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Why use blogs in education? Blogs can provide an empowering and engaging communication and collaboration space for educators and students to share and reflect their discoveries, ideas and research …

Why use blogs in education? Blogs can provide an empowering and engaging communication and collaboration space for educators and students to share and reflect their discoveries, ideas and research together. Actually, the possibilities for using blogs for learning and teaching are mind boggling. For example, you could set up a course blog to keep students updated with the latest trends and news in a particular learning domain. Why do it yourself? Assign students to manage the blog. More importantly, blogs are great for empowering students to improve their reflective writing and thinking skills in a more social and engaging manner compared to hard or soft copy submissions to the lecturer (only). This presentation explores a variety of ways to use blogs for learning and teaching.

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  • 1. Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  • 2. "Savvy scientists must increasingly engage with blogs and social media... Even if you choose not to blog, you can certainly expect your papers and ideas will increasingly be blogged about. So there it is – blog or be blogged.“ – Paul Knoepflerhttp://www.slideshare.net/NerdyChristie/science-and-the-public-why-every-lab-should-tweet
  • 3. 1. Blogging2. Why Blog?3. For Learning?4. Tools5. Challenges & Solutions6. Moving Forward
  • 4. 1 BLOGGING
  • 5. http://youtu.be/WwcW5AKcfl4
  • 6. Blog (short of Weblog): Is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse- chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
  • 7. 2 WHY BLOG?
  • 8. 1. Independent Learning2. Informal Learning3. Collaborative Learning4. Information/Media Literacy5. Communication Skills6. Reading & Writing Skills7. Reflection & Thinking Skills8. Creative Expression & Visualization9. Curiosity and Exploration10.A Lifelong e-Portfolio!
  • 9. 3 FOR LEARNING?
  • 10. Infographic: http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/10/08/implementing-blogging-in-the-classroom/
  • 11. http://langwitches.org/blog/
  • 12. http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/science_blog/
  • 13. http://www.downes.ca/news/OLDaily.htm
  • 14. http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/
  • 15. http://edudemic.com/
  • 16. http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
  • 17. http://jmsalsich.edublogs.org/
  • 18. http://jadensawesomeblog.blogspot.com/
  • 19. IMU Student Blogging Project to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle! http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2011/01/student-blogging-project-to-promote.html
  • 20. http://ourworldourstories.edublogs.org/
  • 21. e-Portfoliohttp://blog.helenbarrett.org/p/using-blogger-to-maintain-eportfolio.html
  • 22. http://edublogawards.com/
  • 23. 4 TOOLS
  • 24. https://www.blogger.com/ http://wordpress.com/https://www.tumblr.com/ https://posterous.com/
  • 25. RSS Feed Add Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog BlogBlog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog BlogBlog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Access ALL blogs & new (student) posts from one place! http://www.google.com/reader
  • 26. 5 CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
  • 27. "Blogging is About Writing,but it begins with Reading..." - Dean Shareski Adapted from (Slide 6): http://www.slideshare.net/langwitches/learning-to-blog-for-your-students
  • 28. A. Getting Teachers OnboardB. Getting an AudienceC. Getting FeedbackD. Assessing Learning
  • 29. SUPPORTTRAINING
  • 30. Part I: Reading Part II A: Writing Part II B: Student Writing Part III: Commenting Part IV: Connecting Part V: Reciprocating Part VI: ConsistencyBlogging Guide : http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/10/23/coming-soon-stepping-it-up-learning-about-blogs-for-your-students/Presentation Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/langwitches/learning-to-blog-for-your-students
  • 31. Guide: http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/08/29/getting-to-know-your-blog-a-how-to-guide/
  • 32. 10-Minute MISSION1. Create blog2. Write a post3. Add a link (URL)4. Add an image http://www.blogger.com/5. Embed a video6. Add a Gadget7. Customize your blog layout8. Set comment moderation settings Getting Started Guide: http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=112498
  • 33. ZERO EQUALS
  • 34. AGreatBlogPost? Source: http://socialfresh.com/is-this-the-perfect-blog-post-infographic/
  • 35. RSS FeedBlog
  • 36. NO! YES!
  • 37. A Blog needs an audience to keep it alive for your learners.Too often blogs wither away leaving the learners frustratedand bored. Quadblogging gives your blog a truly authentic and global audience that will visit your blog, leave comments and return on a cycle. http://quadblogging.net/
  • 38. http://youtu.be/g1Svb1lkwFw
  • 39. TEACHER PEER SELF-ASSESSMENT
  • 40. Assess Creativity & More Authentic Learning! E-Portfolio
  • 41. Example: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/blogging-commenting-rubric.pdf
  • 42. Example: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/blogging-commenting-rubric.pdf
  • 43. Source: http://educational-blogging.wikispaces.com/Our+**How+to+Write+a+Quality+Comment**+Video
  • 44. 6 Moving Forward
  • 45. “I firmly believe, that aneducator who expects his/her students to blog for learning,NEEDS to be blogging for their own learning. ” Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/11/26/learning-about-blogs-for-your-students-part-ii-writing/
  • 46.  EXPLORE Other blogs in your learning domain and beyond. CREATE Your own expert and/or course blog that explores your discoveries and learning. ASSIGN Students to create blogs for their individual (and group) assignments/projects/e-portfolios. CONNECT Your students’ blogs (and yours) to experts and peers from around the world using social media and online communities. ALWAYS Give constructive feedback, and encourage students to give peer-feedback. HAVE FUN!!!
  • 47. Used For:  News  Articles  Stories  Sharing ResourcesLearning Domains Dept/Centers  CollaborationBlog for every key Blog for:  Projects learning domain  Library  Learning  E-Learning  Etc.  Student Services Groups  Academic Affairs  Alumni Courses  Etc. Student batches Communities Clubs
  • 48. ‘IMU Learning Series’ is about connecting inspiring and exceptional educators around the world to… YOU JOIN THE LEARNING ADVENTURE!http://bit.ly/NReRox
  • 49. http://www.facebook.com/groups/t4t2011/
  • 50. Mission:"To Rid the World of Bad Learning & Teaching!" JOIN US! http://bit.ly/LYOLOD
  • 51. Have a ZaidLearn!http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/
  • 52. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning ManagerE-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/Twitter: http://twitter.com/zaidlearnIMU : http://imu.edu.myDID : +603-2731 7327Ext. : 3115