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    1. 1. UOG School of Education, WTN Presentation Using Class Blogs to Enhance Writing By Matilda Naputi Rivera, Ph.D. September 21, 2007
    2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Rationale </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Ed Tech blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Application—How would you use a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A “Blog” is the blending of the two words “web log”. It is found on the internet and used worldwide. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What can a blog be used for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal personal journal format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal group discussions, made up of text, photos, and web links. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group editing tool </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Rationale <ul><ul><li>An easy way to incorporate technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A non-threatening way to challenge students cognitively, to think about issues and express their opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves as an additional means for students to practice writing and build vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An effective way to reinforce material discussed in class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used as a time saver to discuss activities/assignments outside of class </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Advantages <ul><li>Blog format appeals to students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many students already use blogs in their everyday life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are familiar with the blogging format </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easy for both teachers and students to use </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging, interactive and motivating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases time on task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links students, family members, friends, and colleagues around the globe </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Creating a Blog <ul><li>Visit </li></ul>
    7. 7. Creating a Blog (1) <ul><li>Fill in all fields: User name, password, blog name, email address, accept terms. Click on CONTINUE . </li></ul><ul><li>However, if you already have an account from Gmail, Google Groups, or Orkut, instead of doing the above, click on sign in first . </li></ul>
    8. 8. Creating a Blog (2) <ul><li>Name your blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter your blog title, blog address (URL), word verification. Click on CONTINUE . </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Creating a Blog (3) <ul><li>Select a template (colors, layouts) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on CONTINUE. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Creating a Blog (4) <ul><li>Your blog has been created - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on START POSTING. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Inviting Blog Members (1) <ul><li>Click on Settings . </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Click on Permissions . </li></ul>Inviting Blog Members (2)
    13. 13. Inviting Blog Members (3) <ul><li>Click on ADD AUTHORS . </li></ul>
    14. 14. Inviting Blog Members (4) <ul><li>Enter your students’ complete email addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Click on INVITE to send the blog invitation to your students. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Joining the Blog (1) <ul><li>Students will receive an e-mail invitation with a link to the registration site. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Joining the Blog (2) <ul><li>If you are a Blogger user, sign in with your username and password. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not a Blogger user, you will have to create an account. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Posting a Blog Entry <ul><li>Type the title & text message and then click on PUBLISH POST . </li></ul>
    18. 18. Posting a Photo in Your Blog (1) <ul><li>Click on the image icon, which is indicated with a box showing a picture with a blue sky. You’ll find this icon in between the ABC checkmark and the Add Video icon. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Posting a Photo in Your Blog (2) <ul><li>Click on Browse and select your image. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Upload image . </li></ul>
    20. 20. Adding a Hyperlink (1) <ul><li>Click on the hyperlink icon, which is indicated with a picture of a chain link and globe. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Adding a Hyperlink (2) <ul><li>Type in the URL and then click on Publish Post . </li></ul>
    22. 22. Sample Ed Tech Blogs <ul><li>EN100 – Fundamentals of College English, Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED647 – Special Topics in Language and Literacy, Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED661 – Second Language Theory and Development, Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED484G – The Art and Craft of Teaching Writing, Spring 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED641 – Language and Literacy Development, Spring 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED646 – Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs, Spring 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ED636 – Utilizing Media Resources in Instruction, Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>ED640 – Language and Literacy Development, Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Portland, Oregon. http:// </li></ul>
    23. 23. Course Reflections
    24. 24. More Course Reflections
    25. 25. Using the Comments Feature (1) <ul><li>Click on the comments link. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Using the Comments Feature (2) <ul><li>Type in your comment and then click on PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT . </li></ul>
    27. 27. Using the Editing Feature (1) <ul><li>Click on Edit. </li></ul>
    28. 28. Using the Editing Feature (2) <ul><li>Edit as necessary, and then click on Publish Post . </li></ul>
    29. 29. Application <ul><li>As you create your class blog, consider the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your instructional objectives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will you set up guidelines for proper use of the blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will you assess your students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do all participants have the resources to engage in your class blog? </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Conclusion <ul><li>Good luck as you create your class blog! </li></ul><ul><li>If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU for your attention. </li></ul>
    31. 31. References <ul><li>Educational Bloggers Network. </li></ul><ul><li>Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Portland, Oregon. </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Consortium (NMC). </li></ul><ul><li>Shelton, G. (2006). Blogs help personalize information sharing in online and in-person classes. The University of Arizona: Center for Computing and Information Technology. </li></ul>