Thing 2 Become a Blogger

A blog is one of the core publishing/communication tools of Web 2.0. A blog, at its simplest, is a website containing an archived series of posts (e.g. articles, news items, commentaries, journal entries, stories, reviews, summaries, etc...), organized by categories (or tags), with a place for readers to leave comments. Readers can subscribe to the blog using a special type of code called an RSS (or similar) feed. A blog may have one or many authors, and can be about any topic, from personal to political to professional.

Blogs connect ideas and people.

Blogging can provide teachers and students with an authentic opportunity to express themselves, synthesize ideas from many sources, engage in discussion and debate, write for an audience beyond the classroom, reflect on their own learning, teach and mentor others, and connect with peers and experts around the globe. As you work through the next few "Things," and the remainder of the course, you will begin to learn more about blogs and their powerful potential for personal and professional learning, reflection and communication.

Today, the primary goal is to get you "up and blogging."

Your personal blog is the most important component of the K12 Learning 2.0 course. You will use your blog to document your learning, discoveries and experimentation throughout the course. It will also serve as your course portfolio, or record of completion. For tips on using Edublogs and maximizing your K12 Learning 2.0 blogging experience, visit our Edublogs Help page.



Discovery Exercise

As you watch the video below, consider the term "NEWS" as meaning any content or topic that is relevant to you and/or your students.

Blogs in Plain English (3:00)

You Tube video link

Getting started:

Set up your blog at Edublogs.org

¤ IMPORTANT: After you have registered your blog, BE SURE to add your blog address to the Google tracking spreadsheet. I will use these addresses to remove the ads from your blogs and to subscribe to your blogs in my RSS reader so that I can follow your progress. Coaches and participants will also use the Google spreadsheet to locate each others' blogs.

‡ HELP Page:: Signing up for an Edublog
‡ HELP Article & Video: Quick Tour of the All-New New Edublogs Features

(Additional Edublogs help resources available on the Edublogs Help Page )




¤ NOTE: Your blog will serve as the record of your learning in this course.

If you are wondering how long your blog posts need to be:
  • Your blog posts should be as long as they need to be for you to meaningfully express your thoughts and reflect on your learning. You will get out of the course what you put in. Others will read and learn from what you post. What would you want your own students to do?
  • If none of those guidelines are working for you... aim for at least a solid paragraph that addresses all of the main questions/points of the task.

Before you get started blogging, please consider the following:

Tips for a Richer K12 Learning 2.0 Blogging Experience

  • Your blog will be as meaningful as you make it. Invest in your reflections and spend a little time crafting your posts. Take time to link, format your text and possibly add images. Feel free go beyond the minimum posting requirements. The blog is truly yours.
  • Be brave when posting and celebrate your learning. We all struggle and experience frustration and can benefit from hearing about others' experiences. We also want to hear about your discoveries and problem-solving triumphs!
  • Be generous in commenting on other participants blogs. Blogging is meant to engage readers in two-way communication. We are a community of learners. If you take a little time to encourage and respond to others' posts, they will respond in kind.

HELP Video: How to write and publish a basic blog post

Stretch Task

(P. S. I hope everyone does this one!) Blogging is meant to be a conversation and we are a community of learners.

CALLIE =-- HOW ARE WE GOING TO SHARE BLOG ADDRESSES WITH EACHOTHER

Check the Blog address listings in our course spreadsheet (remember, there are three sheets) and visit the blogs of two colleagues -- Read their Thing 1 or Thing 2 posts and leave a comment in response -- be sure to include your blog address in the Website field!

‡ HELP Video: How to leave a comment on someone's blog


NOW GO TO THING 2 PAGE 2. THIS IS ALSO REQUIRED. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE HOW OTHERS ARE USING BLOGGING.

Course used with permission from K – 12 Learning 2.0