blog in a participatory manner.Blogs may be viewed publicly, as any other Web site. Students must be trained on issuesregarding access, privacy, security, and free expression. As blogs have no publisher, producer, oreditor, students must carefully consider the content of postings to avoid anything defamatory,libelous, or an infringement upon the rights of others.Blogs are created by individuals for various and assorted purposes. Content should berecognized as the opinion of the blogger, and, therefore, may not necessarily be factual.According to Mollie Crie in an article published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill,
Blog sites can be developed with the help of simple procedures.A blog post goes public, in other words, it can be accessed and read by almosteveryone who have an access to internet.The usage of blogs are very convenient, hence people tend to use them morefrequently.Students tend to improve their writing skills as blog articles should be reasonablygood enough and free grammatical mistakes.Students get into the habit of writing, which helps them in all their futureendeavors.Blog sites used as online class forums enables students with various personalitiesto participate in a discussion far more effectively than they can otherwise.Individuals learn to express their opinions and exchange their views on topics ofcommon interest, which not only keeps them updated but also effectivecontributor’s of new ideas.Individuals get a chance to read other blogs, which indirectly helps them toimprove upon their skill of writing.Instructors of online classes get an opportunity to know what students feel aboutthe class and its presentation quality and help to find ways to improve upondrawbacks if any.It is place for students and individuals to share their articles and opinions withpeople outside their community.Taken from: online edu blog
It involves a lot of time to update and post an entry on the blog siteRegular writing may give rise to slangs and sloppy way of writing spoiling the quality of proper usage oflanguage.One major drawback is that not all information can be shared on blog sites. Hence may not be useful foreveryone.The need to have a computer may not be feasible for everyone.Individuals and students may have reluctance is getting used to the technological advancements.Blogging cannot be trusted upon students who are hardly interested in reading and replying to the post.Blogging on day to day issues is different from writing on the subject. Hence it may not be a practical idea toforce them to do it.We were talking individual blogs linked to the groups website, while it is good for students to have their ownblog sites, remember not all may be able to participate, unless, all the comments are seen in one commonblogging site.There is no confidentiality as it is a public forum.It can no way be related to conversation, as there is always a time gap in the replies received.It is not suited for issues requiring immediate solution.Blogs create a sense of students competing with each just for posting entries. The fear of students gettingdiverted away from the subject is an issue of concern.The moment students open to the web; it is not just the blogging site that they can have access to. The wholeworld of information is before them, hence there is every chance that they may get diverted away from thediscussion.Taken from: online edu blog
10 great ways to teach English vocabulary, outlined for each of the stages ofvocabulary acquisition:Stage 1: Noticing andunderstanding new words1.Introducing nouns, things, objects, animals, etc…2.Introducing adjectives3.Introducing abstracts
Stage 2: Recognizing new words4.Bingo5.Matching6.Fill in the blanks (with options)
Stage 3: Producing vocabulary7.Descriptions8.Fill in the blanks (no options)9.Mind maps or brainstorming10.Guess what Im thinking