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Your blog as a teaching tool

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A blog can be a fantastic teaching tool to use in a flipped classroom

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Your blog as a teaching tool

  1. 1. A blog can be a fantastic teaching tool in a technology integrated classroom (revised) By Fiona Beal fiona@schoolnet.org.za http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  2. 2. 1. Use Box.net (http://box.net) or Google Docs to link to documents you wish to share.
  3. 3. *For example Stored in Box.net: Stored in Google Docs:
  4. 4. 2. Use Embedit.in to link to documents you have created Embedit.in is a fantastic application that allows you to embed all sorts of different documents on your blog by creating an embed code.
  5. 5. *For example
  6. 6. *Go to http://embedit.in
  7. 7. *Go to My embeds and sign in using one of your accounts – I use my Google account
  8. 8. *Go to Select Files and find the file you want on your computer.
  9. 9. *Copy the embed code into your blog post
  10. 10. *Make sure you put it into the HTML part of the blog post
  11. 11. *This is the result.
  12. 12. 3. Use Slideshare.com for more detailed instructions Slideshare is a fantastic way to present a ebook type of instruction to a class. You create each page in PowerPoint.
  13. 13. For example…
  14. 14. *Go to Slideshare.com, join and click on Upload to find the Powerpoint or PDF you want to use.
  15. 15. *When your document appears click on embed to get the code to add to your blog in the HTML section of the post.
  16. 16. *Here is the embed code
  17. 17. 4. Use Screencasts to explain something more complicated My favourite screencasting programme is definitely Screencast-o-matic
  18. 18. *Join and log in. Start recording by following the instructions.
  19. 19. *This is what it looks like when you are finished. You can embed it, upload it to YouTube, or download it as a movie file. This is a screencast with voice
  20. 20. 5. Use verbal instructions on your blog using Vocaroo.com Vocaroo.com is so easy to use. You can download the result as a .wav file, or you can simply embed it in your blog.
  21. 21. *Join Vocaroo.com, click to record and start speaking when prompted.
  22. 22. *Paste the embed code into your blog
  23. 23. *This is the result
  24. 24. 6. You can easily add videos to your blog whether created or embedded
  25. 25. 7. One of the very useful aspect of a blog as a teaching tool is that your students can comment underneath each post and you can easily reply to their comments.
  26. 26. These are just a few of the ways you can make your blog a great teaching tool. What’s more they are all free! Perhaps you have tried out others that you would like to share?

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