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  1. 1. Blogging with
  2. 2. Blogging..What’s That? <ul><li>An online journal that gives your students a potentially world-wide audience for their writing, art, photography, videos, etc. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogging may lead to… <ul><li>All Students being involved in academic social practices that align with their “after school” lives and the 21 st century learner </li></ul><ul><li>Class/Personal blogs allows all student ability groups to shape their own identities </li></ul><ul><li>Video, Audio, Art, Texts motivate all students to engage in their learning—write throughout the summer, weekends, activities that take place outside of school that are not normally seen by students or teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are highly motivated to learn from each other and share ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Parents commenting on their child’s class work or blog— </li></ul><ul><li>Another avenue for developing self-esteem </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Students Benefit from Blogging on class and personal Blog <ul><li>Student Bloggers become better critical thinkers, by sharing their ideas, supporting their ideas and defending their ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Student Bloggers share their writing with a wider authentic audience, beyond their own teacher, and are likely to feel more accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Student Bloggers learn how to be 21st century communicators, by embedding images, audio, and video into their text </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pros and Possible Issues <ul><li>Access at home or school, mobile experiences, time </li></ul><ul><li>Levels the Playing Field for learners that may have a difficult time with traditional classroom learning (behaviour, ELL, ISSP, ASD etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Homework- loss of work, parent support </li></ul><ul><li>Eco Solutions- less paper used, calendars, newsletters, </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s on board? Principals and school boards? </li></ul><ul><li>Shift in thinking can take time for educators or excitement is contagious </li></ul>
  6. 6. Setting up your blog Edublogs are completely free, and come with 20MB of free upload space (easily extended to 5 GB as a  Edublogs Pro ) To sign up for an Edublogs blog: 1. Go to 2. Click on the ‘ Free’  or  “Pro’  image
  7. 7. Setting up your blog <ul><li>3. This takes you to the  Edublogs sign up page  where you need to enter your: </li></ul><ul><li> desired username </li></ul><ul><li> email address---don’t have to have an email address but will not be able to change password later </li></ul><ul><li> tick you agree to TOS (terms of Service) </li></ul><ul><li> click  Next . </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>You will be sent an activation email once your account is created. This email normally arrives within 30 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only lowercase letters and numbers, with no spaces, in your username </li></ul><ul><li>Your username is what you use to sign into your blog dashboard and is displayed on posts and comments you write. You can’t change your username, you can change what  name is displayed . </li></ul>
  8. 9. WHAT’S YOUR Address (Domain/ URL) <ul><li>4. On the next page enter your blog domain (i.e. blog URL), blog title, select your preferred privacy and language, enter the Captcha word and click  Signup . </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>Use only lowercase letters and numbers, with no spaces, in your blog URL </li></ul><ul><li>Blog URLs can’t be changed once created </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a blog URL that reflects what your blog is about and is unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep in mind people need to be able to remember and easily type your blog URL into their browser – where possible try to keep your blog URL short but meaningful </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t stress too much about your blog title as this can be changed any time. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Congratulations <ul><li>5. Next you should see a page with your blog title and instructions to check your email inbox. </li></ul><ul><li>This email should arrive within 30 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Click on the link in the email to activate your account. </li></ul>
  10. 12. The differences in Accounts http:// /guide/
  11. 13. Dashboard <ul><li>Posts - change regularly, edit, tag categories, title categories </li></ul><ul><li>Links- insert links, link categories </li></ul><ul><li>Pages- on your blog all the time, can be edited. </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance - themes, widgets-games, visual tools </li></ul><ul><li>Settings - discussion, privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Creator- gmail method </li></ul>
  12. 14. Student Blogging—gmail method for privacy
  13. 15. In Review <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>