For waiver day, I presented a class on creating blogs and using them in the classroom with students. The following resources were created for the class and might be helpful to teachers
This handout is for students and is about writing for a blog and is organized by sections on style, content, and editing of blog posts.
This handout is for teachers. It is an accumulation of ideas for using blogs in the classroom to practice creative, informational, response, and research-based writing.
This resource covers the technical aspects of blogging and provides instructions for creating blogs, posting, linking media and other basic skills. There are step-by-step instructions for many procedures. It was intended for teachers, but it could easily be modified for students to cover the basics of blogging.
Here is an example slide from the Power Point that covers tips for inserting media (see below).
Blogs are basically a personal webpage where information is listed in chronological fashion with each new post appearing at the top of the home screen. Generally, they are updated with new journals or articles with some regularity (if they are maintained).
Robin Love has been using Edublogs to provide an online venue for students to publish work. Each of her students have created a blog they will update weekly. She plans to use this resource for both personal reflections and student responses to literature and classroom activities.
Here is her blog if you want to check it out. All of her students blogs are linked to her page and are contained within a “class,” but as an outsider, they cannot be accessed without the password. However, students can respond to one another as posts appear.
She has created an easy to follow resource for students to use when getting started. I watched her students go through the process, and they did not appear to have any trouble.
Here is a copy of the handout for the student set-up: Love Shack Blogs
If you are interested in blogs and don’t feel comfortable getting started, let me know and I can try to help you set up.
I know there are other teachers using online publishing and collaboration tools, and I am eager to continue checking those out! More to come very soon.