Blogging In The Classroom

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  • 1. North Alabama Technology Conference


  • Whats your name?
  • Where do you teach (or do what you do)?
  • Talk about blogging
    • What do you know about blogging already?
    • Why are you interested in blogging?
    • As of now, what do you think youll do with blogging?
  • Are you comfortable with technology?
  • (Carefulthis is a trick question)


  • To gain an understanding of what blogs are and how they are used in the classroom
  • Establish, format, and use an Edublogs blog
  • To be able to work with a variety of blogging platforms
    • To have a working knowledge of blog terms
  • Fortunately, teachers are good swimmers


  • Lets look at some, then well discuss them
  • Classroom 2.0 wiki page on blogs
  • Some features that most blogs share are
    • Posts
    • Pages
    • Links
  • When should a teacher use a blog in the classroom?


  • Once again, lets take a look at some blogs before we discuss them
  • (Introduce Dr. Felixs material)
  • How many blogs will I have?
    • Classroom, professional, and personal


  • Websites and wikis
  • Blogs are a form of (gasp) social networking
    • Myspace and Facebook and texting, oh my!
  • Ill have a web presence?
    • Anonymous blogging or not?
    • The Clever Sheep Take Ownership of Your Identity
  • Links from your blog (including themes)


  • Before we start, make sure you have
    • A blog URL (or two) that you want to use
    • A name for your blog
      • This may be different than the URL
    • An email address
    • A password


  • Updates and changes can occur at any time
  • Appearance may depend on the browser, local settings, and the whims of fate
  • Theres almost always a help button to click onthis is a great feature to be familiar with!

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  • Check email and get password
  • Password will show up on next screen and youll get a second email.

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  • This is part of the dashboard
  • Lets discuss each of the major areas that we can see


  • Where you select to write a post, page, or link
  • POST: An entry to the blog that is part of the main section of the blog.Posts are bumped down every time a new post is written.
  • PAGE: A static page that is not part of the main section of the blog.Pages stand alone and are viewed one at a time.
  • LINK: a hyperlink to another website.These links are found on the sidebar.


  • Where you can manage your posts, pages, links, categories, tags, media library, blog imports, blog exports, and forums.Whew.
  • Lets look a little closer at categories and tags. (Were not going to look at imports, exports, or forums today)


  • CATEGORIES: When you write a post or page, you can assign it a single category for later reference (you can show posts by category).A post for homework might be categorized as homework.
  • TAGS: These are similar to categories, but can include several words.The post above might be tagged homework, math, extra-credit

Video time: Information R/evolution by Michael Wesch 18.

  • Theme: the appearance of your blog includingits layout and basic features
  • Widgets: small programs that run (typically) in your sidebar
  • Custom Image Header: allows you to place your own picture in the header of your blog


  • This is where you view and approve all of the comments that people post to your blog entries
  • School blogs will typically havemoderated comments ; this allows you to ensure nothing inappropriate appears on your blog


  • You can purchase additional features or storage capacity for your blog
  • This might be desirable, but probably not now


  • Theme and widgets
  • Profile


  • A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory
    • General
      • Blog Title: This can be changed; your URL will not change
      • Tag line: This shows with some themes
      • Membership: This limits comments to members
      • Time zone: Were UTC-5 right now
    • Writing
      • You may want to increase the size of the post box to make it easier to see what youre doing as you post


  • A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory
    • Reading
      • Front page displays: this causes the same post or page to be displayed every time the blog is opened


  • A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory
    • Discussion
      • Before a comment appears:This is where you control who can add material to your blog
      • Comment blacklist: you can select words that will prevent a comment from being displayed


  • A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory
    • Privacy
    • Miscellaneous
      • I personally de-select crop thumbnail
    • Delete blog
      • Be sure you understand what youre asking for!
    • Blog Avatar
      • Give your name a face to go with it!


  • A few important settings that might not be self-explanatory
    • Blog type
      • Teacher: if you have a teacher blog, you can create student blogs in which you have administrative privileges
      • Student: very similar to the teacher blog, but without the subordinate blog option
    • Dashboard widgets
      • This controls how users other than yourself see the dashboard


  • Information on each of these can be found by clicking on the name


  • Authors and Users
    • More than one person can control or provide content to a blog
    • Lets take a look at a page that defines the various users (outline)
    • A subscriber can simply see the dashboard and edit his or her own profile.They may be allowed to comment.
  • Your profile
    • This is where you change your password (an odd location, in my opinion)


  • Your avatar
  • Add users
    • This allows you to add several users at once.Watch the role!
  • Invites
    • This is one way to announce your blog to the world; well, at least the part with an email address
  • Blog and User Creator
    • There are simple and advanced options


  • Teacher policy highlights
    • Training (check, youve done that)
    • Blogging service providers
    • Manage (moderate) posts and comments
    • Advise parents
    • Notify local administrator
    • Disclaimer


  • Student policy highlights
    • Blogs are an extension of the classroom
    • First names only (last initial if needed)
    • No personal information
    • Public space
    • Links
    • Teacher review


  • Student blogging policy statement
    • Age appropriate explanation
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