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B-logging in the EFL Classroom


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TESOL Greece Big Sig 4/11/12: Workshop handout

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B-logging in the EFL Classroom

  1. 1. B-LOGGING IN THE EFL CLASSROOM: TESOL GREECE WORKSHOPHOW TO SET UP A BLOGGER ACCOUNT1. Visit www.blogger.com2. Click on ‘create a blog’ button3. Fill in all the required fields → you need to: a) give a valid email addressand b) give a display or user name (it appears under every post or comment)4. Write a title and find an available URL address, which will also berelatively short and indicative of the purpose of the blog ( Choose a template (the overall design of your blog)6. Start posting and customizing your blog!7. Main fields: Posts (to edit previous texts or compose new ones), Settings(to make all kinds of adjustments), Layout (to arrange or add blog elements),View Blog (to view changes)8. To sign in again, visit www.blogger.comTHE ELEMENTS OF A BLOG1. Header = the title at the top of the page2. Posts= the texts in the main column3. Gadgets = anything that can be added in all columns of the blog, that is:Pictures, texts, profile box, blog archive, various lists, link lists, list offollowers, blog list, polls, slideshows of your photographs, video bar,newsreel, labels of all posts, HTML code so as any other gadget to beembedded (e.g. a clock, a daily renewed list of motivational quotes or a shelfwith recommended books)HOW TO COMPLETE ORDINARY TASKS ON THE BLOG • EDIT THE HEADER: dashboard → layout → click on edit→ write→save • WRITE A POST: dashboard → click on the pencil icon → write →publish or save as draft • INSERT A LINK LIST IN A SIDE COLUMN: dashboard → layout → add gadget → link list → save • UPLOAD A PHOTO WITHIN A POST: dashboard → new post → click on the button representing a photograph → select the photograph from your computer → click on ‘add selected’→ adjust layout & image size Christina Markoulaki| 4/11/2012
  2. 2. B-LOGGING IN THE EFL CLASSROOM: TESOL GREECE WORKSHOP • INSERT A LINK WITHIN A POST: new post → write your text → select the phrase you want to turn into a hyperlink → click on the link button (at the top of the new post box) → write the URL address you want to lead your readers to→ click OK • SET UP A CLASS BLOG: dashboard → settings → basic → permissions→ add authors →in the box write your students’ email addresses → students will receive an invitation in their email box→ accept → ability to publish on the class blog as authors, not administratorsRelated links: Teaching Village ( to Integrate Blogging in EFL TeachingHow to Create Video Activities on a Teacher’s BlogMeeting Challenges in the EFL Classroom Part 2: Using TechnologySamples of student blogging and teacher-created with ideas for student and teacher the use of blogs and wikis enhance motivation? blogging Christina Markoulaki| 4/11/2012