Activity: Engaging Student Writing with Weblogs

One of the great things about technology today is the way in which people come up with creative applications that were not initially envisioned by anyone.

An example of this is the social invention known as blogging, a contraction of web logging.

Why are we talking about this obscure topic in a course for educators? Because blogs cause kids (and some adults) to get excited about writing, and what's not to love about that!

At the end of this session, you're going to...

Definitions and Background

Let's divide and conquer your innocence on this topic by working in teams to get a handle on what blogging is and how to do it. Working in pairs, read the following pages and be prepared to explain them to your partner. One of you is A, the other B.

First, look at some examples. Answer these questions:

A
B
Neil Gaiman A Family in Baghdad
Wes Molebash Defective Yeti
Looka! Andrew Sullivan
Jenny Levine Bernie Dodge
hipteacher Reflections of a Techie

Now look at the history of blogs, at least as seen in their earliest days....

A
B
Fear of Links (1999) Weblogs: A History and Perspective (2000)

Next... both of you explore this site. Generate a list of ideas for using weblogs in your own teaching.

AB

Finally, let's start your blog. Go to Blogger.com. I'll walk you through the process of setting up your blog on Blogspot.

I've prepared a job aid to guide you.

Additional Blogging Resources

For further exploration...

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