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These are the regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group. A blog is a publication mechanism, like a journal or bulletin. Blogs can promote open dialogue and encourage community building in which both the bloggers and commenters exchange opinions, ideas, and attitudes. Teachers can use a blog to publish instructional materials that the students can access to and where the students can make comments. Teachers can also let students set up their own blogs for a particular subject or for several subjects and then assign tasks to students. The tasks should be done using blogs (i.e., publishing articles and sharing them with other students). While the students develop their own blogs, teachers can observe and monitor the students' progress, and identify the learning needs that have not been considered (e.g., students may directly or indirectly express their doubts on blogs). As the information on students' blogs are growing, teachers need to classify, summaries and evaluate different students' blogs and then publish the teachers' opinions, directions, and feedback on their own blogs or on class blogs. By doing this, teachers are actually putting students to the right tracks, because if you just let students publish whatever they like, the use of blog could be out of control, and the relevance between the blog and the content being taught and learning will be reduced.

The advantages of blogs are:

  • The consumer and citizen are potentially better informed and this can only be good for the long-term health of our societies and economies.
  • Blogs have potential to help the organization develop stronger relationships and brand loyalty with its customers, as they interact with the ‘human face’ of the organization through blogs.
  • Blogs, in an intranet environment, can be an excellent way of sharing knowledge within the organization.
  • Blogs can be a positive way of getting feedback, and keeping your finger on the pulse, as readers react to certain pieces, suggest story ideas, etc.
  • Blogs can build the profile of the writer, showcasing the organization as having talent and expertise.

Use of Blogs in Education:

  1. Share materials, news, downloads, links and more: Anything that you post to your blog will instantly be accessible by your students from school and from home. What’s more, you can easily manage who gets to access them through passwords and privacy measures.
  2. Facilitate online discussions and collaboration: Students can simply respond to blog posts and discuss topics through comments or on our simple to use forums.
  3. Create a class publication that students can easily publish to and you can easily edit: Seamlessly produce a custom designed, finely tuned and engaging collaborative online publication by your class.
  4. Replace your newsletter and stay in touch with parents about what is going on in class:It’s very simple to post class information, news, events and more on your educational blog.
  5. Get your students blogging so that they can share their work and thoughts: Your educational blog can be used to glue together your students’ blogs which you can quickly create, co-manage, and even edit if needed.
  6. Integrate videos, podcasts, and other media: In just a couple of clicks, you can embed online videos, multimedia presentations, slideshows and more right into your educational blog posts.
  7. Create blogs for clubs, student groups, events, sports teams, or just about any type of group: Educational blogs make it easy to organize groups by keeping everyone informed.
  8. Get feedback or gather information: You can use comments, forums, or even customized forms to collect feedback, survey data, or ask anyone you’d like to give input or ideas.

How to write a good blog:

  • Choose what you want to write and be confident on your writing.
  • Do some research and collect related articles and contents from internet or books.
  • Write about the things that matter to you and you are confident on writhing.
  • Your aim, while writing a blog, must be dedicated to inspire, inform and interact with people. You cannot please everyone with your blog but try and make it easy so that most of the people that read your blog will understand what you mean.
  • Make your blog more engaging and brainstorming. Provide the ideas about your future post and keep the excitement level high for your readers.
  • Practice makes a man perfect. So never lose hope and keep on practicing.

Search contents for your blog:

Google is the best friend for searching contents for your blog. Choose good sources like renound blogs, forums and educational agencies like school colleges. There are many journals and periodicals available online you can use them and create your blog.

Edublogs

It is one of the leading blogging site.

How to register:

  1. In your address bar type edublogs.org
  2. Click on sign up now and choose I’M AN EDUCATOR.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Click on the box before I agree to terms of services.
  5. Click on continue to create a blog.
  6. Fill out the blog title and click on register and create a blog.
  7. Click on go to dashboard

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From next time, to login, we need to click on login link just below the sign up button.

In your dashboard you can create your blogs and start discussion on that topic right away.

Dashboard:

It is the main screen that comes after you log in. It has links to all the things that you can do in the edublog. In the left hand side we can see different icons from where we can access our pages, blogs, comments, plugins tools and many more stuff. In the top there are links to write a new blog create your page and learn more. Just below that you can search for the blogs in the edublog. Below that is your information. You can click on the My Posts at the right of your name to view your posts. Recent post will show you recent posts that have made in edublogs.

Dashboard
Dashboard

To create a blog you need to:

  1. Click on the Write a new blog post at the central top of the screen.
  2. Write the title in the place where it says “Enter title here”
  3. And Click on the space below the menu that has “B I” to write your content.
  4. Choose categories and tags for your blog. Tags are the words that define your blog and are used for searching your blog by others. They should be separated by comas and after typing all the tags click on add.
  5. Click on publish button, to the right on your screen, to publish your blog.

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We can click on resources to know how we can use edublogs for teaching purpose.http://www.theedublogger.com/resources/

weareteachers.com

How to register:

  1. Click on the register button at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Select appropriate designation from the drop down menu for “I am a” portion and click continue.
  3. Fill out the required forum and click on the small box at the top of the submit button. After that click on submit button.

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In: I am a select Teacher
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Fill out the form and click submit
Fill out the form and click submit

We need to verify our email to continue. A link has been sent to your email that you have provided check it and click the link they have provided in the email. This should complete your registration.

Login to use weareteachers.com

  • Click on Login at the top right corner of your screen
  • Provide the credentials you have used while your registration. (Email and password)
  • Now click on the drop down menu at the top where it says home and choose appropriate link to proceed.

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Provide Credentials and click submit
Provide Credentials and click submit

There are so many things that can be done in this site. We will focus on reading and writing a blog.This site leans more towards learning portion rather than writing portion. Move around to see what this site can offer (It has lesson plans, teaching ideas, blogs, videos and many more). We will focus on blogs for now.

Reading blogs in weareteachers.com

  • Click on the blogs from the drop down menu at the top of your screen. (Just below where it says WE are TEACHERS)
  • Blogs are divided into many categories. Select the category form the right hand side.
  • We can search blogs from the search bar which is at the right had side of the screen above “Get Our Newsletter!” button.

Some useful blogs:

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/learning_teaching/ict/theory/internet/blogs.shtml

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/52-education-blogs-you-should-follow/

http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/p/welcome-to-tba.html

http://rd-busybees.blogspot.in/



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Very Short Questions

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  • Which of the following statement is true?

    Blogs are the written by vloggers.
    Blogs increases creativity of teachers and students.
    Blogs are the only method to implement ICT in education.
    Blogs can only be biographical.
  • Blogs can be used to ______ distance beteen the teachers ans students.

    increase
    reduce
    facilitate
    none of these
  • The mostly used platform for blogging is _________.

    wordpress
    internet
    online
    php
  • Which of these does not the use of blogs by educators?

    record of field notes
    online portfolios
    chatting
    student's personal reflective journal
  • Which of these are not the platform of the blogs?

    Blogger
    Wordpress
    Typepad
    Typeon
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