An Introduction to L2 Blogging

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An Introduction to L2 Blogging

  1. 1. An Introduction to L2 Blogging [email_address] http://otagoblogging.blogspot.com/
  2. 2. What is a blog? <ul><li>Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. </li></ul><ul><li>A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on photographs (photoblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting). </li></ul><ul><li>As of September 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 106 million blogs. </li></ul>Souce: wikipedia
  3. 3. Weblogs can be used to <ul><li>create a website </li></ul><ul><li>share and collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>connect with others and make connections to learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why edublogging? <ul><li>To place lessons, assignments, and announcements online. </li></ul><ul><li>To expand students’ access to relevant materials by incorporating links. </li></ul><ul><li>To enhance class interaction through online discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate idea sharing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogs vs. Discussion Boards <ul><li>Learners can start their blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are easy to link to other websites </li></ul><ul><li>Some blogs have search engines/archive </li></ul><ul><li>Can be made public and involve people from outside the classroom </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of edublogs <ul><li>The Tutor Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Class Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Learner Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective Teacher Blog </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Tutor Blog <ul><li>Provides class or syllabus information </li></ul><ul><li>Lists class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Gives daily reading practice to the learners </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as a resource of links for self-study </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages questions and comment from learners by use of comments </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Class Blog <ul><li>Writing prompts </li></ul><ul><li>Post short current events/ articles to invite students thoughts, reactions and possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Link to other blogs or videoclips for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Post photos and ask students to create captions </li></ul><ul><li>Post quotes and have students write their interpretation and apply it to something in their life </li></ul><ul><li>Create a literature circle/ online book club (or any other special interest club) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Class Blog <ul><li>Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody in class can initiate discussion through posts and participate by writing comments (class topics, organisational issues, reflections on learning) </li></ul><ul><li>People from without the class can be invited to join blog </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery Guest </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Class Blog <ul><li>Learner contributions </li></ul><ul><li>invite one student a day to post a summary and reflections on the day's learning </li></ul><ul><li>enable students to post their ideas for the class </li></ul><ul><li>group tasks </li></ul><ul><li>project-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>complete a webquest </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Learner Blog <ul><li>Space for class writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a portfolio of samples of their writing </li></ul><ul><li>Individual learner journals for writing practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write about class topics, newly-learned vocabulary words and idioms </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Reflective Teacher Blog <ul><li>To share ideas for teaching activities to use in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>To explore important teaching and learning issues </li></ul><ul><li>To make reflections on each teaching day </li></ul><ul><li>To keep a record of a new teaching project with what worked and what didn't </li></ul><ul><li>To provide tips for beginning teachers </li></ul><ul><li>To produce how-to's on using specific technology programs in the curriculum </li></ul>

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