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  1. 1. Computer Mediated Communication Integrating the Internet into Teaching, Learning & Research Blogs and Blogging in Education
  2. 2. Lecture Outline <ul><li>Blogs—Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Blogging in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Students use of Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers use of Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on Creating a Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Blooms </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Blog? <ul><li>Simply put, the term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log </li></ul><ul><li>A blog is a website with entries on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>Blog entries are normally displayed in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>A blogs is easy to implement, use and manage without knowledge of html or technical details </li></ul><ul><li>A Blog differs from a website mainly in terms of content currency (web sites are mostly static, blogs are dynamic) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some Basic Blog Technology <ul><li>Blogs run on a specialized software </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can be interlinked to Bloggsphere </li></ul><ul><li>RSS stands (Rich Site Summary) is a software for distributing headlines and article summaries for news systems‚ announcements‚ etc. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS makes it possible for you to keep up with your favorite web sites in an automated manner </li></ul><ul><li>RSS are considered to be similar to a mashup web applications—as in Google maps </li></ul>
  5. 5. … ..Basic Blog Technology…Cont..1 <ul><li>Categories or posts to the blog belongs to one or more categories </li></ul><ul><li>A permalink is a web link (URL) that points straight to a specific post on the blog </li></ul><ul><li>Each post has its own permalink and they’re useful for bookmaking and referencing specific posts. </li></ul><ul><li>Trackbacks are methods of tracking and displaying what other people on other blogs are saying about your blog entries </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs in Education <ul><li>Blogs are becoming mainstream CMC tools in education </li></ul><ul><li>As learning and teaching tools they can; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increase student engagement with learning content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide active learning through personal reflections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide an environment for peer-to-peer learning through collaboration and knowledge sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enable different individuals to easily create articles‚ and automatically indexes these articles by date and categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be used a personal diary on a topic of interest or a groups diary for documenting, editing, and sharing group work </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ……… .Ways Students Use Blogs <ul><li>as personal learning spaces for posting personal experiences, views, perspectives and resources on a particular topic </li></ul><ul><li>as a collaborative for sharing content or information </li></ul><ul><li>as e-Portfolios to demonstrate mastery of the depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular domain </li></ul><ul><li>as online notebooks/scrapbooks for aggregating content or knowledge on a particular subject from other sources </li></ul><ul><li>What else can you think of………….? </li></ul>
  8. 8. … ..Teachers use Blogs <ul><li>to replace the standard class Web page </li></ul><ul><li>to link to Internet items that relate to their course through </li></ul><ul><li>to provide some teaching tips for other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>to write about something they learned from other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>to organize class discussion and summaries of readings for their students </li></ul><ul><li>to reflect on teaching experiences and keep a log of what worked for them in the classroom or what didn't work……etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Hands-on Practical on creating a blog </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  11. 11. Review of Bloom’s Taxonomy <ul><li>Knowledge: Remembering information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define, identify, label, state, list, match </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comprehension: Explaining the meaning of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe, generalize, paraphrase, summarize, estimate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application: Using abstractions in concrete situations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine, chart, implement, prepare, solve, use, develop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analysis: Breaking down a whole into component parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Points out, differentiate, distinguish, discriminate, compare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synthesis: Putting parts together to form a new and integrated whole </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create, design, plan, organize, generate, write </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation: Making judgments about the merits of ideas, materials, or phenomena </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appraise, critique, judge, weigh, evaluate, select </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Group Task <ul><li>Knowledge : Identify at least three ways in which blogs can be used in education </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension : List three reasons why teachers should integrate blogs into their classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Application : Describe three ways in which you can use Blogs for your own teaching or professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis : Is the use of blogs in education better than the use of static websites? </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis : How might blogging change your role as an educator? </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation : List at least potential disadvantages of using blogs in education? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements for this Task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can choose to work as a two or more and not five but you can be a team of one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post your answers to your personal blog and class discussion forum </li></ul></ul>