What Is a Blog?
"A blog is a personal diary. A daily
pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news
outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, 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. Or not." --Blogger.com
Why Use Blogging in Education?
"The real value of blogging resides in its power to help people grow their knowledge." (--http://blogsessive.com/blogging-tips/blogging-blogging-tips/educational-blogging/ )
Preparation for Using Blogs in the Education
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by Anne Davis lists these reasons to use blogs
- Blogs provide a space for sharing opinions and learning in order to grow communities of
discourse and knowledge — a space where students and teachers can learn
from each other.
- Blogs help learners to see
knowledge as interconnected as opposed to a set of discrete facts.
- Blogs can give students a totally new perspective on the meaning of voice. As students explore
their own learning and thinking and their distinctive voices emerge.
Student voices are essential to the conversations we need to have about
- Blogs foster ownership
and choice. They help lead us away from students trying to find what
the teacher wants in terms of an answer.
- The worldwide audience provides
recognition for students that can be quite profound. Students feel
more compelled to write when they believe many others may read and respond.
It gives them motivation to excel. Students need to be taught skills to
foster a contributing audience on their blog.
- The archive feature of blogging records ongoing learning. It
facilitates reflection and
evaluation. One student told me that he could easily find his thoughts
on a matter and he could see how his thinking had changed and why.
- The opportunity for collective
and collaborative learning is enormous. Students have the opportunity
to read their classmates blogs and those of others. This is not possible
in a regular classroom setting.
- Blogging provides the possibility
of connecting with experts on the topic students are writing.
- The interactive nature of blogging creates enthusiasm for writing and
- Blogging engages students in conversation and learning.
- Blogging encourages
global conversations about learning–conversations not previously
possible in our classrooms.
- Blogging provides the opportunity for our students to learn to write for life-long learning.
- Blogging affords us the opportunity
to teach responsible public writing. Students can learn about the
power of the published word and the responsibilities involved with public
Setting Up a Blog
It is relatively easy to set up and use blogs. Free and user friendly technology is available. The two most popular platforms are Blogger and Wordpress.
Setting Up a Blog in Blogger
Now you need to provide content
for your blog. Posts are articles that you write. Each post must have a
title. The title is hyperlinked automatically. Once you have created a
post, you must 'publish' it in order that others may see it.
Your posts will always display the newest on top. You can add images, embedded media, and / or links to content elsewhere.
If you want others to visit
your blog, you should 'burn' your blog using a feed burner. You can
then add a gadget which will let people click to subscribe to your blog
as an RSS feed. You can addother gadgets which may contribute to the
nature and look of your blog.
Go to Blogger.com and log in. This will take you to the Dashboard.
Go to Settings to set up preferences.
Explore the layout view. Change the layout and add gadgets.