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Intro to Blogs

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Intro to Blogs

  1. 1. Blogs in K–12 Education January 3, 2011 • Welcome • Read-only Web v. Read/Write Web • Blogs • Getting Started with Blogger • Wrap-up and Q&A
  2. 2. Blog for This Workshop http://dwstrainingblog.blogspot.com
  3. 3. Welcome Activity <ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Why blog? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Read-only Web • Powerful resource for educators and students, but… • Information moves from publishers to consumers • Information cannot be edited • One-way Web (Web 1.0)
  5. 5. Read/Write Web • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume • Anyone can publish, share, and change information online • Two-way Web (Web 2.0) • This is changing our world!
  6. 6. Blogs <ul><li>• Weblog or We Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Simple way to publish to a website </li></ul><ul><li>Little technical experience is required </li></ul><ul><li>Embed photos, videos, and links </li></ul><ul><li>Respond and comment on entries </li></ul><ul><li>Can be followed by email or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Educational Blogs <ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Class web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Learning journals </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with others </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why blog? <ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Participate </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate </li></ul><ul><li>Contextual learning </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry driven learning </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blogging Tools <ul><li>Wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs.org </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blog for This Workshop http://dwstrainingblog.blogspot.com
  11. 11. Activity 1: Evaluate Educational Blogs <ul><li>• Locate an educational blog relevant to your work. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample links are provided under Blog List on the demonstration blog. </li></ul><ul><li>• Evaluate the blog based on the following criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. What is a basic description of this blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the intended audience for the blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and what would they get out of it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. How does this blog accomplish something that only a blog can accomplish? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. How could you adapt this model for your own work? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>• Post your evaluations under “Activity 1 – Evaluate” on the demonstration blog. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Activity 2: Subscribe to a Blog <ul><li>Go to a blog that interests you. </li></ul><ul><li>• Subscribe via email or RSS feed. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Activity 3: Create Your Own Blog <ul><li>Create your own blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Create an Account (if you haven't already) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Create your own Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create your first post – comment on anything you like! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Embed link to demonstration blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• If time permits … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edit your Profile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>• Select your template </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>• Create Blog List or Favorite Links </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>• Embed a picture or other multi-media source </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Reflection <ul><li>Add comment to “Reflection” posting on demonstration blog </li></ul><ul><li>How might you use a blog in your class? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your next steps with blogging? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions & Answers

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