The Beauty Of Blogging

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The Beauty Of Blogging

  1. 1. The Beauty of Blogging… by Rachelle Wilson CED 575
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>1. What is Blogging? </li></ul><ul><li>2. How is Blogging Used? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Why Does Blogging Matter? </li></ul><ul><li>4. What are the Benefits of Classroom Blogging? </li></ul><ul><li>5 Getting Started with Blogging… </li></ul><ul><li>6. Tips for safe Blogging… </li></ul><ul><li>7. Useful Websites to learn more about Blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Interesting Blog sites for your Enjoyment… </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Blogging? Blogs (Web logs) are one of the fastest growing features of the World Wide Web. Blogging is a way of collecting links to webpages and sharing thoughts and ideas with people online. It serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. It is typically updated daily. Blogs often reflect the personality of the author.
  4. 4. How is Blogging used? <ul><li>Blogging is used as a personal electronic journal that one can use to communicate effectively with online viewers. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives you a place to store interesting bits of information and ideas that you come across. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers can comment and give feedback to fellow bloggers. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging can be used in Communication Arts where self-expression and creativity are encouraged. </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages to other bloggers establishes peer- group relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are both individualistic and collaborative. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Does Blogging Matter? <ul><li>Writing your thoughts down on paper or computer is a good mental discipline. </li></ul><ul><li>By opening up your blogs comments, you invite the collective intelligence (hopefully) of your readers to add to your thoughts and to contribute to your knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>If you produce a website, your website will score higher in Google rankings. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can publish. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people are blogging! </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are the Benefits of Classroom Blogging? <ul><li>Kids love blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>Students who lack the reading and writing skills they need to succeed also may lack the motivation to practice those skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing their words published on the Web is a great student motivator. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs offer an innovative way for students to engage in reflective writing on classroom topics in a familiar medium. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs allow others to respond, providing feedback to the authors. </li></ul><ul><li>Students who know they have an audience other than their teacher write more credibly, accurately and carefully. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Getting Started With Blogging <ul><li>Go to Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Click Start Here or Learn more about it and then click to begin. </li></ul><ul><li>Type in your username, password, name, and e-mail account. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in a title and description for your blogging Web page. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the circle by “Host at…” </li></ul><ul><li>Type an address for your blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Click to accept terms of service, and then click Next . </li></ul><ul><li>Select a template and click Finish . </li></ul><ul><li>Type an entry. For Example, “This is my first blog entry.” </li></ul><ul><li>Choose different formatting if you wish. </li></ul><ul><li>Hit Post and Publish . </li></ul><ul><li>Wait a few seconds and then hit View Web Page . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tips for Safe Blogging <ul><li>Get parental permission </li></ul><ul><li>Know your school and district acceptable use policies (AUPs) and convey them to your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid blogging sites that require students to publish their complete names and/or e-mails accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>Have clear expectations, rules and consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sites that ask students for any personal information. </li></ul><ul><li>Make students aware of what subject matter is appropriate and permissible. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students the importance of tone and respect for others’ opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that with risk comes growth and learning. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Useful Websites to Learn More About Blogging <ul><li>www.typepad.com - host blog service </li></ul><ul><li>www.movabletype.org - blogging software </li></ul><ul><li>www.weblogs.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.technorati.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.xanga.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://weblogg-ed.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.thoughts.com/free-blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://classblogging.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Interesting Blog Sites for your Enjoyment <ul><li>http://lessig.org - Professor Lessig of Stanford University </li></ul><ul><li>www.escobosa.com - Photographer & Web Designer Marc Escobosa </li></ul><ul><li>www.daveberry.blogspot.com - humorist Dave Berry </li></ul><ul><li>http://joi.ito.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.peterme.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.metafilter.com - a community blog, news & commentary </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you for watching my presentation on Blogging . I hope you gained the concept of blogging and are ready to experience for yourself. Happy Blogging……

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