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Blogs in the Classroom


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CTLE workshop: Blogging in the Classroom. The first hour I discussed what blogging is and how it works, while in the second hour, I walked participants through how to set up their own blogs using Blogger, a blogging tool built by Google.

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Blogs in the Classroom

  1. 1. Blogs in theClassroom Dr. Alisa Cooper English FacultyGlendale Community College (AZ)
  2. 2. Agenda• What is Blogging?• Types of Blogs• Examples of Blogs• Blogs & RSS• Using Blogs in the Classroom• Hands On: Setting Up Your Own Blog• Hands On: How to Use It to Post and Connect with Others
  3. 3. What is Blogging• Blogging is basically keeping an online journal.• A blog or web-log is a web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. What Is A Blog? by Daniel Scocco
  4. 4. What is Blogging? By ueaoffical -
  5. 5. Types of Blogs• Microblogging is the practice of posting small pieces of digital content—which could be text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media—on the Internet. Twitter• Mini-blogging sites are for instantaneously adding video, pictures, text, and other content on-the fly. Tumblr and Posterous• Vlogging are video blogs where the posts are video. YouTube• Micro-video Blogging is shooting up to 15-second videos and sharing them instantly via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, email or SMS. Keek, Tout• Photogs are photo blogs where the focus is posting images.
  6. 6. Microblogging • Twitter for PLN o #edchat o Tweetchat • Twitter in the Class • Google+ in the Class
  7. 7. Mini-Blogging• Tumblr for fun and more• Posterous in the Classroom Tumblr vs. Posterous: microblogging throwdown | - tech, ...
  8. 8. Vlogging • YouTube
  9. 9. Micro-Video Blogging• Tout & Keek• Wall Street Journal Tout• Keek
  10. 10. Photogs – Photo Blogging• How to Start a Photoblog• 500px• Try Jux Photo:
  11. 11. Blogs & RSS What is it?
  12. 12. What is RSS? • RSS = Really Simple Syndication • RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators • 100+ Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More • Add RSS Subscription to ChromeImage:
  13. 13. Feed Readers• Google Reader• HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Google Reader
  14. 14. Using Blogs in the Classroom • Classroom Management • Collaboration • Discussion • Student PortfoliosImage courtesy of Rachel Boyd & Tania OMeagher
  15. 15. Classroom Management• Class blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners.• They can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board.
  16. 16. Collaboration• Blogs provide a space where teachers and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience.• Teachers can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review. They also make online mentoring possible.• Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions.
  17. 17. Discussions• A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom.• With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.• Students have time to be reactive to one another and reflective.• Teachers can also bring together a group of knowledgeable individuals for a given unit of study for students to network and conference with on a blog.
  18. 18. Student Portfolios• Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios.• Additionally, as students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing.• Teachers and peers may conference with a student individually on a developing work, and expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.
  19. 19. Download Some Reading (PDFs)• Educational Blogging• Instructional Blogging: Promoting Interactivity, Student-Centered Learning, and Peer Input• What’s it Worth? The Perceived Benefits of Instructional Blogging• Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom• Technology in the Classroom: Effect of Student Blogging on Learning Gains in a High School Classroom
  20. 20. Additional Resources• Davi, A., Frydenberg, M., & Gulati, G. J. (2007). Blogging Across the Disciplines: Integrating Technology to Enhance Liberal Learning . Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3(3). Retrieved October 31, 2012, from• Ellison, N. & Wu, Y. (2008). Blogging in the Classroom: A Preliminary Exploration of Student Attitudes and Impact on Comprehension. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 17(1), 99-122. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.• MacBride, R. and Lynn Luehmann, A. (2008), Capitalizing on Emerging Technologies: A Case Study of Classroom Blogging. School Science and Mathematics, 108: 173–183. doi: 10.1111/j.1949-8594.2008.tb17826.x• McGilvery, C. & Elliott, C. (2011). Blogging: A Pathway to Promote Classroom Engagement and Critical Thinking Skills. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2578-2581). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  21. 21. Hands On Workshop Setting Up Your Own Blog &How to Use It to Post and Connect with Others