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Blogs: A Web 2.0 Teaching Tool Facilitator: Reba Gordon Matthews Site Ed. Tech Johnson Magnet School

Classroom Blogs: A Web 2.0 Teaching Tool


Hands-On Workshop Link: Short Link:

Agenda January 25, 2011 Before Workshop Tasks

Sign-up for the Blogging Tools Identify yourself as a Novice or Proficient Tech User (On Laptop) Blue Sticky – Novice Yellow Sticky – Proficient Think of a name for your blog

1:30 – 1:40

Workshop Goals and Objectives (Optional) Follow Along “Online” on the 157 Staff Dev Blog

1:40 – 1:50

Description of Workshop Format: Facilitating the Workshop from a Blog


What is a Blog? Why Blog?

- 2:10

Videos: ƒ What is a Blog – CommonCraft (3 min) ƒ Blogger – BloggerHelp (3 min) Quick Show of other Educational Blogs (see blog sidebar) Review (2) of R. Matthews’ Blogs & Parts (see blog sidebar) Learn the parts of a blog & how they work 2:10 -2:30

“Create Your Blog in 5 minutes Flat”

2:30 – 3:15

Hands-On Blogging Workshop

3:00 – 3:20

Workshop Accountability: • Collecting the “urls” of teachers’ blogs – Reba

3:20 – 3:30

Showcase some of the New (in progress) Johnson Blogs Student Blogging Info Video: (if time) – (3min)

3:20 – 3:30

Debrief / Questions

Blog Workshop Resource Links

Google: Blogger- General Blog: (Step One) Blogger in Draft – (if you want pgs in blog) – (Step 2) Proficient Users (optional) Reba Gordon Matthews’ Blogs: Workshop Blog: “157 Staff Development Blog” Short Link: Professional Blog: “Techie Lab Teacher Blogspot” Short Link: Classroom Blog: “Project Research Lab Blog” Short Link: (work in progress) Kid Safe & Friendly Blogging Area Test Blog Area: Short Link: Research Lab Blog Area (Grades 3 -5) Short Link:


4 Blog Workshop Resource Links (cont.)

Blogging Objects and Embedding Resources Voki: Talking voice character or avatar issuu: Online service that turns your uploaded docs into a polished magazinelike format. SlideShare: Online service where users can upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF documents. AuthorStream: Online platform for sharing PowerPoint presentations on the Internet. Allows you to download them as videos. Also keeps the animation feature active in the presentation. Shortens your links and you can share them w/others easier VoiceThread: Transforms pictures, docs, video into a collaborative space with video, voice, and text comments

5 Blog Workshop Resource Links (cont.)

Example of a VoiceThread on my blog: “The 5-Step Writing Process”

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Other Blogging Resources BES Blogs – Parent Info on Blogging Berthoud Elementary School in Berthoud, Colorado Other Educational Classroom Blogs Miss McMillian’s Blog Creative Cougar Blog Dogs Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog Kndg – 1st Grade Class Blog

6 Blog Workshop Resource Links (cont.)

EXCELLENT Technology Resource Blog Free Technology 4 Teachers by Richard Bryne Edublog Winner for: Best Individual Blog Best Resource Sharing Blog Best Educational Tech Support Blog

Edublog Teacher Challenge: – 30 Day Online Blogging Prof. Dev. (Complete tasks at your own pace) Link: Shorten Link:

2010 Edublog Awards: Leaders in the Web 2.0 Tech Arena (blogs, webinars, podcasting, wiki, virtual worlds, video, tech support, PLNs – Personal Learning Networks, etc.) Link: Shorten Link:

Classroom Blogs - Workshop Packet  

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