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Blogs & Wikis

  1. 1. Blogs & Wikis <ul><li>3/19/08 </li></ul>
  2. 2. This Morning’s Objectives: <ul><li>Identify the difference between blogs and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>View and brainstorm possible uses for blogs and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Begin process of setting up your own blogs or wikis </li></ul>
  3. 3. BLOGS
  4. 4. What is a blog? <ul><li>From “weblog” to “blog” </li></ul><ul><li>The truth about who is blogging </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogs In Plain English
  6. 6. Why Blog? <ul><li>To develop a distinct, discriminating voice </li></ul><ul><li>To develop personal identity </li></ul><ul><li>To interact with others </li></ul>
  7. 7. Choosing A Format <ul><li>A container of and for ideas </li></ul><ul><li>An alternative discussion platform </li></ul><ul><li>A course management / information center </li></ul><ul><li>A questioning / guiding platform </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blog Examples <ul><li>http://www.elizabethfullerton.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://pc30s.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://betsyspage.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://criticsandbuilders.typepad.com/collegeenglish67/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blogging Benefits <ul><li>Interpersonal Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Author - Centered </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blogging Obstacles <ul><li>Upkeep and follow-through </li></ul><ul><li>Moderation </li></ul><ul><li>Front-loading (depending on use) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Beginning A Blog <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Schoolwires </li></ul>
  12. 12. WIKIS
  13. 13. What is a wiki? <ul><li>Say aloha to the “quick web” </li></ul><ul><li>The power of the wiki site </li></ul><ul><li>It’s alive! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Wikis In Plain English
  15. 15. Why Use Wikis? <ul><li>For connections </li></ul><ul><li>To be creative </li></ul><ul><li>To be engaged in the content </li></ul><ul><li>To grow as a writer </li></ul><ul><li>To think through projects and material </li></ul>
  16. 16. Choosing A Format <ul><li>A simple website </li></ul><ul><li>Project development with peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Group authoring </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><li>In place of presentation software </li></ul>
  17. 17. Wiki Examples <ul><li>http://english400atshhs.pbwiki.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://precalculus.pbwiki.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com / </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wiki Benefits <ul><li>Creative Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Order Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Revision Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Product/Document Centered </li></ul>
  19. 19. Wiki Obstacles <ul><li>Upkeep and follow-through </li></ul><ul><li>Moderation </li></ul><ul><li>Front-loading (depending on use) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Beginning A Wiki <ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki </li></ul><ul><li>WetPaint </li></ul>
  21. 21. You will not get more out of these tools than you are willing to put in.

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