Basics of Blogging Personal and Classroom Applications
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Basics of Blogging • Introduction to Blogs • What is a blog? • Current state of the blog-o-sphere. • How are blogs being used in the classroom? • How can I create my own blogger account?
Basics of Blogging • What is a blog? • A blog is an online diary or journal on the web. Accessible anywhere there is an Internet connection. • The word ‘blog’ is a shortened version of the term ‘WebLog’. web log >>> weblog >>> we blog >>> blog • Or to log web links • See Wikipedia for a detailed history.
Basics of Blogging • Current state of the blog-o-sphere. • Blogs are changing the journalistic and political landscape by enabling writers across the world to express their views on a worldwide scale. • Anyone, anytime, anywhere can publish their thoughts and ideas to a global audience.
Basics of Blogging • Technorati – search engine for blogs • August 12, 2006 – 50 million blogs Weekend Edition Saturday, in a "state of the blogosphere" report by NPR with Technorati founder Dave Sifry estimates 175,000 new blogs are created each day. • October 18, 2006 – 57.4 million blogs
Basics of Blogging Why use a blog? • A blog provides a convenient place for spontaneous writing, a place to record and/or share ideas with others. • Blogs provide a forum to express views. Others can be invited to participate in the discussion thereby increasing the level of discourse.
Basics of Blogging • How are blogs being used in the classroom? • Websites • Journals • reflective writing (personal or with students as part of a classroom assignment.) • Classroom discussion • To keep a record of events • To communicate with parents
Basics of Blogging • Website Examples: • Mrs. Dibble’s Chemistry Class (My First Website: 2003) http://dibbleschem.blogspot.com • Mr. K’s 21st Century Learning Centerhttp://nlcommunities.com/communities/ckaminski/default.aspx • weblogg-Ed the read/write web in the classroomhttp://www.weblogg-ed.com/ • Mr. Brown’s 6th Grade Classhttp://web.mac.com/miklos26/iWeb/Site/Our%20Class%20Blog/Our%20Class%20Blog.html
Basics of Blogging • Where can I create my own blog? • Blogger.com Tutorial • Edublogs.org (WordPress) • iWeb (use iLife, post to iWeb) • Class Blogmeister http://www.classblogmeister.com/
Basics of Blogging • Go ahead - create your own blog and start blogging! • Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/start • Blogger User Instructions (pdf) • Tutorial: http://dbchem.net/videos/blog/blogger_signup/blogger_signup.html