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Rock, Blog, Your World

  1. 1. Paragraph Description of Session:In this enchantingly mundane preso, veteran blogger Miguel Guhlinshares his meteoric rise to rock star status as a blogger, confesseshis blogging addiction, time spent in rehab and offers a retrospective Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netlook at blogging as therapeutic nonsense worth tracking and sharing.About Miguel Guhlin:Although the official press releases can be found at, please know that Miguel has served as a classroomteacher, administrator in Texas schools, worked as a consultant priorto the Sad Economic Depression of 2010, tortured thousands with hisdesert-dry humor (you’re next), and has been “junk blogging” for thelast 5-6 years.Photo:Find a hi-res photo from 10 years ago online at
  2. 2. Rock, er, I mean, Blog Your World! Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netSource: for Groupies
  3. 3. Where’s Miguel Guhlin? • • • Session Materials - • Connect with “mguhlin” on any or all of elearning platforms and/or media tools:
  4. 4. Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netEdutopia’s Edublogs We Love: Ten Top Stops for Internet InteractionThese Web sites are the cornerstones of a vast online educational community.Source: James Daly, Editor-in-Chief, Edutopia,
  5. 5. Social Networking Tools Blog (share your address)(e.g. Facebook, Twitter) Session Materials - All?Wiki (share your address) Photo Sharing? Source: Where is your virtual space?
  6. 6. Session Materials - Tips and suggestions willappear in orange. More details on each tip appearlater in the preso. Source: why blog?
  7. 7. Session Materials - 4 reasons for blogging and6 technical tips for bloggers
  8. 8. 1) Writing flows from a momentcaptured by the voyager; I am he. Selfhood derives from the sense that one can initiate and carry out Session Materials - activities on one’s own. Even the simplest narratives are built around an agent-self as a protagonist. Any system of education or theory of pedagogy that diminishes the school’s role in nurturing its pupils’ self-esteem fails at one of its primary functions. Personhood implicates narrative. --Jerome Bruner“Every experience in our lives is worth writing about.”- Nanci Atwell, In the Middle
  9. 9. “Every experience in our lives is worth writing about.” - Nanci Atwell, In the Middle Session Materials - Please share in the chat ONE SENTENCE or PHRASE that sums up an experience in your professional work that is worth writing about.Tip #1 - If you’re not a writer, be a podcaster orvidcaster. (we’ll explore this in more detail in a moment)
  10. 10. 2) I blog to transform my experiences. Session Materials - Source: act of creation embodied in this blog, in everything I write, are powerfulantidotes to the poison I encounter in the wilderness of despair, of fear, andhypocrisy. Blogging allows me to transform them, like the dragon in one of myfavorite stories, St. George and the Dragon and The Quest for the Holy Grailby Edward Hays (
  11. 11. How do you transform your negative experiences in ways that empower you to share your insights with others? Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netTip #2 - Start with another’s experience, book quote,blog entry, series of tweets, and then make aconnection between your experience and their’s.
  12. 12. 3) Dare to contribute for you arebeautiful as well. Session Materials - Tip #3 - Build your virtual nest using free or hosted web services. Blogger, Posterous and Tumblr are places to start. Source: Source: I write, youll find Im in the story. When I see something, such as atechnical problem, I am any one of the following: 1) An ignorant newbie to linuxwriting about how he solved a problem, recording it for the future so I wontforget what Ive learned along the way; 2) A bridge-builder who labors for thosewho come behind him; 3) A peacock who faces anger with truth; 4) A turkey whocannot control its temper.
  13. 13. 4) Tell the truth when you write. Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netSource: must wrestle with their ideas, their emotions,the world around them and bring order to it. We need tospeak to that struggle, tell when we fail, when wesucceed...and find how to best share failures.
  14. 14. Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netSource: Want to connect with others?
  15. 15. the read/write web is a massive Session Materials - playground of information bits that are shared, remixed openly into a fluid and participatory tapestry.Source: --Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams, Wikinomics
  16. 16. 6 Technical Tips to Blogging Success Tip #1 - Write or speak Session Materials - Tip #2 - Make connections Tip #3 - Build your virtual space Tip #4 - Robot-size with RSSSource: Tip #5 - Divert the flowSource: Tip #6 - Play with Stats
  17. 17. Tip #1 - Write OR Speak.If you’re not a writer, be a podcaster or vidcaster. Session Materials - Source: Source:
  18. 18. Tip #2 - Make ConnectionsStart with another’s experience, book quotes, blogentry, series of tweets, and make a connection. Session Materials - .com http://www.diigo Source: Source:
  19. 19. Tip #2 - Make ConnectionsStart with another’s experience, book quotes, blogentry, series of tweets, and make a connection. Need a quick Session Materials - Professional Learning Network? Start with mine.... EdTech Bloggers Moodle Bloggers Source: Source: GoogleApps for Ed Bloggers
  20. 20. Tip #3 - Build Your Virtual SpaceBuild your virtual spaces using free web services. Session Materials - Source: Source:
  21. 21. Tip #4 - “Robot-size” with RSSUse Real Simple Syndication (RSS) to spread theword (or your content). Session Materials - Source: Source: Source:
  22. 22. Session Materials - Source: Source: #5 - “Divert the FlowTake advantage of social networking/media tools tohelp others see your work.
  23. 23. Session Materials - Source: Source: #5 - “Divert the FlowTake advantage of social networking/media tools tohelp others see your work.
  24. 24. Session Materials - Source: Source: #6 - Play with Stats.Track your visitors and “hits.”
  25. 25. Session Materials - Source: Source: #6 - Play with Stats.Track your visitors and “hits.”
  26. 26. Session Materials - Source: Source: alternatives: #6 - Play with Stats.Track your visitors and “hits.”
  27. 27. Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netSource: Tip #6 - Play with Stats. Track your visitors and “hits.”
  28. 28. Session Materials - http://mguhlin.netHow often do students see fresh writing on display from their teachers and administration?