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Open Source Blog Session at NECC

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Learning with Blogs: Brininging the Read/Write Web Into the Classroom


Thanks for coming to the Open Source Pavillion for this introductory session to blogs.


If you already blog, add your name here. The password is rww. Just use the brackets to enclose your URL and your blog name separated by | which is just above the enter key on your keyboard. (You'll get the idea when you get to the editing form.)

Name / Blog Name:

Will Richardson


History of Blogs

  • 40+ million blogs today
  • New blog every second
  • 1.2 million posts each day


Why Weblogs in the Classroom?

  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Audience
  • Linking
  • Reflecting
  • Archiving


What is blogging (the verb)?

  • Posting assignments. (Not blogging)
  • Journaling, i.e. “This is what I did today.” (Not blogging)
  • Posting links (Not blogging)
  • Links with descriptive annotation, i.e. “This site is about…” (Not really blogging either, but getting close depending on the depth of the description.)
  • Links with analysis that gets into the meaning of the content being linked. (A simple form of blogging.)
  • Reflective, meta-cognitive writing on practice without links. (Complex writing, but simple blogging, I think. Commenting would probably fall in here somewhere.)
  • Links with analysis and synthesis that articulates a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with potential audience response in mind. (Real blogging)
  • Extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links and comments. (Complex blogging)


Sample Blogs in Classrooms


Get Started

  • edublogs.org
    • Word Press Roles
      • Administrator - Somebody who has access to all the administration features
      • Editor - Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people's posts, etc.
      • Author - Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
      • Contributor - Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
      • Subscriber - Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.
  • blogger.com

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