Using Blogs for Professional Learning L.A. McCready January 2010
Information Processors <ul><li>Use a variety of resources and techniques to gather information.  </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt t...
The Evolution of Resources <ul><li>80’s Professional Journals & Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>90’s Bulletin Boards & List ...
Blogs <ul><li>Weblog “A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually h...
How to Find Blogs <ul><li>Check your professional organization </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includin...
How to follow blogs <ul><li>Set up an RSS reader which collects all of your feeds in one place (I use Google but there are...
Reader example:
Using Blogs in Teaching <ul><li>Classroom Blog Examples @ MHS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ngo-english.blogspot.com /   </...
Next Steps <ul><li>Start </li></ul><ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your own blog </li></ul><ul><li>Resource List ...
 
 
 
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Blogs For Professional Learning

  1. 1. Using Blogs for Professional Learning L.A. McCready January 2010
  2. 2. Information Processors <ul><li>Use a variety of resources and techniques to gather information. </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt to new ideas and changing technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and select the appropriate resources and technologies for given tasks. </li></ul>MHS Life-Long Learning Standards
  3. 3. The Evolution of Resources <ul><li>80’s Professional Journals & Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>90’s Bulletin Boards & List Serves </li></ul><ul><li>90’s-00’s Email Newsletters & Lists </li></ul><ul><li>2000’s Blogs (Wikis and Nings) </li></ul><ul><li>2009 & beyond: Twitter …whatever comes next </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs <ul><li>Weblog “A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually has links to comments on specific postings.” </li></ul><ul><li>The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition . Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others (journalists, administrators, public officials, students etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How to Find Blogs <ul><li>Check your professional organization </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including bloggers you follow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How to follow blogs <ul><li>Set up an RSS reader which collects all of your feeds in one place (I use Google but there are others out there) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a file format for delivering regularly updated information over the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Capture the “feed” for blog you want to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Login & Read on a periodic basis </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reader example:
  8. 8. Using Blogs in Teaching <ul><li>Classroom Blog Examples @ MHS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ngo-english.blogspot.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// mhsescobar.blogspot.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://teachercummins3rd.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Next Steps <ul><li>Start </li></ul><ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your own blog </li></ul><ul><li>Resource List </li></ul>

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