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Thursday, 17 July 2008

What’s in a blog?

What’s in a blog? – Kerrie Smith :
this was created as a handout for the 2008 CEGSA conference

  • Why blog? – what would I get out of blogging?
  • What makes a good blog?
  • How do I get started? Where can I blog?
  • What is a blog roll?
  • How do I watch blogs of others?
  • Support groups
  • Tools to use in your blog
  • Using blogs with students

Why blog?

  • Learn
  • Share
  • Create
  • Collaborate
  • Professional development
  • Reflect
  • Showcase
  • Be part of a learning community
  • Chart your professional journey

What makes good blog?


  • Short paragraphs
  • Headings
  • Hyperlinks
  • Comment on the comments
  • Subscribe to your own feed

What to do with a visually noisy blog - by Christine Martell

The F reading pattern – reading for web content


  • Readers first read in a horizontal movement across the top of the page
  • Then a little further down the page, horizontally again
  • Then in a vertical movement down the left side
  • Users won’t read your post word for word
  • The first 2 paragraphs are the most important
  • Start headings, paragraphs, and bullet points with information-carrying words

Getting Started: Places where you can set up your blog

Layout, difficulty of use, and basic tools vary from blog to blog

Sue Waters: http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/getting-started-with-edublogs/


Monitoring blogs

Using blogs with students

  • Authentic audience
  • Connections between home and school
  • Literacy
  • Reflection
  • Celebrating achievements
  • Engagement with web 2.0 tools
  • Free up the writing process
  • Encourage communication
  • Feedback from others through comments


Support Groups


Blogging Corner is a place for bloggers, would-be bloggers, and blogging mentors.


an international network for educational bloggers and friends. A meeting place, as well as a coordinating location for live face-to-face and virtual events

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