The Blogging Phenomenon Its impact on Language Learning
overview <ul><li>What is a  blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging  in learning : its roles </li></ul><ul><li>Why  blogging ? </l...
What is a  blog ...? <ul><li>A blog (a  portmanteau  made by  contracting  the phrase &quot;web log&quot;) is a  website  ...
Weblogs can be seen as.... <ul><li>ways to improve our own writing </li></ul><ul><li>just in time learning arenas </li></u...
Why blogging...? <ul><li>we can place lessons, assignments, and announcements online. </li></ul><ul><li>expand students’ a...
Blogs vs. Discussion Boards <ul><li>stds can start their blogs easily </li></ul><ul><li>easy to link to other websites </l...
advantages of using blogs <ul><li>They allow instant publishing to the Internet  </li></ul><ul><li>They cost little or not...
Types of weblogs for use in EFL classrooms   <ul><li>The Tutor Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Learner Blog </li></ul><ul><li>T...
The Tutor Blog : Run by the tutor for the learner <ul><li>Gives daily reading practice to the learners </li></ul><ul><li>P...
The Learner Blog <ul><li>Individual/ in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Best suited for reading and writing classes: </li></ul><u...
The Class Blog : <ul><li>In conversation-based classes :  used like Bulletin Boards to post messages, images, links relate...
<ul><li>Virtual space for international classroom language exchanges. </li></ul>
Teachers could develop a classroom blog to.......... <ul><li>post short current events/ articles to invite students though...
<ul><li>invite one student a day to post a summary and reflections on the day's learning  </li></ul><ul><li>observe the gr...
Teachers could create an informational class blog to ...... <ul><li>post a daily/weekly synopsis of the curriculum taught ...
Teachers could create a reflective, journal type blog to..........   <ul><li>share ideas for teaching activities to use in...
You can have your students create their own weblogs to..........   <ul><li>complete class writing assignments  </li></ul><...
You can also ask your class to create a shared weblog to... <ul><li>complete project work in small groups, assigning each ...
Features <ul><li>Comment feature </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving entries </li></ul><ul><li>Linking </li></ul><ul><li>Permalink...
Tips <ul><li>Keep it simple at first </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing “right” or “wrong” </li></ul><ul><li>Use your creativeness ...
Planning your blog <ul><li>What purpose will it serve? </li></ul><ul><li>What name will you give it? </li></ul><ul><li>Wha...
Weblog software <ul><li>without commercial advertising: </li></ul><ul><li>http://pitas.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://diary...
Sample Blogs   <ul><li>Michael Coghlan’s </li></ul><ul><li>http://mikecogh.blogspot.com/2005/07/greetings-to-those-at-rosa...
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  1. 1. The Blogging Phenomenon Its impact on Language Learning
  2. 2. overview <ul><li>What is a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging in learning : its roles </li></ul><ul><li>Why blogging ? </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs vs. Discussion Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Using blogs in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Types of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Planning your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging software </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a blog ...? <ul><li>A blog (a portmanteau made by contracting the phrase &quot;web log&quot;) is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. Like other media , blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images , and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Weblogs can be seen as.... <ul><li>ways to improve our own writing </li></ul><ul><li>just in time learning arenas </li></ul><ul><li>places to share </li></ul><ul><li>easy ways to create websites quickly </li></ul><ul><li>ways to connect with others and make connections to learning </li></ul><ul><li>perfect spots for quick writes </li></ul><ul><li>places to visit daily, which provide elements of surprise </li></ul><ul><li>places to collaborate </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why blogging...? <ul><li>we can place lessons, assignments, and announcements online. </li></ul><ul><li>expand students’ access to relevant materials by incorporating links </li></ul><ul><li>enhance class interaction through online discussions and chats </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate idea sharing </li></ul><ul><li>motivate and prepare students for class </li></ul><ul><li>maintain communication with absent students </li></ul><ul><li>challenge students by placing quizzes and tests online </li></ul><ul><li>get parents more involved by giving them access to their children’s assignments </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs vs. Discussion Boards <ul><li>stds can start their blogs easily </li></ul><ul><li>easy to link to other websites </li></ul><ul><li>supported discussion + informational posts= responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>may have good search engines built-in </li></ul><ul><li>go public </li></ul><ul><li>stds can’t start their own DB </li></ul><ul><li>not generally so </li></ul><ul><li>imply discussion but less sense of responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>not possible </li></ul><ul><li>are private </li></ul>
  7. 7. advantages of using blogs <ul><li>They allow instant publishing to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>They cost little or nothing </li></ul><ul><li>They provide a comment feature that allows interaction from others </li></ul><ul><li>They are dynamic and focus on content from the participants - listening, talking, collaborating, having a dialog, sharing </li></ul><ul><li>They work for any subject </li></ul><ul><li>They are empowering - they give everyone a voice </li></ul><ul><li>They make writing THE focus - send the message that writing matters </li></ul><ul><li>They promote ownership of work </li></ul><ul><li>They allow us to learn from our students </li></ul><ul><li>They allow us to reflect on our teaching and our student’s learning </li></ul><ul><li>They allow the interchange of thoughts and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>They are exciting - seeing others comment on your thoughts/anticipating comments and replies </li></ul>
  8. 8. Types of weblogs for use in EFL classrooms <ul><li>The Tutor Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Learner Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Class Blog </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Tutor Blog : Run by the tutor for the learner <ul><li>Gives daily reading practice to the learners </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes exploration of English websites </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages online verbal exchange by use of comment buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Provides class or syllabus information </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as a resource of links for self-study </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Learner Blog <ul><li>Individual/ in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Best suited for reading and writing classes: </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual composition books </li></ul><ul><li>Searching the web for sites to link, on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual journals: track progress </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire self reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Mega-blogs can be run by tutors </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Class Blog : <ul><li>In conversation-based classes : used like Bulletin Boards to post messages, images, links related to topic/ thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Interm./advanced levels : stds can create online resources for others, developing research and writing skills. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Virtual space for international classroom language exchanges. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Teachers could develop a classroom blog to.......... <ul><li>post short current events/ articles to invite students thoughts, reactions, and possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>create a literature circle </li></ul><ul><li>post photos and ask students to create captions </li></ul><ul><li>foster book discussions in the form of an online book club </li></ul><ul><li>encourage student writing to demonstrate learning </li></ul><ul><li>direct students to curriculum web sites and have them read and make responses </li></ul><ul><li>communicate with another classroom </li></ul><ul><li>stimulate entries about their learning and how this learning is relevant for them </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>invite one student a day to post a summary and reflections on the day's learning </li></ul><ul><li>observe the growth of plants or animals or keep records of science experiments </li></ul><ul><li>spot and record student kindnesses or good deeds </li></ul><ul><li>develop new vocabulary: students create sentences/ a brief paragraph using new vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>enable students to post their ideas for the classroom/ school </li></ul><ul><li>let student write short reviews of books they are enjoying reading </li></ul><ul><li>post quotes and have students write their interpretation and apply it to something in their life </li></ul>
  15. 15. Teachers could create an informational class blog to ...... <ul><li>post a daily/weekly synopsis of the curriculum taught </li></ul><ul><li>publish homework assignments  </li></ul><ul><li>give a birdseye view of the class for parents </li></ul><ul><li>honour and celebrate class achievements </li></ul><ul><li>list class-related information such as calendars, events. </li></ul><ul><li>show examples of good students’ work and the teacher's response to it </li></ul><ul><li>provide a day-by-day description of a specific teaching unit </li></ul><ul><li>take a moment out of the classroom day to share with family and friends </li></ul>
  16. 16. Teachers could create a reflective, journal type blog to.......... <ul><li>share ideas for teaching activities to use in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>share classroom technology management techniques </li></ul><ul><li>make reflections on each teaching day </li></ul><ul><li>explore important teaching and learning issues </li></ul><ul><li>provide tips for beginning teachers </li></ul><ul><li>spot gems of wisdom from the students in their classroom on any number of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>produce how-to's on using specific technology programs in the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>keep a record of a new teaching project with what worked and what didn't </li></ul>
  17. 17. You can have your students create their own weblogs to.......... <ul><li>complete class writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing </li></ul><ul><li>express their opinions on topics you are studying in class </li></ul><ul><li>write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest </li></ul><ul><li>discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them </li></ul><ul><li>write about class curriculum topics, newly-learned vocabulary words and idioms </li></ul><ul><li>showcase their best writing pieces  </li></ul>
  18. 18. You can also ask your class to create a shared weblog to... <ul><li>complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task </li></ul><ul><li>showcase products of project-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>complete a webquest </li></ul>
  19. 19. Features <ul><li>Comment feature </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving entries </li></ul><ul><li>Linking </li></ul><ul><li>Permalink </li></ul><ul><li>Blogrolls </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Photos/images </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/video </li></ul><ul><li>Moblogging </li></ul><ul><li>Ipodding </li></ul>
  20. 20. Tips <ul><li>Keep it simple at first </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing “right” or “wrong” </li></ul><ul><li>Use your creativeness to motivate stds </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t linger on every posting </li></ul><ul><li>Post regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Commnet on your fellow classmates’ commnets </li></ul><ul><li>When quoting sources, give them credit </li></ul><ul><li>Write sth about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your links </li></ul>
  21. 21. Planning your blog <ul><li>What purpose will it serve? </li></ul><ul><li>What name will you give it? </li></ul><ul><li>What content will it include? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you organize it? </li></ul><ul><li>Type of info? </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ postings? </li></ul><ul><li>What audience will it address? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Weblog software <ul><li>without commercial advertising: </li></ul><ul><li>http://pitas.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://diaryland.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.upsaid.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://webcrimson.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.schoolblogs.com / </li></ul><ul><li>commercial software </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blogger.com/ </li></ul>
  23. 23. Sample Blogs <ul><li>Michael Coghlan’s </li></ul><ul><li>http://mikecogh.blogspot.com/2005/07/greetings-to-those-at-rosario-efl.html </li></ul><ul><li>Teresa Almeida d’Eça’s </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/school/fwe5-feb05.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Ishbel Galloway </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sfu.ca/~igallowa/blogging/ </li></ul><ul><li>Diaryland </li></ul><ul><li>http://diaryland.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Sus Nyrup’s </li></ul><ul><li>http://mysteryguest.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>ESL + EFL friendly blogs with comments </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.eslgo.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Findory </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.findory.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Dafne Gonzalez’s Student Vanessa’s </li></ul><ul><li>http://vanessamartini.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>vBlog Central </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.vblogcentral.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>A Life in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>http://alifeinwales.typepad.com/a_life_in_wales/ </li></ul><ul><li>Red is an Apple </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.schoolblogs.com/Val/ </li></ul><ul><li>Our Class 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>http://ourenglishclass2.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>CAE 2005 (my students’) </li></ul><ul><li>http://cae2005.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>CALL SIG Rosario </li></ul><ul><li>http://callsigrosario.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>

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