Blogging for Learning



Objectives: In this training, participants will...

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  • learn about blogging

  • explore educational blogs

  • create & customize blogs

  • post their own blogs

  • share their blogs with others

  • read & post comments on other blogs

  • discuss ways in which blogs can be used in the classroom





An Introduction to Blogging:







Various Educational Blogs
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Getting Started with Blogging:

1. Sign up for an account on Blogger. If you already have a Google account (for Gmail, Docs, etc.), you simply need to sign in using your username & password for Google.

Other blogging platforms include: WordPress, Edublogs, Kidblog, and TypePad. You can later explore these & decide if you'd rather use any of them instead of Blogger. Blogging is personal, so the tool is a personal choice. Mainly remember--It's not the tool, it's how you use it!


Here’s some things to consider before creating your blog:
*username
*Blog title/URL


2. Customize Your Blog:


3. Post a blog

Activity A: Write a blog on one of the following topics:
    • How technology has changed the classroom
    • My first year of teaching
    • When I was in school...
    • How public schools should change


4. Share your blog post with others.

Blogging isn’t just about writing posts – it’s about sharing your learning and reflecting on what you have learned.
Important parts of the blogging process include encouraging students to:

    • Read other people’s blog posts
    • Interact and comment on other people’s blog posts to challenge each others thoughts and views
    • Write posts in response to other bloggers’ posts
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(from Edublog)

Commenting Guidelines

GCS Social Media Guidelines

Facebook/Online Communities Guidelines for GCS

Activity B:

Send an email to a classmate sitting next to you with the URL of your blog in the message. Share your email address so that he/she may also share his/her URL. Read his/her blog post, & write comments in response to what he/she wrote. After posting your comments, return to your blog, & read the comments left for you. Reply to those comments.


5. Blogging in the classroom:


Activity C: Think-pair-Share
    • How could blogs be used to enhance teaching & learning in & out of the classroom?
    • How can you use blogs in your current role?


6. Final thoughts:


Activity D: Please read & comment on my EduBlog page. There are 3 questions to reflect/comment on within my post. Please respond to all 3.



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