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  1. 1. What is a blog? “ A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.” Wikipedia
  2. 2. Why Blog? <ul><li>Staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Keep families informed </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with the world </li></ul>
  3. 3. How teacher's are using blogs Take 10 minutes to explore these blogs. Discussion to follow
  4. 4. Ethics and Safety Bud the teacher – class created blog rules Rules and Tools for Internet safety
  5. 5. Creating a blog contract <ul><li>Create as a class and have students and parents both sign. </li></ul><ul><li>Include safety rules such as : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No full names or personal data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No full names or personal data of others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kindness is key </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay on task </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remember your audience </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Where can I create a blog? <ul><li>Google blogspot </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Squarespace </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tools to add pizzazz More tools Personalize your blog?
  8. 8. Subscribe to a blog <ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Feedreader </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator </li></ul>
  9. 13. Let's create a blog Take 20 minutes to begin creating your own blog
  10. 14. What is a WiKi A wiki is an online collaboration tool that allows multiple users to edit and view changes quickly. Wiki means = Quickly in Hawaiian
  11. 15. Why Wiki? <ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OM Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Circles </li></ul><ul><li>KWL’s </li></ul><ul><li>Write a multi-author book </li></ul>
  12. 16. Where can I Wiki?
  13. 17. Let’s join a wiki and play <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>