Blogs are powerful teaching and learning tools for both students and teachers. They can be used for student reflection, class webpages, professional development, and much more. The resources provided below introduce teachers to blogging on the read/write web. Feel free to share your blog below or any ideas on how to incorporate blogs into a classroom. More information on blogs can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogs

Blogs in Plain English
By Common Craft
Other Videos at: http://www.commoncraft.com


Blog if You Love Learning: An Introduction to Weblogs in Education (Basic)
by Marc Wagner
http://k12online.wm.edu/BlogIfYouLoveLearning.mov
This session briefly introduces participants to the read/write web, and to weblogs, or blogs, specifically. A live demonstration of Edublogs will illustrate that… “If you can email, you can blog.” This presentation was first given at the K12 Conference Online in 2006.

Ideas for Integrating Blogs Across the Curriculum

One Example Is -
Audio-Blog a Family Reunion
Have students bring in photos of their family events. Students could post these on VoiceThread (http://www.voicethread.com). This is an online audio blogging site that allows you to upload photos and then post a voice response to the image. You can also annotate the image with text. Student and family members could all leave their impressions about what happened at various family events. What a great way to make a family genealogy project more dynamic.

For more examples -
Please feel free to add how you use blogs to this list and then repost.
external image msword.png Ideas for Classroom Blogs.doc (Office 2003)

It is also recommended that you review theses session files -
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation.png Part I - Creating Your First Blog.pptx (Office 2007)
external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png Part I - Creating Your First Blog.ppt (Office 2003)
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation.png Part II - Adding Page Elements.pptx (Office 2007)

external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png Part II - Adding Page Elements.ppt (Office 2003)
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation.png Part III - Making Your Blog Dynamic.pptx (Office 2007)
external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png Part III - Making Your Blog Dynamic.ppt (Office 2003)
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation.png Part IV - Embed Video, Audio and Documents.pptx (Office 2007)

external image vnd.ms-powerpoint.png Part IV - Embed Video, Audio and Documents.ppt (Office 2003)


Tips for Promoting Your Blog
  • Write quality content and do it well.
  • Keep your posts and paragraphs short.
  • Publish regular updates.
  • Submit your address to blog search sites and directories.
  • Put your blog URL in your email signature

More tips can be found at: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=42377

Blog Providers
Blogger - http://www.blogger.com
Edublogs - http://edublogs.org/
Thoughts - http://www.thoughts.com
Vox - http://www.vox.com

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