Part C: Going Online

Going Online – Classroom Blog



What is a ‘blog’?


‘Blog is an abbreviated version of ‘weblog’, which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.


Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author’s daily life and thoughts.

(WordPress, Introduction to WordPress – Blogging)


Why Should I integrate blogging into my classroom?


Blogging is important in today’s classroom! Blogging can be used to effectively teach:

  • Authentic writing
  • Online safety
  • Digital citizenship
  • Media literacy
  • Reading comprehension and critical thinking skills

(Callison, Blogging in the Classroom)


Examples of software packages: 



Some useful terms:


Blog – a contraction of weblog, a form of on-line writing

Blogging – the act of posting on blogs

Blogger – a person who blogs

Captcha – short for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.

Comments – enabling readers to leaver their remarks

Dashboard – when you login to your blogging account, it is the first screen with all controls, tools and functions

Group blog – with multiple contributing bloggers

Index Page – the front page of the blog

Podcasting – a method of distributing multimedia files (audio/videos) online using feeds for playback on mobile devices and personal computers

Post, Entry – individual articles that make up a blog


Technical Requirements of the Software:


When using a blog in the classroom it is important that all safety measures are met. This is important because ‘going online’ can have explicit material inappropriate for children to view. Therefore it is necessary to be careful when choosing which blog site to bring into the classroom.

Going online and using a blog site also requires the internet, a modem and a computer. These can be hard to set up, however, most classrooms have a computer or a class set of laptops which the school supplies.


Costs, educational pricing, licensing and Software:


The weblog site is free to use, however, the costs involved include the internet connection and resources including computer and modem. 





Helpful Links



References and Resources



Syllabus Outcomes



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