Blog If You Love Learning: An Introduction to Weblogs in Education


Mark Wagner
Educational Technology and Life
mark@edtechlife.com

Slides (Quicktime Format)

Interactive Demo
  • What is a blog?
  • What is the read/write web?
  • What do these technologies mean for you and your students?

Pets and Babies: See Clark's blog as an example of a multimedia (niche) blog: http://clarkkelley.blogspot.com

Create an Account at Blogger.com (or use your existing Google Account)
Or, Create an Account at Edublogs.org

The One-Way Web
  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • Read-Only Web
  • Web 1.0

The Two-Way Web
  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Read/Write Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

Blogs
  • Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
  • Easily created
  • Easily updated
  • If you can email, you can blog.
  • Blogs allow visitors to comment.

Educational Blogs

Subject Specific Examples

Middle School Examples (for CLMS from my colleagues on Twitter)

More Examples: http://www.supportblogging.com

Reflection: Add your comment to our demo blog:
  • How might you use a blog or blogs with your class?
  • What are your next steps?

Hands-On with Blogger.com or Edublogs.org

Practice: Read, Reflect, Write, Respond...

Better Blogging

Benefits
  • Engagement and Motivation
  • Context
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection and Metacognition

Concerns

Proactive Strategies
  • Citizen Journalism and Citizen Police Work
  • Legal Protections
  • Safety Tips for Students
  • Safety Tips for Parents
  • Communication and Empathy

Reflection
  • What do you see as obstacles to your use of blogs in your class?
  • What might you do to overcome these obstacles?

Online Evaluation (Not Currently Open)

Blog Search Engines:
Technorati.com
Google Blog Search

Next Steps:
RSS - http://reallysimple.wikispaces.com - Subscribe to blogs (and other "Feeds") so that the updates come to you!
Wikis - http://wikiwhileyouwork.wikispaces.com - A wiki is a website that visitors can edit, making it another two-way collaboration tool.
Podcasting - http://podcastined.wikispaces.com - A podcast is like a blog with audio or video. Create your own online radio or TV show!
Twitter - http://twittermethis.wikispaces.com - Join a global learning community and feel good about it... while social microblogging!

Learning to Network & Networking to Learn: Beyond The Tools - http://networktolearn.wikispaces.com


*Thanks to Lisa Thuman and her PLN for this update.