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A quick introduction to blogging in the classroom, with ideas and sample sites

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  1. 1. Blogging A quick guide http://www.flickr.com/photos/74225880@N00/183711327
  2. 2. For this session you will sign up for a WordPress account You will need to be able to access your email account to activate your blog. If you are unable to do that here, then you will need to sign up for a webmail account such as Google Mail http:// mail.google.com / (It’s actually worth signing up with Google anyway so you can Investigate Google Documents sometime)
  3. 3. <ul><li>A blog (a contraction of the term &quot; Web log &quot;) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog . </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
  4. 4. Blog <ul><li>A website you can add stuff to easily </li></ul><ul><li>Can update from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Allows discussion with your readers through comments </li></ul><ul><li>Text, images, audio, video </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.commoncraft.com /blogs </li></ul>
  5. 5. What do I need? <ul><li>Access to a computer </li></ul><ul><li>An account with a blog platform such as Blogger or Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Your imagination </li></ul>
  6. 6. Simple, web-based system for adding posts to your blog
  7. 7. Why Blog? <ul><li>Post resources </li></ul><ul><li>Class publication </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Get students blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Share lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Share multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Organise events </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Easy way to have a website </li></ul><ul><li>Online discussion </li></ul>
  8. 8. How many people read your last class project?
  9. 9. Blogging for teachers <ul><li>Reflection on practise </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing good ideas and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Simple way of producing a newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional lesson info / tasks </li></ul><ul><li>http://edublogs.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymous / identified? </li></ul>
  10. 10. http://theedublogger.edublogs.org
  11. 11. http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/
  12. 12. http://www.scittscience.co.uk/
  13. 13. <ul><li>http://year11it.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Class Blogs http://wyatt67.edublogs.org/category/student-post/ http://room9nelsoncentral.blogspot.com /
  15. 15. Blogging with Students <ul><li>Class blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Post student work </li></ul><ul><li>School trip logs </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Post question – students comment </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing </li></ul>
  16. 16. Club newsletters <ul><li>http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/pivot/eco.php </li></ul>
  17. 17. School Trip Blogs <ul><li>http://www.ghseastcoasttrip.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>http://www.languagecolleges.typepad.com/
  18. 18. Internet Safety <ul><li>Draw up list of rules </li></ul><ul><li>First names only </li></ul><ul><li>No personal info </li></ul><ul><li>No identifying photos </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.budtheteacher.com/wiki/index.php?title = Blogging_Rules </li></ul><ul><li>http://tasteach.edublogs.org/2008/05/21/my-student-bloggers/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/b/blogging/introduction.asp </li></ul>
  19. 19. 5 top tips <ul><li>Use short paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Use headings to break up a post </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to hyperlink </li></ul><ul><li>Always comment back to readers </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to your own blog feed </li></ul>Taken from: http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2008/04/27/ heres-my-first-five-tips-for-writing-better-blog-posts-what-are-yours/
  20. 20. <ul><li>Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/92137118@N00/495685057/ </li></ul>Don't say or publish anything on a blog that you wouldn’t put on a postcard .
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