Understanding the Intimacy Differences of Blogging, Video, and Podcasting - http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/11/08/blogging-video-and-podcasting/
Blogs and Wikis have some common denominators:
They are both websites
They are both user-generated (the content of blogs and wikis is created by the actual people who use the blogs or wikis)
They both allow users to comment on the content
Wikis are better than blogs for:
Archiving information for easy access
Gathering information from a group of people. For example, the wiki Library Success collects information from librarians around the world. (See this past MPLIC Tech Train blog post for more information about Library Success)
Blogs are better than wikis for:
Quickly sharing new information
Starting and maintaining a dialog between the publisher and reader
Blogging is one of the eventual realization of web 2.0 technologies. It is the driving engine behind this online information revolution. Thousands of blogs are created everyday and for different purposes. Some people blog to make money, some to share their voice with the world, some to immortalize their life events and diaries, and others blog just to vex and scam people.2005 up to this moment, thousands of educational blogs have seen the light and educators from all around the globe have been experiencing with this medium in their teaching.In this regard, I deemed it important to pause for a while and create an easy and simple guide to remind you ( in case you are an experienced blogger ) and walk the new teachers ( excited about how to use blogs in their classroom ) through the different procedures and pedagogical implications behind the use of blogs in education. I am very much hoping that this guide is not like any other guide you would find online but a real summary and fruitful addition to the load of information written on this topic.
Let me provide you first with the outline of this paper :
1- What is Blogging ?
2- Difference between A Blog and a Website
3- Free Blogging Platforms for Teachers and Students
4- How to set up a blo
5-Things to Pay Heed to when Setting up a Classroom Blog
6- Blogging Tips for Teachers
7- Advantages of Blogging in Education
8- Ways Teachers Can Use Blogs in their Classrooms
9- Examples of Successful Student, Class, and Teacher Blogs
1- What is a blog ?
" A blog is a personal website that contains content organized like a journal or a diary. Each entry is dated, and the entries are displayed on the web page in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent entry is posted at the top. Readers catch up with blogs by starting at the top and reading down until they encounter material they’ve already read. "
1- Difference between a blog and a website
Many students and some teachers still can not draw a clear border between a blog and a website. Yes a blog is, in effect, a kind of a website organized by time and is the equivalent of a diary.It is like a digital magazine fuelled by fresh content to engage audience . The idea of content refreshment is in fact one of the major differences that sets a blog from a website. The content of a website remains mostly the same. Though the webmaster could add additional pages to the website to increase the content, but the order by which the information is presented could not be later changed.. In blogs, there are posts, like the one you are reading now. Each post has its static page ( its own URL ), but the main page of the blog is dedicated to the series of later posts in reverse-chronological ( latest to oldest ) order. As for form, a blog has certain characteristics that a website does not such as : short posts, follower widgets, and commenting system . However, as a teacher here is what you need to keep in mind about a blog :
3- Free Blogging platforms for teachers and students :
Now that you have an idea about what a blog is all about, here is a list of some of the best platforms to start with. Due to space constraints, I will only cite the four popular platforms but you can check out the rest of the free blogging platforms for teachers and students in the presentation embedded below.
The world's most popular educationa blogging service, Edublogs lets you easily create and manage student and teacher blogs, quickly cutomize and include videos.
This is a free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video. This is probably the most user friendly blogging platform out there. You can set up as many blogs as you want and right from your Google account.
This is another great blogging platform for students and teachers and is very easy to use and completely free.
Check out the complete list of free blogging platforms for both teachers and students in my presentation below :
4- How to set up a blog
It depends on the kind of bloggging platform you are going to use but generally speaking, the process is very easy and takes only a couple of minutes. Here are some tutorials :
How to set up a blog on Edublog
How to set up a blog on Blogger
How to set yp a blog on Wordpress
5- Things to pay heed to when setting up a classroom blog
6- Blogging Tips for teachers
Now that you have considered using blogs with your students, here are some tips to keep in your mind before you get started :
7- Benefits of blogging in education
Here are some of the main reasons why teachers and educaors should consider blogging as an educational medium :
8- Ways to use blogs in your classroom
Here are some ways on how teachers can use blogs in their classrooms:
9- Examples of successful blogs
Here are some examples of some of the best blogs nominated for Edublogs awards for the year 2011.
1- Blogs in Education
2- Connecting through blogs
3- 11 advantages of using blogs for teachers
4- Moderating and ethics for the classroom instructional blog
5- Should all learning professionals be blogging
6- Resourcing the curriculum
7- 14 Steps to meaningful students blogging
8- 15 Awesome ways to use blogs in your classroom
9- My 17 point check-list for teaching good writing and blogging
10- How to set up a classroom blog: ten essential steps
11- Educational Blogging
12- A List of the best tools for teachers to create blogs for their students
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme's HTML.
What is Tumblr?
Millions of people sharing the things they do, find, love, think, or create.
How are people using Tumblr?
The average Tumblr user creates 14 original posts each month, and reblogs 3. Half of those posts are photos. The rest are split between text, links, quotes, music, and video.
What is reblogging?
The same way YouTube embeds make it easy for a video to become a viral hit, the "reblog" button on all Tumblr posts allows a meme to spread rapidly across thousands of blogs with just a click.
Who are Tumblr's investors?
Why Teachers Should Try Tumblr - http://ht.ly/1iQ0pA
From: learnweb2.0 wikispace
Go to Tumblr! It basically allows you to create a blog, but is different than other blog sites for a few reasons. Not only can you write and upload pictures and videos, you can also "reblog" others' posts similar to "retweeting" on Twitter. You can choose between writing your own HTML for the design or picking from hundreds of layouts other users have created and shared.
This article is intended for those who would like to start a blog, but are not sure where to begin. The resources listed below will also be placed permanently as a page on this site (it will be up for reference).
There are a few different ways to set up a blog: via an online community host (WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and HubPages are a few examples), within a website as a page, or via a private hosting and domain name of your choice (a personally owned blogging site and domain). For the purpose of this article, I will be focusing on the tools required to set up a blog with a private domain name and a hosting service.
WordPress: This blogging platform is my favorite. I use WordPress for any/all sites I create. WordPress is user friendly, however, it does take time to learn. There are thousands of themes to choose from, both free and premium. The title link to WordPress goes directly to the download site (for personal domain holders). For those who would like to join the public WordPress site, please click here.
Blogger: Extremely simple and user friendly (Google is the host, therefore, it is not a personally owned site).
Edublogs: I began my blogging journey using this platform. This is great if one has an education niche (again, not personally owned). These are also run on WordPress.
Elegant Themes: Amazing themes that cover a wide range of niches, and there are over 70 themes to choose from for only $39.00. This is one of the best deals I have seen so far.
Headway Themes: Drag and drop; however, I found this blogging theme a bit complicated.
MOJO Themes: These are very unique themes with a great deal of flexibility. They offer themes at $5.00, and run some free ones as well. I like Mojo because they are unique.
The Thesis Theme for WordPress: This theme is known as the king of SEO. It is 100% customizable and is used by most of the famous bloggers. I love this theme due to the flexibility, control and absolute personalized customization. Thesis also provides excellent support.
Blogging Domain Name and Hosting:
Before choosing a domain name, it is important to research potential keywords that will be in the name (for SEO, or search engine optimization). Choose a keyword that has a decent ranking (not too high but not too low). Google keywords can provide this information. New bloggers should also check to ensure that the site name is available.
Find a domain name: My personal choice can be found at: www.GoDaddy.com Personally, I always use GoDaddy to search for my site name and to purchase. They have great customer support and I have never run into any issues.
Once you have purchased a domain name, you will need a hosting service that will provide the platform to keep your site live. The two hosting services that I like are: Ipage and myhosting.com. Ipage offers an unbelievable amount of free services, perks, great deals, and they provide live support chat 24/7. They have always solved any issues in the timeliest manner.
IPage also provides great tutorials to help you get started. Here is an example:
Depending upon personal needs, blogging can be a very simple task. If one chooses to create a site that generates income; the details, services, and affiliate programs are endless. Please stop by for those tools next week.
Examples of Classroom BLOGS:
POSTEROUS - Quick Blog that can use email to post. You can password protect it. Teacher must approve comments before they are posted.