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Blogging for a Better Classroom (10 Habits of Bloggers that Win Remix)

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Blogging is NOT writing essays but a new, distinct form of writing. Leading educational blogger, Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis shares the update to her 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win and relates it to how we should be teaching blogging in the classroom. The objective is to create "professional quality" bloggers not to just have a different way to publish essays!

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Blogging for a Better Classroom (10 Habits of Bloggers that Win Remix)

  1. 1. Blogging for a better classroom<br />Vicki Davis, Teacher<br />http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com<br />Handouts<br />http://coolcatteacher.wikispaces.com<br />
  2. 2. Web 1.0<br />The Read Only Web<br />Source: The Wayback Machine<br />
  3. 3. Web 2.0<br />The tools in school are changing again.<br />The Read/ Write Web<br />
  4. 4. Web 2.0<br /><ul><li>Blogs
  5. 5. Wikis
  6. 6. Podcasts
  7. 7. Social Networking
  8. 8. Tagging
  9. 9. RSS</li></li></ul><li>Every teacher needs an RSS Reader<br />Google reader – http://reader.google.com<br />Netvibes – http://www.netvibes.com<br />PageFlakes – http://www.pageflakes.com<br />Note: I did a Web 2.0 workshop series for Atomic Learning – if you have a subscription you can learn more there.<br />
  10. 10. What is a Blog?<br />
  11. 11. Do blogs matter?<br />“The Internet’s first scalp.”<br />John Podhertz, The New York Post<br />I want to say this about my state. <br />When Strom Thurmond ran for president, <br />we voted for him. We’re proud of it. <br />And if the rest of the country <br />had followed our lead, <br />we wouldn’t have had all these problems <br />over all these years either.— Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, Dec. 5, 2002 <br />
  12. 12. Media’s Response<br />A Kennedy school of journalism study found:<br />“A certain receptivity in the bloggers allowed judgment in the press to correct itself.”[1]<br />[1] Rosen, Jay. "The Legend of Trent Lott and the Weblogs." Pressthink: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine 15 Mar 2004 05 Jun 2006 <http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/03/15/lott_case.html>.<br />
  13. 13. Blogs and the media!<br />
  14. 14. Societal Shift<br />“ When the smoke cleared, mainstream journalism’s authority was weakened.[1]<br />[1] Pein, Corey. "Blog-Gate." Columbia Journalism Review 1: January/February2005 05 Jun 2006 <http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/1/pein-blog.asp>.<br />
  15. 15. http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html<br />
  16. 16. Web + Log = Blog<br />
  17. 17. Blog Anatomy<br /><ul><li>Post (the entry)
  18. 18. Comments
  19. 19. The Sidebar
  20. 20. The RSS Feed
  21. 21. About the Author
  22. 22. License</li></li></ul><li>
  23. 23. Places for Classes to Blog<br />http://www.classblogmeister.com<br />http://www.edublogs.org<br />Youth Voices – High School Kids<br />www.ning.com<br />www.blogger.com<br />www.think.com<br />
  24. 24. My blogs<br />http://westwood.ning.com<br />http://netgened.grownupdigital.com<br />http://flatclassroomproject.ning.com/profile/coolcatteacher<br />http://flatclassroomproject.ning.com/profiles/blogs/beginning-of-project-blog-post<br />http://digiteendreamteam.blogspot.com<br />http://technocatteens.blogspot.com/<br />
  25. 25. Video + Blogging = Vlogging<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/digiteendreamteam<br />
  26. 26. What about bad comments?<br />Moderated comments<br />It takes time to show up.<br />Spam comments<br />Require you to enter letters to make sure you’re human.<br />“Authentication code”<br />
  27. 27. Elementary Blogging<br />Mark Ahlness – Mighty Writers<br />http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=41233<br />Al Upton’s Mini Legends<br />http://minilegends.edublogs.org/<br />His Students are on the right side<br />
  28. 28. 10 Habits of Bloggers That Win<br />(What to teach students about blogging)<br />
  29. 29. Habit #1<br />Have a “voice”<br />Blog Like a Pirate<br />http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/693670:BlogPost:8384<br />My new one “blog like a “blue Man” (Avatar)<br />
  30. 30. Classroom “Voices” are Educated Ones<br />No IM speak<br />Make it clear what part of the assignment you’re doing (Headings)<br />Spell check (Firefox)<br />
  31. 31. Habit #2<br />Hyperlink words that need explanation.(Contextual Linking)http://technocatteens.blogspot.com/2010/08/augmented-reality-future-now.html<br />
  32. 32. The manual way to do it!<br />
  33. 33. Habit #3<br />Have a tempting title.CatchyInformativePiques CuriosityExplains a little bitSee http://technocatteens.blogspot.com/<br />
  34. 34. Which blog post will you read?<br />A paragraph I read today<br />Ipods: Killing the CD as we Know it<br />Gesture Based Computing Assignment<br />Murdering the Mouse: The Future of Gesture Based Computing<br />
  35. 35. Habit #4<br />Write and cut in half.(Write fast and then edit it down and reorganize.)<br />
  36. 36. Exception<br />The “How to” Post<br />Then be very specific, give examples, show pictures, screenshots, tutorials.<br />
  37. 37. Habit #5<br />Don’t post till they can see the white with their eyes.(White space)http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2010/09/tips-to-overcome-conversation.html<br />
  38. 38. Write first, format second.<br />Habit #6<br />
  39. 39. Important formatting<br />Headings<br />Bullets<br />Quotations<br />Italics (sparingly)<br />Color (for emphasis)<br />Did I say WHITE SPACE?<br />
  40. 40. Paint a picture!<br />Habit #7<br />
  41. 41. Places to Find Pictures<br />Creative Commons www.creativecommons.org<br />Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images<br />Flickr – www.flickr.com<br />Cool Iris Add In - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5579/<br />
  42. 42. Screenshots & Videos<br />Jing – www.jingproject.com (Screencast)<br />Fireshot – Screenshots on web<br />Win 7 Snipping tool – Screenshots<br />Camtasia – Screencasting<br />Students should know how to embed<br />
  43. 43. Other add ins<br />Graphic Organizers – http://www.classtools.net<br />Graphics<br />http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/comparing-and-contrasting<br />
  44. 44. Habit #8<br />Before you bag it, tag it!Pull Technologies - http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/reflective-blog-post-plnsUse a Tag “pln”http://westwood.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=pln<br />
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  47. 47. Habit #9<br />Ping and Participate!Ping your friends! (for adults)www.twitterfeed.com<br />
  48. 48. Ping Search Engines<br />www.pingomatic.com<br />Only ping if you WANT to be found!<br />People you link to will follow trackbacks to YOUR BLOG!! So get ready!<br />
  49. 49. Make it easy for others to Ping your content<br />Tweetmeme http://tweetmeme.com/about/retweet_button<br />
  50. 50. Engage in Conversation<br />Reply to those who comment to you!<br />Disqus<br />www.disqus.com<br />
  51. 51. Commenting<br />
  52. 52. Habit #10<br />Get the stats back!www.statcounter.comBlogger is internal<br />
  53. 53. The great need for meaning<br />We want a global audience.<br />Must be done wisely and safely.<br />
  54. 54. Where do I go from here?<br />Start blogging!!<br />Every expert was once a beginner.<br />
  55. 55. The power of Three!<br />

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