Creating Community with Blogs

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This was a brief presentation I did for faculty on blogs.

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  • A web log or blog is an online journal that a user creates using services like blogger.com or livejournal.com. It is like creating a web page, but it is much easier for users to update. This presentation discusses the strengths and weaknesses of blogs in an educational setting, the kind of instruction used to get the students started, the use of rubrics and other practices used for blogging in a community college English class. I have used blogs in two sections of English 2 (composition and critical thinking) at Hartnell College in Salinas, CA with a student population that had a low rate of computer literacy. Most of the students had minimal word processing skills, new a little about navigating the internet, and how to use their e-mail accounts. The advanced preparation for this class contributed to the successful use of blogs in these classes.
  • Creating Community with Blogs

    1. 1. Creating Community with Blogs by Geoffrey Cain Tacoma Community College
    2. 2. What is a Blog?
    3. 3. Why Use Blogs? <ul><li>Reading and writing practice </li></ul><ul><li>Class journal </li></ul><ul><li>Research journal </li></ul><ul><li>Student created learning paths </li></ul><ul><li>Creates community </li></ul>
    4. 4. Strengths of Blogs <ul><li>Allows for careful reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Shy students are able to express themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Unique features of blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BlogThis! on Blogger.Com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating links to learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student ownership </li></ul>
    5. 5. Weaknesses of Blogs <ul><li>Steeper learning curve than an e-mail account </li></ul><ul><li>Takes time to set up </li></ul><ul><li>Must teach the students how to use them </li></ul><ul><li>Some students have privacy concerns (these can be addressed) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Getting Started <ul><li>Sign up for an account on Blogger.Com </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the students understand the settings </li></ul><ul><li>There is a difference between “save” and “publish” </li></ul><ul><li>Create instructions and a rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Test your instructions </li></ul>
    7. 7. Creating Community <ul><li>Central class blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text book link </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create assignments that require students to read class blogs </li></ul>
    8. 8. Creating Community (cont.)
    9. 9. Preparation is the Key <ul><li>Clear instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Etiquette guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul>
    10. 10. Resources <ul><li>Blog Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs as Electronic Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs in Education </li></ul><ul><li>My Paper on Blogging in the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Eduspaces Free blog and portfolio for educators </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger.Com </li></ul>

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