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School Library Tech Camp - Thing 2: Blogging





Blogs in Plain English from CommonCraft



Why Blog?

Blogs are a great way to share information with others. You can post assignments to a class blog for easy access by students, create projects for classroom use, keep parents informed about news and activities in school. Students can use blogs as a place to share their progress on projects, to share their writing and other creations, to comment on the work of other students. Your own blog can also give you a place to share ideas with about your work and start creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) of colleagues who are interested in the same things you are.


Uses in Schools:


What are blogs good for?

  • Writing, critiquing, analyzing, research chronicle, journaling, sharing projects.
  • Replace the traditional 'log' notebook. Teacher can review log without student handing it in and being without it while it's being graded.
  • Students are more engaged in the writing process. they have a global audience, parents can be more involved, students can learn from each other, connections with students around the world.


Ways to use blogs:

  • Instructor sets up a blog and post topics for discussion. Students & instructors interact in the comments section
  • Students are co-editors of your blog and can post topics for discussion. Students & instructors interact through the comments section.
  • Each participant has their own blog that they can use for writing, reflection on a project, chronicle of a research project Instructor and other students can monitor blogs and participate through the comments.


Main Activity


In this activity you'll set up a blog to post your thoughts, ideas and notes during the workshop. If you already have a blog, why not try out a different service to see how they compare. These are all free and could easily be used with students.


1: Pick one of theses services and create a blog


  • - Tons of options for customizing. Lots of widgets to add to the sidebars. But there are limits on the types of things you can embed in your posts. Check the help pages and these WordPressTV videos.
  • EduBlogs - Works the same way as Had ads on the free pages. Pro account (~$40/year) lets you turn off the ads on 30 free accounts, perfect for a classroom.   More options for embedding video than you have with 
  • Blogger - Google's free blogging platform. Includes options to add tons of extra widgets on the sidebars. And more options for embedding video than you have with
  • Posterous - I love this service for posting notes and ideas quickly. You can add a button to your browser tool bar and add content directly from other web pages. I use my posterous account to save recipes and home renovations ideas. You can even post by email. Iin fact, that's how you get started with Posterous.
    • Fire up your email account send something like "hello world!" to
    • Within a minute or two, you'll get two messages back saying your account has been set up.
    • Follow the link for Set up a password for this site.
    • And click on the confirmation link in the other email.
    • Follow the directions on the screen and your site is all set up.
    • Click on the Manage link at the top of the screen to see all the options.
    • You can post via the web, email, text message and more
    • See the bookmarklet page to add a posting shortcut to your toolbar.
    • Explore!


2: Write your first blog post!

  • Jot down some notes about what you want to learn this weekend, ideas you have for using these tools in your classes.


3: Register your new blog so we can all share ideas. 

  •     Take a look at your colleagues blogs and share your thoughts via comments.




Additional Activities:


  • Add more content to your blog.
  • Explore options for adding material to the sidebars on WordPress, Edublogs & Blogger.
  • Find the RSS feed for your blog and add it to your Google Reader, iGoogle or NetVibes account.


More Resources:



Student Learning projects


School Library Blogs


These sites include lists of more blogs to explore


Blogs for the teacher/librarian: professional reading, resources, librarian blogs



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