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Blog- By Erika and Daniella

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Blogs

 

By: Daniella Karam and Erika Luna

 

 

 

 

What's a blog?

A blog is a personal diary. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. A blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you.

 

 

Why use a blog?

A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It's a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it's your political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.

Many people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalers reveal inner thoughts.

 

We chose Blogger.com to create blogs for the class because:

Advantages of Blogger:

  • With Blogger, you control who can read and write to your blog — let just a few friends or the entire world see what you have to say.
  • Blogger Comments let anyone, anywhere, offer feedback on your posts. You can choose whether you want to allow comments on a post-by-post basis, and you can delete any comments you don't like.
  • Access Controls let you decide who can read and who can write to your blog. You can use a group blog with multiple authors as an excellent communication tool for small teams, families and other groups. Or as a single author, you can create a private online space for collecting news, links, and ideas, to keep to yourself or share with as many readers as you want.
  • Blogger Profiles let you find people and blogs that share your interests. Your Blogger Profile, where you can list your blogs, your interests, and more, lets people find you (but only if you want to be found).
  • Blogger is totally free, and if you have trouble, just click the Help button from any screen, and you can find the answer you're looking for.

 

Design your blog

  • Templates — The collection of templates will get you started with an attractive site right away without you having to learn any HTML, though Blogger also allows you to edit your blog's HTML code whenever you want.
  • Custom colors and fonts — When you're ready to take the next step, you can further customize the templates to create a design that perfectly reflects you and your blog.
  • Drag-and-drop page elements — Blogger's simple drag-and-drop system lets you easily decide exactly where your posts, profiles, archives and other parts of your blog should live on the page.

 

Post photos

Sometimes you just want to share a photo. There's a button for uploading photos in the Blogger interface. Just click the photo button to upload a photo from your computer. If the photo you'd like to put on your blog is already on the web that's fine too.

 

 

 

 

Go Mobile

Blogger Mobile lets you send photos and text straight to your blog while you're on-the-go. All you need to do is send a message to go@blogger.com from your phone. You don't even need a Blogger account. The message itself is enough to create a brand new blog and post whatever photo and text you've sent.

Later, if your want to claim your mobile blog or switch your posts to another blog, just sign in to go.blogger.com and use the claim code Blogger sent to your phone.

Blogger supports most popular mobile carriers in the US and worldwide. If Blogger Mobile is unavailable from your provider, you can still send posts to your blog using Mail-to-Blogger.

 

 

Steps for making your blog:

http://Blogger.com

 

1.) If you have a google account, you can just sign in (top right corner)

2.) If you do not have a google account, click the orange "create a blog" button

3.) You can enter any email address that exists (does not have to be google) Click continue after you have filled out your information.

4.) Enter your blog title (it will be the name of your webpage)

5.) Enter your blog URL address Tip: do not put spaces between words. (this will be the link to share your blog) Click continue.

6.) Choose your template (Remember you can always change this later) Click continue

7.) Congratulations! You just created your first blog. Click "start blogging"

 

 

Below is a video tutorial:

 

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How to create a posting:

1.) Create a title

2.) Create the body of your post

3.) If you click "post options" link at the bottom, you can choose to allow or deny reader comments.

4.) Under "labels for this post" you can type in key words for people to search your blog.

5.) Add photos by clicking the landscape picture icon at the top (next to the spell check icon)

6.) Add video by clicking the film strip icon (next to the photo icon)

7.) You can save and finish later or publish your post.

8.) Click "view post" (this is what other users will see)

 

At this stage you can:

- Click "share" tab to share this post through email, Twitter, Google Reader, and Facebook

- Click "follow" tab to receive updates on this blog

- Click "customize" tab to add and arrange page elements

 

Dashboard:

  • It's like your homepage
  • You can manage your blogs
  • View and edit your profile
  • Under "Reading List" heading:

          - view the blogs you are following

          - "Blogger Buzz" tab gives you ongoing articles from the website

          - "Blogs of Note" tab allows you to view the most popular blogs

 

 

 

Why use blogging in K-12 classrooms:

  •  shows cutting-edge ways that K-12 teachers integrate technology into the classroom
  •  network with other teachers who blog
  •  model for students that teachers do write, and the writing process isn’t only practiced at school
  • Interactive – encourages discussion and reflection 
  • Integrates technology into the classroom
  • Huge motivator for students
  • Share classroom happening’s with parents, relatives, and other students from around the world
  • Allow students to practice writing and reading skills
  • Document and showcase student work for others to evaluate
  • Great source for lessons, activities & encouragement for teachers
  • Gets students to WRITE, REACT, & SHARE

How can you use blogging?

  • Post writing prompts or journaling topics that students can respond to
  • Assign groups of students to do a post on special school events or a summary of a classroom unit
  • Have students respond to a reading and reflect
  • Connect with another school blog and have students respond to each others’ posts
  • Have students report on the progress of an ongoing group project

 

Blogging Safety

  • Be aware of the school's Acceptable Use Policy
  • Be sure to teach students blogging etiquette and blogging safety
  • Have clear expectations, rules, and consequences for student blogging
  • Use “gated blogs” where teachers can approve posts and comments before they are published

 

 

Creating a classroom blog>5 educational blogging tools:

 

  • Class Blogmeister
  • Edublogs / Learnerblogs
  • Think.com
  • Blogger
  • Gaggle

 

 

Resource Links for classroom help:

 

http://hillkedm310spring09.blogspot.com/2009/01/blogs-in-k-12-classrooms.html

http://www.supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers

http://blogs.scholastic.com/special_ed/

http://www.blogged.com/directory/education/math/

http://blog.acm.org/csta/

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/

 

 

 

References:

  • Creating a Science Classroom Blog
  • Blogging Basics by Lorrie Jackson
  • www.eductionworld.com/a_teach/techtorial
  • Mr. Brune’s 5 th Grade Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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