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The Power of Blogging for Educators LESCN April 1, 2013


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Bill presents "The Power of Blogging for Educators" as part of the LESCN Conference in Meredith, NH.

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The Power of Blogging for Educators LESCN April 1, 2013

  1. 1. THE  POWER  OF  BLOGGING  FOR  EDUCATORS LESCN * APRIL 1, 2013Bill Carozza • Principal – Harold Martin School • Twitter: @wcarozza • Blog:
  2. 2. BIG PICTURE GOAL in One Hour• Start a personal blog by the end of the summer
  3. 3. SPECIFIC goals for today:• Learn the place blogs hold in the education field.• Be convinced that blogging is simple enough and important enough to take a crack at it.• Leave in one hour having enough inspiration and knowledge to meet your big picture goal of starting a blog by September 1, 2013.
  4. 4. What Can’t We Do Today?• We don’t have time to actually set the blog up...but plenty of resources to help.• Will Richardson: (paraphrased): We shouldn’t have workshops on how to make a blog.We should make sure the blog is set up ahead of the workshop.
  5. 5. Agenda• Setting the Scene-Web 2.0• Blog Examples• Why Blog?• What Can I Blog Enough?• Getting Started• Main Elements of a Blog• Tools• Q and A
  6. 6. TodaysMeet
  7. 7. Technology Credo • Technology  initiatives  have  to  improve   upon  the  instructional,  curricular,  or   assessment  practices  we  already  value.
  8. 8. Again…Will Richardson• The most sweeping change in our relationship with the Internet may not be as much with the ability to publish as it is the ability to share and connect and create with many, many others of like minds and interests.
  9. 9. You think the world has changed? 1989 Radio Shack Cell Phone Commercial
  10. 10. What is Web 2.0?
  11. 11. Web 1.0• Static web pages• Using search engines• Surfing the web
  12. 12. Web 2.0• Web applications (as opposed to client or desktop based apps.)• User interaction• Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Wikis• Users focus on ideas, creativity, collaboration• Technical know how-not as important • No need to know computer programming, e.g. HTML
  13. 13. In the Pre-Web 2.0 Age
  14. 14. Examples of Blogs
  15. 15. • Cool Cat Teachers Blog• Free Technology for Teachers• The Principal of Change• Connected Principals• Principal Reflections• HMS Sunday Blast
  16. 16. The State of Educational Blogging (Edublog Survey ) 2012• How are blogs being used? • 39% class blog, 39% personal blog• For student blogging: • 43% for global collaboration and authentic audience• 1/4 using iPads for blogging
  17. 17. Blogs have been usedby educators for years
  18. 18. Why Blog? • Writing requires reflection and greater understanding. • Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration and builds your PLC. • Blogging encourages students to do the same. • A blog helps to build your school’s “brand”. • For students: motivational, authentic, increases student expectations
  19. 19. BLOG TO DEVELOP YOUR PLN (Personal Learning Network) Learn from other administrators Links to blogs, articles Find collaborative solutions Backchanneling at conferences
  20. 20. Collaborationthrough Blogcommenting
  22. 22. What You’re Dealing With
  23. 23. What You Learn
  24. 24. Personal Stories
  25. 25. Upcoming Events
  26. 26. Important News
  27. 27. Communication to Parents
  28. 28. Sensitive Topics
  29. 29. The Arts as they Relate to Education
  30. 30. How do I get started?• Pick a platform and set up your blog.• Utilize all of the elements of a blog.• Utilize tools to gather ideas and organize• Consider a template.
  31. 31. Pick a PlatformEdublogs, Blogger,
  32. 32. Getting your blog going in one day: BLOGGERLink to setting it up at
  33. 33. Main elements of a blog
  34. 34. Tools:Collecting Info and Organize Using Evernote and/or Social Bookmarking
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  36. 36. How to Get MoreTraffic on your Blog
  37. 37. • Write great headline• Write content worth sharing• Consistent schedule• Own your domain name• Share blog address everywhere• Make it easy to subscribe• Use Social Media• Engage the conversation
  38. 38. Q &A
  39. 39. ResourcesAll resources can be found at, click tab: “Workshop Resources” Email: Twitter: @wcarozza